Conspiracy theories, scandal and a search for the truth; The Secret of Heaven is the fast-paced, action-packed mystery by rising author, Felix Alexander.
The set up is simple; Aiden wakes up in a hospital with no memory and finds himself at the centre of a mystery surrounding disgraced investment banker, Lazzaro de Medici. Amidst the mystery is the message that lingers in Aiden’s mind ‘expose the secret of heaven’, the search for the ‘lost bible’ and a mysterious figure called ‘Helel’.
Despite the odd confusion regarding the names ‘Lazzaro’ and his son ‘Lorenzo,’ I enjoyed this book as much for its fast-paced action as the mystery that unravels with each chapter. I am no expert when it comes to religion, but it is clear that Alexander knows his stuff, and his passion shines through his writing. The technology Alexander’s characters use within a story surrounded by ancient history and religious scriptures provides a contemporary make-over to the mysteries and intrigue surrounding religion.
Alexander plays the part of the omniscient narrator; the story jumps from the perspective of different characters, both good and bad and one of my favourite characters has to be the corrupt magistrate. He is just pure evil and I found the tension that his character brought to the story utterly enthralling; knowing his intentions for the more innocent characters left me on the edge of my seat.
Known for his poetic prose and debut novel, The Romantic, Alexander’s poetic way of writing is inspiring and at times, beautifully executed. This is certainly a novel that captures the imagination and is written in such a way that I felt like I was watching a film. Alexander’s inspiration came from an article he read about a 1,500-year-old bible that was found in Turkey after government officials had confiscated from a black market smuggling ring- this is certainly great fodder for stories.
I am pleased to say that I will be writing up a follow-up interview with Felix after this review. This novel is currently a kindle exclusive so keep an eye out as The Secret Heaven is sure to build an avid following!
My Rating: 6.5/10