Book Review: Artism: Art is Murder

Title: Artism: Art is Murder (A Modern Tragimystery)

Author: Michael Sandels

Narrator: Michael Sandels




From Michael Sandels comes the new novel Artism: Art Is Murder – a powerful tale of greed, family, and dark suspense.

It was a typical afternoon in Northfield, Minnesota, when a middle-aged, autistic artist named Dutton James revealed to the world his new series of otherworldly, enigmatic sculptures, leaving art critics and the public stunned and intrigued. Then the questions started.

What are these bizarre objects? From what planet or nightmare were they hatched? In the weeks that follow, as the mysterious artist’s fame skyrockets, Emma, Dutton’s millennial stalker fan, attempts to enter the artist’s dangerous, opaque world in order to uncover the answers. And as the surprises unfold, she will discover many horrific secrets lying in wait, and the twisted answers leave no safe place to go. For anyone.

From the author of audiobooks like The End of the Word as We Know It and 2036: The Year Trump Stepped DownArtism blends suspense, humor, a cast of vivid characters, and unexpected psychological insight in a richly textured, exciting listen.

Experience the enthralling and shocking Artism: Art Is Murder.


My Review

4/5 Stars

This story centers around an autistic artist named Dutton. When he unveils a collection of new art pieces at a Minnesota art fair, people aren’t sure what to think. As his fame skyrockets, he ends with a stalker named Emma who’s determined to figure out his secret. What she finds out, however, is something straight from a nightmare.

This was a different book. Not only in the plot, but the way that each chapter was set up. We get to see into each of the 6 main characters’ POV with every chapter, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book like that before. It was interesting though it did take some of the suspense out of it a bit.

The characters are funny though and there were a lot of moments that had me laughing whether it be at the characters’ interactions of their internal thoughts. Those moments are what kept me listening.

Narration wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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