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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  7,392 ratings  ·  768 reviews
A priceless book, hidden in a corpse.

A family secret, handed down through generations.

And a woman with no memory of her past.

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 t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
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Tracey It is not said. But, Jack is NOT his father. He is the father of Hazel. I
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Alexandra
Shelves: netgalley, read-2016
When Hazel Nash is a young girl her father tells her a riddle. About a man found murdered, his body had been frozen and in his chest is a Bible. Not just any Bible -this Bible belonged to Benedict Arnold.
She gets three questions a day to try and solve it.

Fast forward to present day, Hazel, her older brother Skip and her dad are all in the car together. Her dad is telling the kids that he is thinking about ending his long running show House of Secrets. The show is one of those reality type shows
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinarily brilliant thriller that is a compulsive page turner. Where to start? As a young child, Hazel was told a odd story by her father, Jack Nash, where inside the body of a dead man, a small bible that was the property of Benedict Arnold is found. Jack has just died in a car crash, in which Hazel has been injured. She is suffering from amnesia, always an excellent condition for a good story, and there is a man from the FBI who has questions which she is in no position to ans ...more
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

There is a lot to like about this book, but for some reason I just couldn't get invested into it like others seem to have. To summarize the story, just read the synopsis provided-it does a good job of providing the highlights.

What I didn't like:
-The Benedict Arnold Bible plot was confusing to me (which is the main focal point of the story unfortunately)
-At times the author allowed the reader to get closer to the main character Hazel, only to be snatched back and left wondering...who is
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads

4.5 stars

The House of Secrets is a fast-paced thriller that kept me on my toes!

It's hard to describe the plot without giving too much away: While on vacation with his daughter, Hazel, and son, Skip, Jack Nash, host of a conspiracy investigation show called "The House of Secrets" is killed in a car crash. Post-accident, Hazel wakes up to discover her memories are scrambled. As Hazel works to remember who she was prior to the accident, she also begins investigating her father's death. All is rela
7/10/16 Kindle version is on sale today for $3.99. I read it and thought it was pretty good.

* Review copy provided by NetGalley *

A host of a popular TV show about conspiracies and famous mysteries is perhaps mixed up in a conspiracy himself.

When Hazel is six years old her father Jack Nash tells her a story. It’s a riddle really, or is it? About a frozen dead man and a bible originally belonging to Benedict Arnold.

Hazel wakes up in a hospital with injuries from a car accident. She has issues wit
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hazel's father, Jack, is an international star with a very popular mystery show. However, when Hazel lands up in a car accident, she loses parts of who she was and needs to make those connections again, as well as find out who or what killed her father. Doing so leads her to an underworld of secrets, lies and deception as everything she thought she knew about her family and her life may be wrong.

The book starts very well, until the accident and Hazel's subsequent loss of identity. It's not amnes
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thank goddd that's over. The only thing that motivated me to finish this book was my distaste for abandoning books after starting them. I think the problem is this isn't my type of story; I just couldn't make myself care. I could tell there were supposed to be lots of "AHA! So it was HIM all along!" moments, but every time that happened I would turn the page and see the book wasn't over yet and go "oh... there's more. Sigh, ok..." Two stars because it was a cool concept, but if someone had just ...more
Don Gorman
Jun 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
(1 1/2). I think I have read most of Brad Meltzer's books. I usually find them to be A-interesting, B-informative, C-exciting, D-fun. I found this one to be E-none of the above. It was mostly kind of stupid, a tired, slightly complicated plot that really didn't keep you interested with so-so characters. As you can tell, I really did not care for this book. I think Meltzer and Goldberg (the co-author) were trying to write something that would compare to Coben or Crais or one of those writers. The ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The House of Secrets by Brad Metzler and Tod Goldman is a 2016 Grand Central Publication.

“Honor the people who love you.”

Jack Nash is a wildly popular television star, hosting a show centered around conspiracy theories.
He even got his son, Skip, in on the act. But, his daughter, Hazel, never much cared for that life, and is now a professor.

Just as Jack decides he is ready to retire, he and his two adult children are involved in a terrible car accident. Jack dies, while Hazel suffers a peculia
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Brad Meltzer, Tod Goldberg, and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

Returning to the world of writing for adults, Meltzer brings Goldberg along on the journey in another thriller with historical implications. Jack Nash is the star of The House of Secrets, a long-running television program that has him searching for the deepest mysteries from around the world. Nash r
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
There are several things that I like about this book. First, the story is great and thrilling to read. Second, the main characters Hazel is a strong competent woman with an interesting past and third, this seems like it will be the first book in a new series and that makes me really happy. Of, course, there are several more things I like about this book, but I really wanted to point out just those three things since a good thriller, with a strong main character and the promise of sequels is perh ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Thrillers this good don't come along every day, so don't miss this fresh take on post-traumatic memory loss.

Jack Nash, world famous investigator of the strange and mysterious, is dead. When Hazel Nash wakes up eight days later in the UCLA Medical Center, the last thing she remembers is cruising through the Utah desert with her brother in the back seat and her dad behind the wheel of his '77 sky blue Cadillac Eldorado. Then nothing.

