Friday, August 12, 2016

The House of Secrets

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Title: The House of Secrets

Author: Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg

Narrators: Scott Brick and January LaVoy

Format: 9 discs, 10 hours

Publishers: Hachette Audio, 2016

Genre: mystery, action

Obtained: library

Summary:  Hazel Nash wakes up in a hospital and is told that she was in a car accident with her father and brother.  Her memories are scrambled, due to head trauma.  She is told that her father, the host of a conspiracy television show died in the crash, but that her brother, who also is a part of the show, survived.   An FBI agent begins asking Hazel lots of questions about her father, her brother, herself, and a man that was found dead with a bible in his chest.
     Hazel begins to ask herself questions.  Who is she, really?  Did someone kill her father?  Does she have any friends?  Did she or someone she knows kill the man with the bible in his chest?  Hazel doesn't know who she can trust, so begins her own investigation into these deaths to find out what is really going on.

Thoughts:  This book had a crazy, unbelievable plot, but somehow the authors made it work.  I think they did this with the writing style, the way they kept the reader guessing, all the twists and turns so that you didn't know where the story would go, and the action.  It was a busy, entertaining story that kept moving.  The protagonist having amnesia added to the mystery because the reader didn't know who he or she should trust.  There were traitors, conspiracies, mysteries, and secrets throughout the book.  Also, the characters had distinct, developed personalities.
     The narrators added to the story.  They were actors that made the characters come to life.  They both read at an agreeable pace and spoke clearly.  The story was easy to follow and I was engaged throughout the whole book.
     This book would make a great action packed movie.  If you're into realistic fiction you will hate this book, but if you enjoy books where there is a lot going on and you don't mind if a story is a bit unreasonable, this book is for you.  



Obtained: purchased

     Lemon Zest is a caffeine free tea blend which is made up of rooibos, honeybush, lemon bits, flavoring, and cornflower blossoms.  It was in a small sample tin that was of good quality.  I opened the tin after some difficulty.  The lid was stuck, but after finally getting it off the first time, it can be put back on and removed easily.  The tea leaves were small and brown with yellow and violet flower blossoms mixed in.  The yellowish brown lemon bits were also visible.  The scent of the leaves was very sweet with the honeybush and lemon scents prominent.  
     I poured 8 ounces of water over 1 teaspoon of leaves and let this steep for 4 minutes (4-5 minutes was recommended).  The liquid was a dark orange brown and had a very sweet scent with a lemon background.  The taste of the tea was first of lemon and rooibos, and then the sweet honeybush.
     This tea was reminiscent of lemon meringue pie.  It had the lemon flavor, but was extremely sweet and somewhat creamy tasting.  I personally did not care for this tea, but if you like sweet tea or lemon meringue pie, you will love this tea!

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