The Poet’s Secret

The Poet's Secret

Title: The Poet’s Secret

Author:  Kenneth Zak
Publisher:  Penju Publishing
Genre: Romance
Release Date:  October 5, 2015
Pages: 349
Format: Paperback

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Indiebound


Elia Aloundra, a young lit student, sees the reclusive poet Cameron Beck recite a poem at a campus pub before he vanishes—for a second time. Ten years earlier, Beck had dropped from the public eye leaving only an acclaimed collection of odes to an anonymous muse and a decade of speculation over his disappearance. Elia sets off in search of Beck, longing to know the man whose words have moved her so, hoping perhaps the ghost poet will unveil the secret to eternal love. What she doesn’t know is that as her quest begins, Beck is perched atop a cliff on a remote Caribbean island and about to attempt suicide. As Elia faces off with Beck’s protective circle on the exotic island hideaway, the same island where decades earlier a Spanish shipwreck entombing mystical Aztec relics was found, she finds herself swept up in the mystery of the muse. What Elia cannot fathom is that Beck’s secret will change both their lives forever.

My Thoughts:

The Poet’s Secret was a really good book!  This is not your typical romance; it has mystery and adventure mixed in.  It is written in 3rd person and focuses on the perspective of three main characters – Elia, Cameron, and Aluna.  As the story progresses we learn how the lives of these three people are intertwined. Kenneth Zak, the author, jumps back and forth between the tales of these three people and uses flashbacks to reveal important information about each character.  He only gives you bits and pieces of the story and you have to put things together to get the full picture.  He just doesn’t come out and tell you everything at once.  That is part of the intrigue and mystery of the story. 

The Poet’s Secret is mainly set on an island in the Caribbean Sea, in the West Indies. I love how this exotic location makes the story magical.  Two other main locations, Ohio State University and Brazil, enrich the story.   I really enjoyed the plot.  I was able to connect with Elia, the principle main character.  Her journey was not only to find the lost poet and his secret, but also a journey of self discovery and growth. 

The Poet’s Secret is written at higher level than most romances.  The authors words paint pictures in your head with lots of details.  You can tell that Kenneth Zak is an educated man.  He also includes poetry.  Each poem connects to what is happening in the story at the time.  It ties all three characters together and helps shape the story.

There were two things I did not like.  First, the love scenes were pretty explicit.  Second, was the use of the F word.  It was only used in at times of great anger or agitation. However,  I believe that better words could have been found to express the same feelings. 

All in all, The Poet’s Secret was a great read.  I liked that I was able to immerse myself in the story and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. It was a real page turner.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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