Spy thrillers aren’t just an adult or young adult theme. Author Christina Diaz Gonzalez has come with another fast paced thriller in Concealed. Read on for a full book review of Concealed, published by Scholastic books!
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It’s always hard moving to a new place and meeting new friends but in Concealed, the main character Katrina isn’t an Army brat. Her family is in the witness protection program and Katrina is on pins and needles every time they move to a new area. When her parents disappear, Katrina hits the road with her neighbor Parker to find out some sort of information on her family.
After reaching out to a acquaintance of her parents, Katrina realizes that her entire life is based on a lit that her parents fed her to keep her safe. Armed with a laptop and a strained relationship with X (her parents friend) Katrina and Parker fight to stay alive and find out the truth of Katrina’s origins.
Concealed is a suspenseful children’s fiction book that is reminiscent of Lois Duncan’s Don’t Look Behind You. The process of starting their family over in a new location is stressful and lonely and I think author Christina Diaz Gonzalez really captured those feelings that Katrina has, including her hesitancy to trust kids her age like Parker. Katrina and her parents living off the grid is realistic in Concealed and I liked the social media twist that sets off the entire conflict. Concealed is a fast paced compelling tween thriller with an engaging main character that will leave readers guessing up until the very last chapter.
Rating 4/5 stars
At the 76th Annual Edgar® Awards the novel CONCEALED written by Christina Diaz Gonzalez was named Best Juvenile Fiction during an in-person, black tie event. Considered the most prestigious award in the mystery/thriller genre, it is presented by the Mystery Writers of America and honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced during the preceding year. Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the first Latina to receive a nomination and first to win in the category of Best Juvenile Fiction!