Kid’s Book Review: Hide and Secrets

Kid’s Book Review: Hide and Secrets

About the Book and Author

This a fine example of thrilling teen fiction from bestselling writer Sophie Mckenzie. In common with Sophie’s other books it will be published by Simon & Schuster and available from July.

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?

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Sophie Mckenzie author

Sophie Mckenzie  is the award-winning author of a range of teen thrillers, including the Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me), Blood Ties and Blood Ransom and the Medusa Project series.

She has also written two romance series: the Luke and Eve books and the Flynn series, which starts with the novel Falling Fast. Split Second is her first teen stand-alone novel in seven years. Sophie’s first novel for adults is the psychological thriller Close My Eyes.


Book Review

The pacing is good, and the book isn’t too scary or dark, making it a great gateway book for teenage readers

For 18 months, Cat has believed her father was killed in a sailing accident. Then one day her life is flipped upside down. She receives a call from her dad’s old friend Rik, who tells her that her father is alive and in danger, and that she must save him. With the help of her new and handsome friend Tyler and her little sister Bess, Cat sets off on the adventure of a lifetime.

As someone who has read a number of Sophie’s other books, this was by far my favourite. The execution of the plot line was done well, and the ending was satisfying. The biggest difference I found from her older books, like Girl, Missing, was the characters.

I really felt like I got to know Cat, unlike Lauren in Girl, Missing. Even the minor characters of the story such as Cat’s mum or Tyler’s dad were interesting. I found the book a little predictable, but there were still some things I definitely didn’t see coming and throughout the story there were many twists and turns.

I think the book is aimed at someone in year 7/8 and I would definitely recommend it to any teenage reader who is just starting to get into the world of YA mystery. The pacing is good, and the book isn’t too scary or dark, making it a great gateway book.

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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Martha
  • Name: Martha
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: Mamma Mia, running and reading
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