Twelve Secrets – Robert Gold (Ben Harper #1)

Ben Harper, true crime journalist, is about to unravel his most shocking story yet . . . his own.

The day his older brother was murdered was the day Ben Harper’s life changed forever.

In one of the most shocking crimes in national history, Nick and his friend were stabbed to death by two girls their own age. Police called the killings random, a senseless tragedy.

Twenty years on Ben is one of the best true crime journalists in the country. He has left the past behind, thanks to the support of his close-knit hometown community.

But when he learns about a fresh murder case with links to his brother’s death, Ben’s life is turned upside down once more. He soon find himself caught in a web of lies, one that implicates everyone around him. And on his quest for answers, Ben discovers one very important truth:

Everyone has secrets.
But some secrets are deadlier than others

Book Information: Print length: 374 pages. Publisher: Sphere. Publication Date: 3 March 2022

Originally from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Robert Gold began his career as an intern at the American broadcaster CNN, based in Washington DC. He returned to Yorkshire to work for the retailer ASDA, becoming the chain’s nationwide book buyer. He now works in sales for a UK publishing company. Robert now lives in Putney and his new hometown served as the inspiration for the fictional town of Haddley in his thrillers, Twelve Secrets, an Irish Times bestseller, and Eleven Liars, publishing in 2023.

My Review:

This book has been sitting patiently on my kindle since it was published last year and I kept seeing so many recommendations that I knew I had to move it up my toppling TBR pile and see what all the fuss was about.

Twelve Secrets is the first in a series featuring Ben Harper. Ben is a true crime journalist with a tragic past, one he is not keen to revisit, but unfortunately the murder of a woman he is connected to brings the past back into the present with devasting consequences.

Twenty years ago Ben’s much loved and idolised older brother was murdered by a pair of schoolgirls when he was only 14 years old. This tragedy has plagued him and his mother ever since and on the anniversary of his mothers death, his boss wants him to write an article about his family.

The story is set in a fictional small town called Haddley in the UK and nearly all the residents have a past full of secrets they’d rather stay hidden. With a very large cast of characters it was a little tricky to keep up with all the drama and try to work out who is connected to who and what secrets they were keeping. However the author skilfully brings each character to life and ties everything together in a clever and sometimes shocking way.

If you are looking for a twisty tale full of secrets and lies with a fascinating cast of characters, then grab yourself a copy of Twelve Secrets.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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