Twelve Secrets by Robert Gold #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping crime novel by Robert Gold, Twelve Secrets.



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 . . .


Twelve Secrets is definitely the type of book I like to read. It’s dark, pacy and so absorbing. Robert Gold has weaved together a complex mystery that he expertly unravels as the book progresses. There is an intriguing hook to this story. We meet investigative journalist, Ben Harper, whose family has a very dark past, and it is one he’d rather keep buried. But following the death of a woman previously known to Ben and his family, he is drawn back to that dark time in his life.

It is revealed that Ben’s brother, and his brother’s friend, were murdered by two of their school friends. This really hooked me into the story; I had to know what really went on in that time, especially for two children to want to commit murder. It really made me want to find out more about them, and Robert Gold kept me invested in the story, as he gradually begins to reveal more about the crime and the people involved. There is a real sense of menace which deepened and darkened with each new chapter.

I thought this was an utterly compelling read. I could really see the pain Ben was still going through, even though it had been years since the tragic event took place. I could also clearly see his reluctance to revisit that time, and I could really understand this. If felt that if I was in his position, I would want to forget about the past as well, and do my best to move forward with my life. But as Ben begins to look back at what happened all those years ago, he finds new motivation to answer the questions he’s always had. And there are new questions for him too.

Robert Gold also tells the story from another set of characters who I thought he also developed really well. It’s hard to see at first how their stories and Ben’s are connected, but Robert Gold does pull everything together in a brilliant and surprising way. There were some genuinely shocking twists as Ben finally begins to unravel the truth behind what happened to his family. I was rooting for him to get to the answers he needed.  

I’m really pleased to see that this if the first book in a new series featuring Ben, and I hope there are many more books to come. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Sphere

Publication date: 3rd March 2022

Print length: 374 pages

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