Book Review: House of Secrets

One of the nice things that adding a commute back into my life has provided is the ability to read about thirty minutes a day, fifteen minutes each way. This has brought me back to reading, and I am thankful for it. It even has me reading at night before going to bed again which had slowed to a crawl as I was doing more and more work on my side project.

The reason I picked up House of Secrets is that I had read Brad Thor's book series the Culper Ring, and this seemed like it had an interesting premise: the search for Benedict Arnold's Bibles.

The book started with Jack Nash telling his daughter, Hazel, a riddle about a dead man with a bible in his chest. Then after the prologue quickly jumping into modern day where we are introduced once again to Jack and Hazel in modern day with a quick introduction to her brother Skip, too. As their father is talking to them, a car accident occurs and he passes, and Hazel is injured and loses her memories. Hazel becomes the main protagonist in the story as she is trying to remember the mysteries that she followed as an anthropologist and what she was like as a person. Each interaction brought her more rememberance of something new. I liked this mechanism from Thor to keep the reader as in the dark as his protagonist.

I always find writing these reviews a bit tough as I don't like giving away any of the plots. In this instance, to me what made this book was it's pacing -- quick chapters which could be consumed on a train ride, and an interesting hook with Benedict Arnold's Bibles, and consistent flash backs into Jack Nash's TV show about conspiracy theories.

Final Summary: If you're a fan of quick paced mysteries using historical conspiracies, this will be a fun book for you to read. If you read the Culper Ring Series, you will also get a nice cameo at one point in the novel.