I’m not quite sure how I first learned about The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap, but I do know that when I found the book on clearance at Half Price Books I squealed with delight. See I’ve always wanted to learn to play the violin so I have a soft spot for novels about violinists. I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this book.
Dunlap weaves a tantalizing tale of intrigue right from the start with the mysterious murder of Theresa’s father who is a violinist in the Prince’s orchestra. From that point forward, Theresa is determined to find out who murdered her father and took his beloved violin. With the help of some unlikely allies, Theresa follows a dangerous trail that uncovers astonishing injustices.
My favorite parts of The Musician’s Daughter were the strength and dedication Theresa, the main character, and her devotion to music and her drive to discover the truth behind her father’s murder. I also admired Theresa’s love and respect for her father.
My papa had taken me to a public execution once, a little over a year before. “Look,” he had told me. “Do not be tempted to glance away. …” I was already crying before a sing blow was struck. My father took me away, relinquishing our good view to two young boys who were happy to have it. “Remember this well, Theresa,” he had said. “There is injustice in this world. Never turn your back on it.”
I also enjoyed the beautiful names of the characters that Dunlap created. The names seemed fitting and exotic. These were names I have not encountered in literature before. I only hope my inner voice did the pronunciation of names like Mirela, Danior, and Alida justice.
My only wish, as I read the story, was that Theresa be given more time with the music. Music plays a big part in her family’s life and she obviously has a passion, ear and talent for it. But the events of the story take place over about a 14 day period, and there were not many opportunities for this to occur.
Overall, I enjoyed The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap. She created a musical world full of intrigue and danger and characters who drive the story forward in an effort to bring justice to those who have been wronged. The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap receives a thumbs up.