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The House of Secrets

The House of Secrets

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by Brad Meltzer, Tod Goldberg

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A secret worth killing for.
A woman with no past.
An act of treason that changed America.

#1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns with

When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite


A secret worth killing for.
A woman with no past.
An act of treason that changed America.

#1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns with

When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets.

Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse.

Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She's told she's been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother. But she can't remember any of it, because of her own traumatic brain injury. Then a man from the FBI shows up, asking questions about her dad-and about his connection to the corpse of a man found with an object stuffed into his chest: a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold.

Back at her house, Hazel finds guns that she doesn't remember owning. On her forehead, she sees scars from fights she can't recall. Most important, the more Hazel digs, the less she likes the person she seems to have been.
Trying to put together the puzzle pieces of her past and present, Hazel Nash needs to figure out who killed this man-and how the book wound up in his chest. The answer will tell her the truth about her father, what he was really doing for the government-and who Hazel really is. Mysteries need to be solved. Especially the ones about yourself.

Editorial Reviews

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"Highly satisfying...a conspiracy-laden spy novel that's at its best when it's gleefully cutting the legs out from the genre's tropes."—Publishers Weekly

"Highly entertaining...Meltzer and Goldberg move "The House of Secrets" at a breakneck pace...what never wavers is Meltzer's meticulous historical research, drawing on little known facts to make the past come alive....An intriguing twist pulls together the tight story of THE HOUSE OF SECRETS."—South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Nobody does historical speculation better than Meltzer, to the point where the lines between fiction and fact become utterly blurred. And that helps make THE HOUSE OF SECRETS great fun, pure reading entertainment of the highest order."—Providence Sunday Journal

"A fast-paced and twisty thriller not to be missed."—Library Journal

"Meltzer's many fans should have a good time here, as will all conspiracy-minded readers, even those not familiar with the author's brand."—Booklist

"THE HOUSE OF SECRETS packs a brilliant mystery into a hair-raising conspiracy that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Fast pacing, nonstop suspense, and a climactic final act make this one of the summer's best novels...Sure to leave you questioning everything-including the history books!"
The Real Book Spy

"A game-changing female protagonist."
The Big Thrill


"Clearly a history buff of the highest order, Meltzer knows his stuff, and he's included research from chats with none other than President George H.W. Bush....Beecher's got the mental acumen of Robert Langdon and the gumption of Indiana Jones, but unlike those globe-trotting types, Meltzer's protagonist is thrown into adventures made in the USA and acts as an awesome gateway into the deadlier aspects of American history."—USA Today on The Fifth Assassin

"History and suspense collide in shocking ways - and the intensity never lets up. Beecher carries the weight of the story. He's a great character who will resonate with readers since he's like the fun next-door neighbor or your best friend in college....One of his best books to date...The ending of The Fifth Assassin appears to announce that Beecher White will return, and that cannot come fast enough."—Washington Post on The Fifth Assassin

"A fascinating story that blends historical facts, secret codes, with an engrossing mystery...Meltzer is a master at writing his mysteries as puzzles where the pieces are hints dropped throughout the book..."—Military Press on The Fifth Assassin

"Because not since the Fletcher Knebel seminal Seven Days in May or James Grady's scathing Days of the Condor, has there been a political thriller as relentlessly paced or blisteringly effective as The Fifth Assassin. An early contender for the best thriller of 2013."—The Providence Journal on The Fifth Assassin

"Full of surprises, action, twists and turns, it is a wild and entertaining (and yes, educational) romp, wonderful in every way...Read The Fifth Assassin and prepare to be entranced and enthralled."—BookReporter on The Fifth Assassin

"When you sit down to start reading, make sure the chair has a comfortable cushion because you'll find yourself unable to put the book down and get anything done. It's that good a read...As always Meltzer's character development and believable plot is spot on. Clearly Mr. Meltzer has done his homework. I think his attention to detail; using true facts combined with fiction to tell his story is what makes him a standalone author in the thriller genre and his fans coming back for more. "—Suspense Magazine on The Fifth Assassin

"Ratchets up the drama and human interest, and Meltzer's fans will enjoy the usual sprinkling of history factoids, fast-paced writing and the double-whiplash bombshell conclusion."—Kirkus Reviews on The Fifth Assassin

"All of Brad's books are a fascinating read. He is a great storyteller who keeps all of us on the edge of our seats."—President George H.W. Bush

"[Meltzer] is an architect. His structures are towering , intricate, elegant, and surprising -- but always grounded in humanity and logic."—Joss Whedon

"Meltzer has mastered the art of baiting and hooking readers into a fast-moving plot."—USA Today

