This book was not what I was expecting. It turned out to be a series of what were essentially vignettes going progessively back in time following the owners of a (supposed) Vermeer painting. Each chapter was therefore completely new characters, with the only commonality being the painting itself. I was hoping for a more traditional novel and this format did not hold my interest. I never felt compelled to move on to the next chapter, and so I just stopped reading it partway through.