The Secret of Heaven – Felix Alexander

The Secret of Heaven

I was given this book in return for a review and I really enjoyed it. I was attracted to this book because I had just finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and was looking forward to another adventure that channelled legends, religion and was enthralled in mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I saw a lot of similarities between it and The Da Vinci Code. It was intriguing and had lots of interesting characters throughout.

Aiden Leonardo, a Professor of Biblical Studies is the number one suspect in the murder of his associate and friend Lazzaro de Medici. He arrived at his home to find him dying and on his last breath he left Aiden with an important task. Before he realises he has the help of his fiancé, and his friends who are trying to protect him and help him unravel the mystery.

From the very beginning you know what is happening and you are omniscient throughout or so it would seem. The story is constructed of the back of religious history, ancient languages and secret societies. It not only delves into Christian history but also into the Muslim faith and more which I really enjoyed reading about. It transports you back to the time of Jesus and his followers and again questions the construction of the Bible.

I enjoyed the characters in this book but it took me a few chapters in to get my head around the similar names and surnames especially between a father and son. There were a lot of connections between the characters and a lot of behind the scenes relationships which immediately added complications and a lack of trust into an already mysterious plot, however it really added to the story because you started to question who was trustworthy. Many of the characters feed into your familiar types such as strong females, corrupt officials and intelligent professors, however I don’t mention this as a critique but more as an observance, I do enjoy plots with corrupt governments and a wider global setting which this book definitely delves into.

I enjoyed the twist at the end and found this book very easy to read, it takes the reader on a fast-paced and page-turning adventure from start to finish. It’s a hard book to put down once started and I was shocked to find out that this is the first in a series so I’m intrigued to see what direction it will head in next.

I gave this book a  4 out of 5 stars on goodreads and I will be keeping a lookout for the author and the next book in this series. Definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the works of Dan Brown and other authors who delve into mysteries surrounding religion.

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