But her brother Skip, and FBI Agent Trevor Rabkin, want to know
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not what I expected at all and quite frankly I found it to be disappointing. It did not flow well and seemed to leave me wondering "what the hell did I just read?" I would not recommend, but unfortunately I fell for the hype and own the book (courtesy of Walmart who put it out for sale a week early).
Rick Andrews
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Goodreads for this giveaway.....

The reviews for this "thriller" were almost all very favorable, so I was really looking forward to a great read., Maybe it's just me, but I hated it. I thought Meltzer was a better writer, but this book is really bad. Maybe the co-writer actually wrote it. Who knows anymore. Anyway, I'm sorry I wasted my time on it, I suggest that you stay far away from this loser.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Grand Central and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

TV host and bestselling author, Brad Meltzer (The Fifth Assassin) and Tod Goldberg (Gangsterland) launch a new exciting conspiracy/spy series THE HOUSE OF SECRETS—a modern day thriller mixed with history, for a nonstop fast-paced mystery suspense. Highly entertaining!

"The House of Secrets," the story of a fictional TV host secretly working for the U.S. government, and a daughter's search to find the
The Real Book Spy
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Question: What do you call a conspiracy wrapped in another conspiracy about the host of a long-running television show that investigates conspiracies?

The Answer: Brad Meltzer’s new novel, The House of Secrets!

Brad Meltzer’s latest novel takes a break from the author’s bestselling Beecher White series and introduces readers to a new character named Hazel Nash.

Hazel is a brilliant young woman who chose to become a professor rather than following
I wanted to love this book as much as I loved all the books in Meltzer's Culper Ring series and yet, I just couldn't. The House of Secrets didn't work for me on a bunch of different levels. For one thing, Hazel's injury added to the plot's complexity but I found it pretty difficult to understand or believe. While he's clear that she's not suffering from amnesia, it sure functions that way in the book a lot of the time. Second, I felt like the characters weren't nearly as developed as they were i ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book free through Goodread's Giveaways.

I'm always up for a good murder mystery/psychological thriller and this one did not disappoint. I was hooked from the first chapter. The idea of being in an accident that causes amnesia due to a brain injury that causes you to lose emotion is such a scary idea. That combined with your father's death and a string of strange murders and having no idea who you were in the past would be more than enough to push someone over the ed
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I expected a little more "suspense" from Brad Metzler....but I have to say that I enjoyed the plot and characters. The biggest drawback for me was that I felt left with way too many unanswered questions. I also liked the history about Benedict Arnold and the "tongue in cheek" description of Jack's TV show. I've seen some recently much like "The House of Secrets"...which was Jack & Skip Nash's TV show where they try to prove or debunk historical myths/legends. Overall it was a good read. The stor ...more
Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy!

This book, okay? This book has the absolute greatest first chapter that I have ever read. I made an audible gasp and forced everyone around me to read it as well. It is amazing, and I'm currently torn between gushing about it and a general feeling that maybe I shouldn't spoil anything.

The rest of the book is a fantastic, gripping read as well. It gets into amnesia (always a fun thing to explore), TV shows about historical artifacts and conspi
Sharon Huether
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this Free book from Goodreads First-Reads. Thank you Goodreads.
When Hazel Nash was a little girl her father, who had his own TV show ( The House of Secrets) told her about finding a small leather book in Benedict Arnolds chest.
Now the search was on. Across one continent, then back to the United States. This went on many times for his TV show.
The story took on a new meaning, maybe this was just a code for something else.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beguiling story with a first-rate premise that yields a slippery story that won't be pinned down until the last page. It's got hidden history, amnesia angst, super-spies and sleeper agents, and a villain who will stop at nothing. I've never read Meltzer before but am a big fan of Goldberg's literary fiction so I'll go on a limb and say it's a great pairing that has produced a firecracker story that's immensely readable.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Jim's Review: I enjoyed that this book took me down various paths. Every time I thought I had it figured out I was steered in another direction. The blending of historical events, current media and government intrigue made for an interesting read that was not settled until the very last chapter. 4 stars
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced mystrry

Entertaining page turner. Plot twists kept me reading and the characters were well developed. Meltzer is an excellent storyteller. I enjoyed it
Susanne Leist
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 lob ...more
Thomas Bruso
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brad Meltzer’s latest thriller, “The House of Secrets,” explores a long-ago mystery involving a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold.

Hazel enters into an all too real nightmare when, at the age of 6, she hears a tall tale from her father, Jack Nash, the host of America’s favorite conspiracy TV show, "The House of Secrets," about the mystery of a bible hidden in a corpse.

Years later, Hazel wakes up in a hospital bed at UCLA Medical Center bruised and incoherent, with a brain injury from a ca
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The mystery was so subtly revealed, that even after I knew it, I thought that couldn't really be it. A good story, good suspense and buildup in the mystery, but the reveal was a little anti-climactic.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I tried to like this book and I've tried to like this author, but there's not much connection. 2 of 10 stars
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Decent read. Not as enjoyable as the other books I have read by this author. I didn't really care for the main character... and I didn't feel it wrapped up enough for me at the end. Audio was good though.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This seemed a little more convoluted than it needed to be. Still recommended.
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
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