"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci. "—People

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Meltzer (The Fifth Assassin) and Goldberg (Gangsterland) launch a series with a conspiracy-laden spy novel that’s at its best when it’s gleefully cutting the legs out from the genre’s tropes. After a car accident in Los Angeles, Hazel-Ann Nash wakes up to find that much of her memory—particularly around anything she had an emotional connection to—is lost, her father is dead, and an FBI agent is asking questions. Her father, Jack, was the host of a cult TV show investigating the unexplained, and he was personally obsessed with Benedict Arnold’s Bible. Meanwhile, a mysterious man known only as the Bear travels to Dubai to kill a man named Kennedy, and the body of another man named Nixon is found in Canada. The authors toss plenty of conspiracy novel zaniness into the mix, but they also temper things nicely, even as the tensions escalate. The result is slight, but it’s also highly satisfying. Agents: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME (Meltzer); Jennie Dunham at Dunham Literary (Goldberg). (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Meltzer (The President's Shadow, 2015, etc.) and Goldberg (Gangsterland, 2014, etc.) team up to uncover a vast international conspiracy tracing its roots back to everyone's favorite turncoat, Benedict Arnold.When she regains consciousness in a Los Angeles hospital eight days after her father died behind the wheel of a car she and her brother were riding in, there are a lot of things Hazel-Ann Nash doesn't remember. But she does remember that 30 years ago, when she was only 6, Jack Nash, host of the TV conspiracy-investigation series The House of Secrets, posed her a riddle: how did a Bible originally belonging to Benedict Arnold make its way into the chest cavity of a dead man nearly 200 years ago? Since Skip Nash, whom his father had featured on the show for years, is clearly planning to deal with Jack's death in his own way, Hazel responds to FBI agent Trevor Rabkin's news that her father was poisoned with the villainous toxin Polosis 5 a few days after meeting with Spokane maintenance engineer Darren Nixon, another victim of Polosis 5, by deciding to investigate on her own. Rabkin has his own ideas about that decision as well as the resources to back them up. Half a world away, an assassin called The Bear is making his own plans, which involve killing New Haven realtor Arthur Kennedy, dressing him in a Continental Army uniform, leaving him in a ditch in Dubai, and luring Skip to Kennedy's hotel. Things get more complicated, then more rational, but never remotely believable."When you've faced the impossible, it's usually because someone's lying," the traumatized heroine is assured. True enough. The apparently formidable premise behind this tale dissolves in a shower of lies, and the ambitious plot sags as the principals crisscross the globe pumping up their frequent flier miles.

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Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even graphic books (Justice League of America). He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2. He currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at BradMeltzer.com. You can also see what he's doing right now at Facebook.com/BradMeltzer and on Twitter @bradmeltzer.

Tod Goldberg is the author of several novels, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize; Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and the popular Burn Notice series. He lives in Southern California where he directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at UC Riverside. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @todgoldberg or visit him daily at Facebook.com/todgoldberg.

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New York, New York
B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University

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The House of Secrets 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book, but Hazel definitely stole the show. Really hoping she gets her own series. It was nice to see a glimpse of Beecher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started this book and it has not grabbed me at all. Boring, doesn't make much sense. I appreciated the reviews from other readers as they have convinced me to not waste anymore time on this book. I have enjoyed ALL of his other books and was looking forward to this new one.
MiketheMarine More than 1 year ago
A major disappointment. Definitely not one of Mr Meltzer's finest efforts. The only reason I kept reading was out of curiosity to see where he was going with the plot. He never got there.
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KrittersRamblings 4 months ago
Hazel and Skip Nash have always lived in the shadow of their famous father. A father who spent a majority of their lives on television trying to crack the mysteries and conspiracies of the United States. In the first chapter of the book, their father dies and they spend the rest of the book finding out how it happened and learning more about their father than they ever knew. This book was definitely one of those conspiracy theories were you have to read closely to make sure you don't miss anything. I love these books every so often because it really stretches my brain to catch all the details. I loved going down one road and it maybe dead ending or leading to another road or clue. If you enjoyed the Dan Brown adventures then this one will fill that void. This is my first Brad Meltzer book, where should I go next?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's okay, Harley. |Jagger hugs her.|
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MonteyRE More than 1 year ago
Tried really hard to get into this, read over 100 pages and couldn't understand what I had read....
susanneleist More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Brad Meltzer's books. This book is a little different from the others. It is more of a psychological thriller with a woman, Hazel Nash, as the main character. She is no Beecher White, one of my favorite characters, but she has her own unique personality. A personality she has to dig out from within herself ever since the accident when her brain was injured. Is it true that the size of our amygdala can determine our personalities or predict certain behaviors? Do creased ear lobes lead to over-sized hearts that could explode in our bodies? Scientific anomalies such as these are included in the story. They make me wonder and think. And that's what a book is supposed to do. The action in the first half of the book is a little slow. We learn the back story of Hazel and her brother. Her father's visits to volatile countries confuse Hazel. She sees that she traveled to similar countries. While Hazel is a professor, her brother, Skip, followed in his father's footsteps on TV. He loves the attention and announces everything he does on social media. But is he so silly? Soon we learn that everyone has ulterior motives. And whomever I suspected became a suspect at one time in the story until the facts brought Hazel her answers. She is able to remember people and events but not her feelings relating to them. She is on a journey to find herself and who killed her father. A conspiracy theory comes into play with Benedict Arnold and George Washington. It wouldn't be a Brad Meltzer book without it. The book is fun to read. I wasn't able to guess the culprit or culprits. It played out nicely. Did Brad Meltzer need a co-author? James Patterson might but not Brad Meltzer. But his work always comes out gold in the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book by Brad Meltzer but what a disappointment! I could never connect with characters, story line was slow and very dull. Such a boring read, kept on hoping it would get better, it didn't. What a waster of my time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book by Brad Meltzer but what a disappointment! I could never connect with characters, story line was slow and very dull. Such a boring read, kept on hoping it would get better, it didn't. What a waster of my time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Brad Meltzer. Hate this book. Hard to follow. Not sure what the story is. Nothing to do with Benedict Arnold. Actually painful to read. Brad should not team with other writers, he loses his touch.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending didn't seem to flow with book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boo hoo. [Harley huggles Jagger.] I didn't even see you moved to e next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would not recommend. Usually love his books, but this one was not compelling. Hard to follow. Not