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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Twelve-year-old Kyle Marshall was an explorer. His dad used to take him to the beach, but they would never venture as far as the rocks and cliffs where it seemed to Kyle the real treasure would be found. Taking advantage of some time alone, he let his spirit guide him. His instincts were right and, for his efforts, he was rewarded with two unusual treasures. He could only imagine what secrets they might reveal. However, their discovery brought consequences to it. Terrified for his safety, Kyle confides in Kaitlin and together they vow to uncover the secret in the cliffs. But it seems someone else has other plans.
The Secret in the Cliffs is a young adult fantasy following the adventures of two friends, Kyle and Kaitlin, as they are drawn into a dangerous and mysterious situation. I enjoyed the characters' interactions, banter, and the steady pacing of the plot as events begin to unfold. There is action, danger, and excitement as the quest of discovery continues. Humor adds a slight relief in tense and dangerous situations. Kristin Tucker writes in an age-appropriate style with attention paid to bringing the characters, setting, and tension to life for the reader. This is the kind of book I read as a youngster; a thrilling, action-packed, and suspenseful story that leaves you eager to uncover the truth and solve the mystery. There are some insights and hidden wisdom suitable for a young audience. As well as being an adventure, it is also a tale about uncovering the truth, friendship, and knowing what is important.