Hide and Secrets: The blockbuster thriller from million-copy bestselling Sophie McKenzie

Hide and Secrets: The blockbuster thriller from million-copy bestselling Sophie McKenzie

By Author / Illustrator

Sophie McKenzie


Suspense & Thrillers

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Simon & Schuster Ltd




Paperback / softback




A lonely girl, a missing father and a trail of lies . . . From the million-copy bestselling author Girl, Missing, comes a blockbuster teen thriller that will have you looking for answers round every corner.

Fourteen-year-old Cat is lonely - reeling from the loss of her father, she's disconnected from friends and fighting with her mum. But when a new boy, Tyler, arrives for the summer, Cat finds herself opening up to the handsome stranger. A shocking revelation about her dad turns Cat's world on its head. She and Tyler uncover a series of secrets that take them on a perilous journey. With fresh lies exposed and threats from a dangerous gang revealed, will Cat risk everything to keep herself and her family safe?

An explosive, edge-of-your-seat new drama from the original queen of teen thrillers, Sophie McKenzie, for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson.

'Sophie's thrillers are in a league of their own - nobody does it better' Phil Earle, author of When the Sky Falls



Hide and Secrets follows 14-year-old Cat, who is still reeling from her father's death some 18 months ago. Her little sister Bess hasn't spoken since that day and she constantly falls out with her sort of celebrity mom. To top it all off, her mom has also gone and rented out the Barn for the summer where Cat works on her sewing. Some summer this is going to be...until she gets a text telling her that her dad is still alive...

How should she handle this? Is this really true? Her mind is all over the place. How can she track her dad, before a dangerous gang finds him? After all, she is only 14. However, there is a little light at the end of this dark tunnel; the family that has rented the barn are a father and his son, Tyler. Cat soon starts up a friendship with Tyler and he's more than willing to help her track her father down. Between them they uncover a web of secrets that takes them on a risky and hazardous journey. What will Cat have to do to keep her family safe?

This short, pacey, easy to read novel is suitable for the 11+ confident/non confident reader. It has everything a young teenager wants; mystery, dash of romance, relatable characters and plenty of twists and turns that will keep them engaged. The story would also be great for book clubs and intervention groups as there are quite a few areas for discussion and debate. A great starter thriller, you won't be disappointed.

336 pages / Reviewed by Linda Brown

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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