The Musician's Daughter

The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap
Susanne Dunlap
Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng
Maria Theresa lives in a place of murder and love otherwise known as 18th-century Vienna. Her father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, and the event does not help her pregnant mother, little brother, or herself in any way. Theresa finds a clue to her father's death when she notices the gold pendant on his neck. Her friend Zolt´┐ín and godfather Haydn help her overcome her struggle and sadness, and also teach her about the secret life of her father. Meanwhile, Theresa is learning more and more about her shifty uncle and some interesting gypsies. Who exactly murdered her musical father, and what role do they play in society?

An interesting mix of mystery, music, and romance is found in The Musician's Daughter. The mixture of these genres ensures that all kinds of readers will remain interested in the book. I didn't particularly care for the musical aspect of the story. However, the characters and plot were interesting. A strength of the book is the multitude of characters. However, after a while, I would forget which characters were related and who was who. While it was a good book, I didn't find myself always wanting to read it. I recommend this book to readers interested in music and mystery.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America


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