Have you ever wondered about the stories from behind the White House that are never told? What secrets the President might have? The Inner Circle written by Brad Meltzer is one of those fictional novels that have you wondering those questions if you have not already done so. Beecher White is an archivist who works in the White House. He is in charge of taking care of those precious books and documents kept in the National Archives for the U.S. Government.
As Beecher is giving a tour to an old classmate, Clementine, they both meet up with a security guard who talks him into showing Clementine a secret room that they should not have been inside. In that room they come across a dictionary that use to belong to George Washington. The dictionary was hidden in a secret place. The one mistake Beecher makes, changes his life forever!
This starts off with a line of events beginning first with the death of the security guard minutes after they find the dictionary. After the loss of his friend, Beecher and Clementine spend the next few days trying to find out who left that dictionary, who was it left for, and what did it all mean? Meltzer did a great job of making you wonder if things like this could or have happened in our history. It has me wondering more about the true stories behind the secret group, the Culper Ring. Does it really still continue?
I really enjoyed this book and felt like I was taking a tour of the White House with the vivid descriptions that Meltzer gives about the rooms there as well as other locations true to history like Mt. Vernon. I love books like this where the author takes some of history and adds fictional stories to give you a whole different perception.
The best thing about this book is a second one about Beecher White came out in January 2013! Watch for that review soon.