Symphony of Secrets

by Brendan Slocumb
If you loved Slocum's The Violin Conspiracy - you won't want to miss this one. It's creative, intriguing, and the characters are unforgettable. The story is multi-layered, covering issues like justice, power and greed, abuse and racism.  Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb #historicalfiction, #womensfiction, #reading, #BooksToRead, #bookclub, #reading, #books,symphony-of-secrets,#brendanslocumb

Book Review

(by- Linda )

Too often, after loving an author's debut novel, I am disappointed with the second book. However, I am happy to say Symphony of Secrets is just as captivating and thought-provoking as The Violin Conspiracy. I loved it.

The story jumps between the present day and the past. In the present day, Bern, a professor, is commissioned to authenticate a recently discovered composition from Frederick Delaney, a famous composer. While researching, he discovers Delaney's work belongs to Josephine, a young black composer. He wants to set things right for history and for Josephine's descendants. However, the Delaney organization is powerful and has no intention of revealing this secret. Bern must then decide whether to fight this organization or let things remain the same.

The other timeline takes place in the 1920s. It follows Fredrick Delaney and shows how he struggled financially and professionally until he met Josephine. He recognizes that she is a brilliant musician. However, she struggles to adapt to her environment because her brain processes things in an unusual manner, and she quickly gets distracted or becomes overwhelmed. Eventually, with a bit of cajoling, she becomes his partner. He splits the proceeds of their work, at least initially, but never gives her any credit.

This fantastic, nuanced novel will appeal to classical music lovers, historical fiction fans, book clubs, and those who love an excellent, suspenseful mystery.

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