Hide and Secrets
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: YA Mystery
Published: 15 September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars
A lonely girl, a missing father and a trail of lies . . . From the bestselling author of top-ten blockbuster Girl, Missing comes an explosive new teen thriller – for fans of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Riverdale.
Fourteen-year-old Cat is facing a lonely summer. Her father is missing – presumed dead – her mother has retreated into her own world and her little sister, Bess, refuses to speak. But when a boy and his father come to stay nearby for the holidays, Cat finds herself opening up to the handsome Tyler. Discovering some long-buried information, Cat and Tyler begin to unravel the trail of lies around her father’s disappearance – a journey that will take them cross-country, uncover a dangerous gang, and a plot to steal a priceless jewel. With secrets exposed, will Cat be able to begin to mend her family?
An edge-of-your-seat drama from the queen of teen thrillers, Hide and Secrets will have you looking for answers in every corner . . .
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing me with an ARC in exchange for ana honest review.
Having read and enjoyed a lot of Sophie McKenzie’s teen books, I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this one. I was immediately sucked into the story and found myself trying to figure out what was going to happen.
Cat is faced with lonely summer spent with her mum and sister, and never expects that she’s about to find out news that will completely change her life. Cat’s father died eighteen months ago, and since then her little sister hasn’t uttered a word. But the day a boy and his father move into their summer house to fix up the mosaic, Cat receives a call from her father’s old friend stating that her father is alive, and he needs her help to find him. Tyler, the boy now living so close to her home, joins Cat in her search and as they spend more time together, they grow a lot closer.
‘My life isn’t decided by the planets, and their positions. I choose who I am. Every day.’
I am a sucker for romance, so I really liked that there was also a little romance subplot in this book between Cat and Tyler. I thought their relationship was quite sweet and it was approached in a realistic way for their age. The relationship between Cat and Bess, her sister, was written really well, and I understood how Cat felt at times when their relationship seemed a little strained. The relationship between Cat and her mother felt like a typical teen relationship, where the mother doesn’t understand that her daughter is growing up, but she also doesn’t pay enough attention to Cat and what is actually going on.
I loved the mystery of this book, and although at first, I thought it was a little unrealistic, this soon changed as I read further into the book. If you are a fan of teen mystery thrillers,, then I recommend this one!
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