The Keeper of Secrets: A Novel

The Keeper of Secrets: A Novel

by Julie Thomas
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The Keeper of Secrets: A Novel by Julie Thomas

Beautiful and mysterious, The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas follows a priceless violin across generations—from WWII to Stalinist Russia to the gilded international concert halls of today—and reveals the loss, love, and secrets of the families who owned it.
In 1939 Berlin, 14-year-old Simon Horowitz’s world is stirred by his father's 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. When Nazis march across Europe and Simon is sent to Dachau, he finds unexpected kindness, and a chance to live.
In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez finds himself inspired by Daniel Horowitz, a 14-year-old violin virtuoso who refuses to play. When Rafael learns that the boy's family once owned a precious violin believed to have been lost forever, Rafael seizes the power of history and discovers a family story like no other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062240309
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julie Thomas lives in Cambridge, New Zealand. She wrote The Keeper of Secrets over a seven-year period while writing and producing television and film full-time.

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KiwiKathleen More than 1 year ago
I never had the talent of young Daniel in this book but I was brought up in a musical family. The five of us all learnt piano (which our maternal grandmother taught), plus an orchestral instrument (all starting on the violin but while we three girls stayed on strings the boys moved to brass), and we all played in the concert band our father founded and conducted (the girls playing percussion in it). Now three of us make a living as professional musicians. So I can relate both to Daniel and to his parents, with their dreams and fears and encompassing love for classical music. This, of course, makes it hard for me to evaluate how well Julie Thomas has conveyed all of that to a reader who hasn't had a connection to the music world. But it seems to me that if it drew me in so fully, then it will also be very real to others. The story spans some 70 years as we learn the story of Daniel's grandfather and his family - Jews caught in the Holocaust - and the story of the Violin and what happened to it after the family were taken by the Nazis. We meet people with great passion and great skills and great hearts, and we experience love and suffering, all through the unravelling of the past as it becomes Daniel's story to hold and treasure. Daniel also needs to make a decision about his future. Who will help him with that? Although the pace of this book is gentle, its content will sit deep with you. It's suitable for both teenage and adult readers as it juxtaposes worlds of glamour with horror and savagery in a way that both wrenches at the heart and causes it to soar - an excellent novel.
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
A touching story about a music virtuoso of fourteen years old who questioned his gift and the sacrifices that come with an artist's life. Daniel Horowitz is a violoin prodigy with a bright future ahead of him. But, he just wants to live a normal life while enjoying his music. Difficult to understand, accept and appreciate a musical gift when you want to be able to play baseball with your friends and live a life away from rehearsals, classes and concerts. Also difficult to be understanding parents when you see the incredible potential of your child ... Should you be pushing him, finding for compromise or just be supportive of whatever decision he will take ? But this novel also tells the story of a beautiful violin stolen from a Jewish family during World War II that reappears in the hands of a Russian millionaire in the United States. A violin enclosing the memories and emotions of all the hands in which it has passed. I spent a wonderful time in the company of characters and especially following the violin.  Soul-stirring! Lucie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no musical training or talent.. Don't let that stop you! I hope this author realizes what a fasinating story she has created. BRAVA!!!!!!!!!
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Good and appropiate ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Music history love. All very earm and tich.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with good characterization of the emotions of the principal players. This heart-rending story is filled with both pathos and joy. I didn't want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no musical training or talent, but I loved this book! A very engrossing story.
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