The House of Secrets
by Brad Meltzer, Tod Goldberg
Hardcover- $19.58

A priceless book, hidden in a corpse.A family secret, handed down through generations.And a woman with no memory of her past.#1 bestselling ...

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  "House of Secrets" by nbaker (see profile) 04/14/16

The House of Secrets is just that. It is hard to describe this book without giving the true plot away, but I'll try. A father tells his children an old story passed down from his father about a farmer 150 years ago who finds a body that has frozen in the cold. He brings the body home, wraps it in a blanket and seeks the country doctor. When the doctor arrives and examines the body for identifying marks, his autopsy discovers a small object the size of a deck of cards encased in wax inside the man's chest. When the wax is removed, it is found to be a small bible with an inscription, "property of Benedict Arnold." The only thing is that there was no scar on his chest or his body, so how did it get there?

Fast forward 200 years from the original farmer story and you have the family of Jack Nash, the host of a TV Show "The House of Secrets". Jack and his son Skip travel the world trying to solve mysteries and uncovering secrets. A car crash kills Jack and has caused severe brain injuries to his grown daughter, Hazel, leaving her without memories from the past.

In Canada a man in a revolutionary war style jacket has been found dead and inside his chest is a small Bible.

In Dubai a man is found dead wearing a red revolutionary war jacket and, you guessed it, there is a small Bible in his chest.

Without giving the story away, suffice it to say that they are all connected. Nothing is the truth and no one can be trusted. Benedict Arnold and his "Bibles" become the key to unraveling the mystery. However, the House of Secrets hold many secrets and once a window has been opened to expose one secret, more continue to follow. This was a captivating read that kept me trying to guess the ending. But the true secret lies within.

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