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Book Review: "House of Secrets" by Brad Meltzer

There are certain things readers of Brad Meltzer's books come to expect from his work: An interesting plot, dynamic characters, cliffhangers, mystery, and a healthy dose of history peppered into the mix. This book does not disappoint on any front. You'll instantly be plunged into a tale that spans the globe, from small-town America to cosmopolitan Dubai. This time, the historical element centers around the Revolutionary War and Benedict Arnold, the most famous traitor in American history.

Imagine waking up in a hospital with no recollection of how you got there or even of who you are -- or were before the accident. That's exactly the predicament in which Hazel Nash finds herself in House of Secrets. With the help (or in spite of, in some cases) of a "wretched motley crew" of characters (read the book and you'll understand the reference) Hazel slowly begins to piece together the life she lead before the accident and how she fit in with her TV personality brother and dad. One of my favourite aspects of Brad Meltzer's novels is that he keeps you gasping right down until the last page. There is no filler here. I only have one warning about this book: You will lose sleep. You will be so compelled to keep turning the pages that your coffee cup will be your best friend the next day. I promise you. Note to Brad Meltzer: Perhaps you should sell coffee cups with your bespectacled face on them! If you're looking for globe-trotting, plot-driven mystery, this is it. I can't wait to see what Meltzer comes up with next.


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