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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Secrets of the Gold by Baer Charlton is a suspense-filled young adult story about an extraordinary friendship between people with different pasts. Seventeen-year-old Bean is running away from an abusive home when she encounters Duff, a biker running from vicious assassins and a history he cannot remember. Bean cannot wait to turn eighteen, become independent, and get away from the foster care system. But, before then, she has to find a way to escape. So she convinces Duff to take her with him and cross various states together. Along the way, they develop a deep friendship, and Duff introduces her as his niece throughout the journey. Both main characters grow as they face dangerous situations and learn lessons together.
Charlton brings together two unlikely characters who forge an intriguing and believable friendship. Each character is fascinating in their way. I loved Bean’s perceptiveness and enjoyed reading about her growth as she makes new friends along the road and pursues her goals. The storyline provides her backstory, which further helped me understand her as a main character. The people they meet are equally fascinating. Duff’s mysterious past adds a thrilling twist to the plot, and tension mounts as the story ends. The conversations between Duff and Bean are entertaining and enhance the tale. Secrets of the Gold by Baer Charlton is a captivating mystery novel with riveting turns and convincing characters. You will love the lead characters’ growth and enjoy the absorbing experiences they have on their journey.