Pst! Want to hear a secret? Just like that, an audience is drawn into The Book of Secrets.
Yes, this is a book about secrets. A lot of secrets. Some of the secrets are certainly dark, but Arnold seems to be sending an even more powerful message- sometimes it’s the keeping of the secrets, rather than their contents, that is darkest.
This is a book about secrets, but it is also a book about books. It has been said that this book is a love letter to literature. That’s certainly what drew me into the story. I enjoyed how each section was written for a different book- beginning with The Chronicles of Narnia, but also including Shakespeare, Crusoe, and Poe among others.
It’s also about people’s interactions with others and about perceptions. At its heart, that’s one of the strengths of fiction: allowing us to see the world from multiple vantage points.
But, if you want to find out all the secrets in this book, you’ll have to read it for yourself.
My best to you all,