The Keeper Of Secrets
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The Keeper Of Secrets : A Novel

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 134 x 204 x 26mm | 260g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • WILLIAM MORROW
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0062240307
  • 9780062240309
  • 69,498

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[G]rand in scope, rich with musicality --Kirkus"
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Back cover copy

A priceless violin. A family torn apart.
A decision that could change everything.

Berlin, 1939. Fourteen-year-old Simon Horowitz is awash in a world of music. His family owns a superb collection of instruments and at its heart is his father's 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. But all is lost when the Nazis march across Europe, the Horowitz family's possessions are confiscated, and Simon and his father and brother are sent to Dachau. Amid unimaginable cruelty and death, Simon finds kindness from an unexpected corner, and a chance to pick up a violin in exchange for a chance to live.

In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez has seen much in his time on the world's stage, but he finds himself oddly inspired by the playing of an aspiring violin virtuoso, a fantastic talent who is just fourteen. When the boy, Daniel Horowitz, Simon's grandson, suddenly rebels and refuses toplay another note, Rafael decides he'll do anything he can to change that. After Rafael learns the boy's family once owned a precious violin, believed to have been lost forever, he thinks he might know how to get Daniel playing again. In taking on the task he discovers a family story like no other, one that winds from World War II and Communist Russia all the way to Rafael's very own stage.
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Rating details

2,229 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 30% (678)
4 44% (979)
3 21% (462)
2 3% (77)
1 1% (33)

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The Keeper of Secrets is proving to be one of those "just one more chapter" books responsible for bags under my eyes, day dreaming at my desk and music, so much music, in my mind. Julie Thomas has penned an absolute joy for her debut, a tale of loss and love, that transports you across oceans and across generations. Her writing evokes vivid images and strong emotions. You can almost hear the sounds of Berlin as chaos descends, smell the soiled blankets in the barracks of Dachau and, most importantly, feel the swell of your heart as she describes the many musical moments as only a real lover of classical music could. I'm quite certain I will be reading The Keeper of Secrets more than once and eagerly anticipate Thomas's next endeavour.show more
by Reuben Aitchison
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