Friday 1 January 2016

{Review} My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards

25605070Posted by Donna
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Finished Date: December 13th, 2015
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / Book Depo 
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…

The Review: My Secret to Tell was the first book I’d read by author Natalie D. Richards. It’s not often I find myself reaching for a YA thriller but sometimes I need to try something different and My Secret to Tell sounded like an interesting read so I thought why not.

The story is about a girl called Emmie who has always had a crush on her best friend’s brother. Trouble is Deacon is trouble. He’s been in trouble with the police a number of times and everyone always seems to see the bad side of him especially his father who he doesn’t get along with but, not Emmie. She sees the good side. The side that he hides from everyone else. But when Deacon turns up at Emmie’s house one night covered in blood that belongs to his father, Emmie doesn’t know what to believe. Does she believe that Deacon hurt his father like everyone else in town or does she know the real Deacon, the one that would never hurt someone?

With My Secret to Tell being a mystery/thriller it had a lot of twists to the story. I wasn’t expecting it to be so dangerous and Emmie and Deacon’s story really was. Deacon is basically framed for hurting his Dad which was properly the easiest part of the story to work out, however, the why’s and when’s and all the other questions that come with this book weren’t very easily predicted and I enjoyed discovering the answers along with the characters. I really liked Emmie and Deacon. I thought they were good characters and they easily held my attention. Some of the other characters weren’t as likable but I guess that’s a given with the nature of the story. I didn’t go into it with a lot of expectations and I think this helped because while the story didn’t blow me away it was one I certainly liked and even so made me go an buy the author’s debut novel Six Months Later.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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