The Keeper of Secrets follows three plotlines all linked by a rare violin that was stolen by the Nazis. While the story of the violin starting in 1935 Berlin was interesting, the story surrounding the descendent in 2008 was quite mundane and seemed to serve only as a way to make the violin’s original owners seek it out once more. Daniel’s sudden refusal to play the violin felt contrived as did much of the modern-day story. The introduction of a third set of characters (those in current possession of the violin) further diluted the plot. Given how quickly the resolution came, it was wholly unnecessary to bring in so much background about the violin’s current owner.
Review copy provided by the publisher, William Morrow.