Book Club: The Shakespeare Secret

The Shakespeare Secret
by J.L. Carrell

This novel lacked any real substance. It’s based on a cool concept of trying to find Shakespeare’s real identity but the whole novel could have been summarized in a paragraph. The author, although knowledgable, is more of an academic then a writer. Her writing doesn’t flow and her sentences are convoluted with grandeur thesaurus words that just aren’t needed. In other words, she was trying too hard. She spent more time hitting shift F7 on her word processor than actually coming up with rhythmic poetic sentences. Furthermore, half the time the reader doesn’t know what’s going on because she doesn’t set the scene. It was like reading in the dark.

Spoiler Alert:

The coolest part of the novel was finding out that Shakespeare might have left his signature in Psalms 46 when he was editing the King James version of The Bible.

Psalms 46

1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst [1] of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though
themountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:
God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:
he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is
our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what
desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;
he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted
among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Overall score: 5

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