The Violin Conspiracy
By: Brendan Slocumb
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publish Date 1 February 2022
I would like to first thank both NetGalley and Anchor for allowing me to read and review this book.
Good Reads Synopsis:
A riveting tale about a Black classical musician whose family heirloom violin is stolen on the eve of the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.
Ray McMillian loves playing the violin more than anything, and nothing will stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who thinks he should get a real job, not the fact that he can’t afford a high-caliber violin, not the racism inherent in the classical music world. And when he makes the startling discovery that his great-grandfather’s fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, his star begins to rise. Then with the international Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—fast approaching, his prized family heirloom is stolen. Ray is determined to get it back. But now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-grandfather are each claiming that the violin belongs to them. With the odds stacked against him and the pressure mounting, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again?
I really enjoyed reading this book. I gave it 4 stars. I was able to figure out who done it at the very beginning. The book did make me think that I was wrong several times, so I really liked that it made me rethink my opinion. The other thing was how our main character was treated. I get that these things still happen, and I feel sad. I also can’t believe that his own family would do this to him. I know it is a story and the author did a great for me to have these feelings.
I am so glad that the book will inspire young people to keep their dreams and continue on even though times will get tough. The main character learned a lot about people and himself in this book. I don’t know much about classical music but really enjoy listening to violin players who are having a great time with their instrument in whatever music they prefer to play.