Title- My Secret to Tell
Author- Natalie D Richards
Publisher- Sourcefire Books
Release- October 6, 2015
There was blood on his hands. Where was the guilt in his eyes?
Emmie’s had a crush on her best friend’s brother forever. Deacon is the town bad boy who’s always in trouble, but she sees his soft side when he volunteers with her at the local animal shelter. She doesn’t think he’s dangerous…until he shows up in her bedroom with blood on his hands.
Deacon’s father has been violently assaulted and Deacon is suspect number one. Emmie’s smart enough to know how this looks, but she also knows Deacon’s biggest secret—he’s paralyzed by the sight of blood. She’s sure he didn’t do this. Or did he? Because even Deacon’s own sister thinks he’s guilty…
When I first saw this book I though the cover was beautiful then I realized it reminded me Too Far Gone, and that is when I put two and two together, that Natalie Richards wrote both stories. Being that I loved Gone Too Far, I knew I was going to love My Secret to Tell.
I always love a book with a little bit of mystery and did this one have some. Although, at a certain point I was able to figure out whom the “bad guy” was, it took me a while and I was a little surprised I was correct. I think Ms. Richards did a get job making the reader second guess who they think the guy is by throwing in some curve balls.
Some may find Emmy as whiney, but I enjoyed reading about her and that she was a great heroine. I was rooting for her the whole time! She was so likable and had her own quarks just like everyone else. Then there was Deacon, who doesn’t love a bad boy. The thing is, he isn’t as bad as people think he is and Emmy sees that side of him.
I do think young readers will enjoy reading this story, there is just the right amount of action and romance that will engage them!
Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she’s not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.