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The Secret Chord - Geraldine Brooks

The Secret Chord

By Geraldine Brooks

  • Release Date: 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 175 Ratings


“A page turner. . .Brooks is a master at bringing the past alive. . .in her skillful hands the issues of the past echo our own deepest concerns:  love and loss, drama and tragedy, chaos and brutality.” – Alice Hoffman, The Washington Post

A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of People of the Book and March.

With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected.  We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.


  • The secret Chord

    By Shelaleigh
    This is one of the most in depth book about Biblical characters I have ever read. Thank you so much for doing so much research to write it!
  • USNA1967

    By JeffJ 1967
    Wonderfull story. A great read.
  • Superb story

    By al_in_morocco
    I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Well written, well played, worth every minute!
  • The secret cord

    By hamptonsdude
    Grow up reviewer! This is the 21st century! Give up your childhood fairytales...Santa, the Easter bunny, etc! Christs message was one of unconditional love and acceptance for all. He was a good MAN!
  • Couldn't finish it

    By Katie2015reviewer
    I'm a big Geraldine Brooks fan and was so excited when this book came out! However, I've stopped reading it in the middle of chapter six. I consider myself a practicing Christian and love the Bible and the prophets. I really had a hard time with the way David is portrayed and especially with his sexual encounter with Jonathan. So I stopped reading. So sad I can't finish the book but it became drudgery to read. I'll just wait patiently for the next Brooks to come out and hope for the better!
  • The Secret Chord

    By RMP53
    Don't know how to explain it. Such a familiar story made so real. This must have been the way it was. It was too real to not have been.