The Foxwoode Riding Academy brochure hadn't mentioned anything about the girl who vanished four years earlier. While the other girls mock the rumor that a dead girl haunts Foxwoode, Brynlei senses that the girl-or her ghost-lurks in the shadows. Someone soon discovers Brynlei's search for answers and will go to any length to stop her. When Brynlei finally uncovers the truth, she must choose whether to protect a valuable secret-or save a life.
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When I pick up a book to read, I want to be engrossed in the story and carried away. I hope the storyline will take me someplace else, grab my attention, and keep it. It’s even better when I learn something new or venture away from my normal routine in reading. Trail of Secrets was all of this for me. I don’t usually read mysteries, but this book was very enjoyable and it took me to another place. I almost felt like I was at the riding camp and knew these characters. I found myself thinking about them during the days when I was not even reading the book! The author painted such a detailed picture of the characters’ personalities that you could really relate to the interactions between them. As others have mentioned, I knew nothing about riding and haven’t been around horses much…but I found the equestrian language and tactics intriguing. It was not over-emphasized, just introduced enough to seem very credible and add to the authenticity. It gave a glimpse into the sport/hobby of these girls and the knowledge they need to ride at that level. Anyways, the mystery aspect of the book was fun and a little wild – there are unexpected twists. This is a great novel for teens or adults, and a good book to use even to introduce a young adult to mystery. I recommend it and I would look forward to reading another novel by this author if a sequel follows!
There are many scary ghost stories that get told around the campfire during summer camps but that was not what teenager Brynlei thought she would be concerned about when she was invited to attend the elite riding academy called Foxwoode for three weeks. For years Brynlei had wanted to attend Foxwoode but she had decided that there was no way her family could afford to send her to the posh riding school. But this year would be different because she was in fact going to attend the exquisite riding camp. Weeks before leaving for camp, Brynlei memorized every bit of information in the brochure and dreamed about what her horse would be like and the lessons she would learn. When Brynlei finally arrives at Foxwoode she hears the story of a girl named Caroline Watson who came to this very camp four years ago but never left. Apparently she went on a trail ride that was unmarked and she was never seen again. Several searches were conducted to find the missing fifteen-year-old but the only evidence that was ever recovered was Caroline’s boots found in the river and some spots of blood with hair found on the rocks near the water. This led police to believe that Caroline had fallen from her horse, was hit in the head and then drown in the river although nothing was ever found of the body. After the alleged accident, people started reporting a ghost-like figure of a girl lurking in the woods outside of Foxwoode and now Brynlei cannot shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Could it be Caroline coming back to haunt the riders of Foxwoode? As if wanting to solve a mystery was not enough, Brynlei is also put in a cabin with a snotty self-centered girl named Alyssa who seems to enjoy making fun of everyone else in the room. Of course Alyssa brings her own well trained horse and is the former Top Rider award winner that is awarded each year. Brynlei is determined to work twice as hard to give Alyssa a run for her money as maybe this will be the year Alyssa is knocked out of the Top Rider running. With the very first page I found myself holding my breath as author Laura Wolfe started with an expert from the end of the book describing the main character being chased by something or someone that the reader has no idea about. With such an intense introduction I could not help but dive into this story as fast as I could turn the pages, wanting to find out exactly what put Brynlei in such turmoil. The rest of this book definitely did not disappoint me as I found myself holding my breath in countless places making it an exhilarating read. Laura Wolfe brought to life a thrilling mystery without being overly gory and I enjoyed that tremendously. Quill says: The first page brought with it a thrilling chill that did not leave until the exciting ending.