Twelve Secrets

by Robert Gold

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LoveReading Expert Review of Twelve Secrets

An absolute belter, read-in-one-sitting, can't put it down, most thrilling of thrillers with jaw-dropping moments galore. A dozen to be exact. And each time my chin hit the floor.

If you're looking for your next book fix, stop right now and read Twelve Secrets. Twenty years ago Ben Harper's world was turned upside down when his older brother Nick and best friend are murdered by two school friends. Ten years later he lost his mother and the story rocked the little town and the whole country.

Now an award-winning investigative journalist his boss asks him to relive his traumas on the tenth anniversary of his mother's death. Ben has a decision to make. Does he want to go there? What will he find? Will be be able to write this story?

Set in fictional town of Haddley, based on Gold's hometown of Putney, Twelve Secrets is a cracking psychological thriller. When another murder brings it all back to haunt the idyllic town we see how secrets are a dangerous thing and the book grabs you in a vice like grip as you uncover them all.

This is an assured debut, the start of a series and we can't wait to read more of Ben Harper. Bring it on, Gold! 



Deborah Maclaren

Twelve Secrets Synopsis



Ben Harper’s life changed for ever the day his older brother Nick was murdered by two classmates. It was a crime that shocked the nation and catapulted Ben’s family and their idyllic hometown, Haddley, into the spotlight.

Twenty years on, Ben is one of the best investigative journalists in the country and settled back in Haddley, thanks to the support of its close-knit community. But then a fresh murder case shines new light on his brother’s death and throws suspicion on those closest to him.

Ben is about to discover that in Haddley no one is as they seem. Everyone has something to hide.

And someone will do anything to keep the truth buried . . .

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780751582765
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Author: Robert Gold
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Robert Gold Press Reviews

Fast-paced and brimming with superb characters. I couldn't put it down for a single second. Twelve stars! -- LISA JEWELL

Twelve Secrets is a smart, satisfying, one-of-a-kind thriller that entertained me from start to finish. It examines the confluence of family loyalties and dark secrets while keeping the plot boiling. -- JAMES PATTERSON

Utterly absorbing -- SHARI LAPENA

Ominous at the beginning, breathless by the end ... this is excellent hardcore suspense -- LEE CHILD

A pacey thriller full of twists and turns. You won't be able to put TWELVE SECRETS down until the very end. -- KARIN SLAUGHTER

Twelve Secrets is rather special. So clever, so engrossing, a genuine 'just one more page' kind of book -- M. W. CRAVEN

What a tangled web! Brilliantly weaved and then carefully unravelled for the big revelations at the end. A totally gripping read. -- SUSAN LEWIS

Absolutely addictive. An unforgettable and nuanced cast of characters, a claustrophobic setting, and a suspenseful and chilling examination of the dark and destructive power of secrets. You will sleep with your eyes open after reading this one. -- GILLY MACMILLAN

A tightly-woven thriller that races to a conclusion I didn't see coming -- NELL PATTISON

Original, unputdownable and a really great read -- KATIE FFORDE

I adored TWELVE SECRETS - It was so much twisty-turny fun and I loved the characters and how their secrets unravelled. It's a fast-paced, utterly gripping thriller - a definite twelve out of ten! -- VANESSA SAVAGE

A fantastic, plot-twisting debut. Original and addictive. -- CAMERON WARD

Twelve Secrets contains cliff-hangers and revelations galore. ]It] is all plot, plot, plot - and, boy, what a lot it's got. - THE TIMES

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ISBN: 9780751582772
Publication date: 08/12/2022
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780751582765
Publication date: 03/03/2022
Format: Hardback

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About Robert Gold

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 Twelve Secrets. In 2016, he co-authored three titles in James Patterson's Bookshots series.

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