Kate Unmasked by Cindy M. Hogan

Code of Silence, book 1
Category: mystery and suspense, romance, teens and young adults
Publisher: O'Neal Publishing
Publisher's Recommended Age: 12 - 18
Release Date: September 1, 2015
My Rating: 3 Stars


The mysteries of her past consume her.

Seventeen-year-old Kate has never stopped searching for the secrets of her past—the secrets that began with her missing birth parents. After years of every lead drying up and every hope turning false, Kate finally lucks onto a promising lead.

Determined to find the truth once and for all, Kate travels to the gritty New Jersey shore. But what she finds is worse than she ever could have imagined. She can’t hide from who she is, and now she must face the awful consequences of finding the very people she should have been hiding from.

Some secrets should stay dead and buried.

A young adult action/adventure novel filled with mystery, suspense, romance, and lots of thrills, sure to thrill both teens and adults.


I enjoyed Kate Unmasked. It is a fun, interesting mystery that I would feel comfortable having my teens read.

As a mother reading this story the efficiency and organization of Kate's home would be my dream come true. Kate is such an obedient child that cares about passing her physics exam with high marks, is kind to her siblings, plays her piano for hours, responsibly does her chores, does extra to surprise and please her mother, plays basketball full on, etc.... That child rarely exists, and to have a whole family of children that are so close to perfect is pretty implausible. A dream maybe but then life sure would be rather boring. Although is that a bad thing? I’m waffling here.

Kate Unmasked is a story of finding yourself. A journey that is much more difficult for the adopted child. I have four adopted children from two separate birth families. One lesson that my husband and I took away from foster care training is to never try to make a child's past prettier than it is and to never lie or hide available information about their past. We have never regretted the choice to follow those precepts. Kate’s parents made the opposite decision, hiding all of the available information and generally misleading her.  It just about gets Kate killed. I got quite angry with Kate's parents for allowing her to go to some of the extreme measures that she did knowing that there would be no answers. Their duplicity led the dream child to become a rebellious one out of sheer frustration. There wouldn't have been much of a story though without those decisions and their effect upon Kate.

Kate Unmasked generated emotion in me. Not every writer can do that. Additionally, the book ended in a great way and had me ready to move on to the second story in the series. In my world that is a great story.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.

Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a secondary education teaching degree and enjoys spending time with unpredictable teenagers.

More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age.

If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party.

She loves to bake, garden and be outdoors doing a myriad of activities.