There are some other aspects of the story that I hope we learn more about in future books. I would like to read more about Alyson and her friends and their adventures. Kathi Daley's move into the YA scene is well written and fast moving. I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this series. May 06, Joanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: cozy-mystery , young-adult. Best known for writing wonderful cozy mysteries for adults that are clean and also enjoyed by teens and young adults Kathi Daley has successfully entered the world of young adult world novels with The Secret.
It has all the hallmarks of Kathi's other series: life in a small town populated by interesting people you come to care about, friends who feel like family, families with members who truly care about each other, a mystery that is difficult to solve, humor, an awesome pet, a well woven plot including several sub-plots and a touch of the paranormal in it with a focus on teenagers. Amanda, A. Alyson Prescott, is the teen heroine in this series. Allyson and Sarah, her mom, have been relocated to Cutter Cove, Oregon under the Witness Protection Program complete with new names and identities.
Alyson is smart and outgoing. Trevor introduces Eli to the group and together they begin working together to solve the mysteries. Allyson and Sarah are live in a very old house with lots of treasures and secrets to be discovered in the attic. The previous owner was murdered four years earlier and he wants Alyson to find his killer! Alyson makes friends quickly and soon has a group of friends to help her clean the attic, find clues, investigate suspects, and discover an heir to the Cutter fortune.
The plot is smooth with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the end. The mystery is a well-constructed plausible one in which the story is tied up by the end of the book. There is the ongoing plotline allowing for character and story development in future books. This is definitely a book that is intended to carry on for a while. This cozy mystery is definitely suitable for teens as well. It's fast-paced, clean, easy read with just a touch of paranormal.
This cozy mystery is suitable for young teens and those young at heart. Alyson Prescott, heiress, has recently moved with her mom to the small town of Cutter Cove, as part of a witness protection program. For her first day at her new school she is hoping to make new friends. Lucky for her she meets what will quickly become her best friends Mac girl , Eli and Trevor. They quickly band together to solve the mystery of her ghostly visit from Barkley, former owner of the fixer upper house her mom purchased.
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As they pour through the tons of forgotten items stored ever Alyson Prescott, heiress, has recently moved with her mom to the small town of Cutter Cove, as part of a witness protection program. As they pour through the tons of forgotten items stored everywhere in the attic, they soon become convinced they know what secret they need to uncover. Will they be successful in their hunt? I enjoyed this story, set for a younger audience. The characters are charming, recalling the Namcy Drew era, and the story and secret is interesting.
My rating is 4 instead of 5 because first I got a little bogged down with some of the financial data they were reviewing, and second I wasn't overly happy with the computer hacking, especially in a story aimed at a YA audience. But overall the story flowed well and I look forward to reading the next story in this series. An excellent start to a great new Young adult series An excellent start to a fantastic new you adult series with a lot of potential for future books.
With a little help from a few strange occurrences and a good dose of Alyson's own curi An excellent start to a great new Young adult series An excellent start to a fantastic new you adult series with a lot of potential for future books. With a little help from a few strange occurrences and a good dose of Alyson's own curiosity and a few clues discovered while going through the belongings left behind and some help from her new friends, i couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Kathi Daley is ready to take over the young adult gene and do it with as much mastery as she does with her adult cozy mystery series of which she now has three.
I may not be a young adult, but I look forward to reading future books in the series. Kindle Copy for Review Once again Kathi Daley brings us a nice new series focusing on teenagers as the main characters. They moved into an old house that been vacated for several years and has a history of its own full of secrets. Alyson has her own secrets as well as she is drawn in learning about the secrets of the previous owner.
As she makes new friends that are different than what she had before, they Kindle Copy for Review Once again Kathi Daley brings us a nice new series focusing on teenagers as the main characters. As she makes new friends that are different than what she had before, they find themselves using their skills to research the previous owner.
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In doing so, Alyson is warned to stay away from further investigating as the gang begins their initial inquiries. Finding the truth as murder, deception, lies and embezzlement go hand in hand. The things what people are willing to do for money. They are a likeable group of teenagers who have their flaws and strengths that can work together. A plot that quickly moves along. Apr 15, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. The Secret is geared toward the young adult, but I really enjoyed it very much, reminds me of Nancy Drew books I use to read. The story and characters are easy to follow , once I got started I did not want to put it down till the end.
The Secret is a good clean mystery book. Kathy Daley you have another winner. This is a big change for the both of them. Alyson making new friends, and there is action on solving a long time mystery and murder. Thank you Kathi Daley for another wonderful mystery winner. Well written YA mystery.
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end.
I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dol Well written YA mystery. This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.
I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP. When Alyson starts school she teams up with a group of students who work to help her solve the mystery of the haunted house she lives in, as well as the suspicious death, and a very old secret. YA fiction isn't my usual genre, but I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. Mar 07, Betty rated it it was amazing.
Another intriguing series from Kathi Daley. This series is directed to teens but it would be a great read for any age. Alyson is a teenager who had to leave her wealthy lifestyle behind because she witnessed a murder. She and her mother are in the Witness Protection Program and have relocated to the west coast. Alyson has to deal with her new identity, new home, new school and a murder It has an excellent story line with well developed characters and is a real page turner. Mar 03, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: cozy-mystery , kathi-daley , young-adult.
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This is the first book in the Seacliff High Mystery series. I found this to be a very engrossing read, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. There are multiple mysteries and a touch of the paranormal. The characters are very believable and I found this to be a fast and engrossing read. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Perhaps we will find out why Allyson and her mother are in the Witness Control Program! Mar 23, Bianca rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: All ages. Shelves: tween-ya. I won this book on Goodreads! I really loved this book.
This is a 1st in the series "The Secret" and I find myself looking forward to the next book. The story was what you see is what you get. I liked that Kathi Daley did not make her characters week or dense. These teens were smart, clever, resourceful and had manners! With Kyle and Jenna's help, they dig into the lives of those involved, only to find a mystery more complex than anything they could ever have imagined. Christmas in Serenity is a magical time of year Tj has always looked forward to with happy anticipation. This year her holiday spirit is marred by the impending arrival of two new men in her life.
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