The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Jack Nash is the world’s leading expert in conspiracies. He’s looked at whether there are secret satanic symbols carved underneath the Lincoln Memorial. He’s looked at whether George Washington was really buried underneath the US Capitol. And ever since his daughter Hazel was a little girl, Jack has shared these stories with her. Today, 30-year-old Hazel needs those stories. Why? Because she just woke up in a hospital with a brain injury that keeps her from remembering her emotional attachment to others, including herself. So when she’s told that her father’s dead, Hazel doesn’t know if she’s the next victim, or the actual killer. Indeed, the great mystery she must solve is the mystery about herself…and what her dad was really looking for in all those great conspiracies.
Jack Nash has been the host of the long running television series The House of Secrets. But there is more to his on site programs than just the paranormal or political stories. We start the story with Jack in the car traveling with his daughter Hazel and son Skip. Jack suffers from a heart attack and crashes the car dying instantly. Hazel spends time in the hospital. She suffers from loss of any memories relating to emotion. If it’s cold hard fact she can recite them but she doesn’t know how what her favorite color is let alone how she feels about her brother.
Hazel grew up with a strange story of a man found frozen with a bible from Benedict Arnold in his chest. When a man is found frozen with a bible in his check in New Brunswick, Canada and one in Dubai. And since Jack Nash was one of the last people to have meet the guy found in New Brunswick the FBI is looking into Hazel and Skip. Hazel gets out of the hospital and tries to figure out what she did before the accident. But everything seems to keep coming back to the Benedict Arnold bible and The House of Secrets. What is the connection? And who is hunting Hazel and Skip down.
I loved the mystery. Hazel is having a hard time trying to figure out who she was and finds that she didn’t really like her. I liked how you discovered the different things and people as Hazel did. It made it easier to follow the story. Going to the different stories with The House of Secrets really added to the mystery.
The only thing about the story was how slow it seemed to progress. It didn’t really get going until Hazel started looking into the one death. I really liked the ending, I was really surprised. I’m sad to admit this but this is the first book of Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg that I have read. But I will definitely be looking into reading their other books.
I received The House of Secrets for free from Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.