Sometimes far too slow, sometimes too repetitive. I enjoyed and loved the first book, "The Shakespeare Secret", as much as I longed for "The Shakespeare Curse" to come to an end.
Idea could be intriguing, but the way facts and twists have been exploited is not even similar to the genius behind the first chapter of the saga.
It really seems that this second book tries to run after the success of the first one. We're now facing the magic and the mystic and even if they've been linked to historical facts and places and works it's still far too improbable.
An interesting mystery novel on the traces of "The Da Vinci Code", with less hype and about the same writing style - decent but not amazing. And less of a page-turner, too. Still, a very entertaining read.
The idea is brilliant: an investigation not only on *what* has gone lost of Shapespeares's work but also on *who* he really was.
A simple jewel leads Kate, an Howard intelligent disciple, to a long trip all around the world, from the superb lights of London's Globe theatre to the desert lands of Arizona.
Historical characters and events, some of them unknown, some others barely known, are presented one after one and, suddenly, linked each others. Reader can't help but going on, trying to understand why they are and how. And, above all, how all that can demonstrate that Shakespeare, an author whose private life is a blank page, indeed never existed. The most likeable theory is that he was nothing but a fake. An imaginary figure created by five different persons with a deep interest in theatre and poetry. But, in the same time, the small looks the author gives about a misterious woman and Shakespeare himself, looks dated XII Century, puzzle the mind. Changes arrive so sudden and unexpected that's almost impossible to follow the running of the events. But, in the end, everything is perfectly clear.
A crazy plot involving real characters - fictional and historical - that, despite the usual thriller's setting, are well-defined and likeable.
Impossible to avoid thinking about similarities with Da Vinci Code's plot. As it happens in DVC, also in SS there's a wordly famous figure - in this instance, a playwriter - who's kinda of... fake. What people in the world have always known on Shakespeare is nothing but a trick. His personal story, so obscure and unknown, is rather different from the story supposed by historians and written in books....Continua
This was a very good literary thriller set in London, Harvard and the American southwest. I liked the mix of literary clues set in archives and libraries.
A clever book that I preferred to the Da Vinci Code, although that may be my interest in Shakespeare.
It was one of those books that kept you suspended throughout with the twists regarding the killer, the plays and the identity of Shakespeare himself.
The historical flashbacks and the academic speak stopped this book from being a completely absorbing read, and at times I found it difficult to see the reason for some characters relationships.
Overall it was enjoyable and informative and as I love historical fiction it was the sort of book I was bound to enjoy.