The title really struck me when I saw this title on our shelf at the local library. There was something to the concept of hidden keys. And I am glad to say that the story didn’t disappoint at all as I started reading it.
But as I delved into the book further, I found the story to be enthralling and completely all encompassing.
The story turns out to be a page-turning treasure hunt that is mirrored by the equally compelling treasures in its sub-text. What does it mean to be good or evil, wealthy or not? Alexis doesn’t blur the lines so much as bring a deep sense of compassion to the issues. I just loved how he handled these very important topics for our time, given that we live in a culture that is consumed by consumerism.
Alexis also distills philosophically cognizant questioning into an entertaining story that includes a lot of complexity and subtlety.
This is a mystery that is structured very differently from a typical mystery where clues are given to the reader a couple at a time. In this story, Alexis gives us all the clues at once and then he keeps asking probing questions about them. It is definitely something that the reader can sink his/her teeth into.
I just loved this story and will look for some of his other books.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth