"As addictive as it is unpredictable."—Natasha Preston, New York Times bestselling author of The Twin and The Cellar
From Natalie D. Richards, the New York Times bestselling author of YA psychological thriller books, comes a romance suspense story about a girl who helps the boy next door—but he might be dangerous, perfect for fans of Megan Miranda and Karen McManus.
Emerson May is "the good girl." She's the perfect daughter, the caring friend, the animal shelter volunteer. But when her best friend's brother breaks into her room, his hands covered in blood, she doesn't scream or call the cops. Because when Deacon smiles at her, Emmie doesn't want to be good…
The whole town believes notorious troublemaker Deacon is guilty of assaulting his father. Only Emmie knows a secret that could set him free. But if she follows her heart, she could be trusting a killer…
You can't always trust the boy next door.
Perfect for readers who want:
•Teenage mystery books
Also by Natalie D. Richards:
Five Total Strangers
Six Months Later
Gone Too Far
One Was Lost
We All Fall Down
What You Hide
Praise for My Secret to Tell:
"Brimming with suspense and intrigue."—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls
"[R]eaders who enjoy heavy doses of psychological and romantic tension will not be disappointed."—VOYA
"Plenty of fun and plenty to relate to in this coming-of-age romance with an adrenaline rush."—Kirkus Reviews
Emmie has been in love with her friend Chelsea's gorgeous brother, Deacon, for years. Deacon has problems, however, including a paralyzing fear of blood. When Deacon's father turns up nearly dead, Emmie finds Deacon covered in his blood. She wants to help Deacon, but nearly everyone in town thinks he is responsible for sending his father to the hospital. Secrets abound: Emmie is covering for Deacon, Chelsea is behaving strangely, and Deacon is definitely holding back the whole story, even from Emmie, his biggest ally. In an effort to create suspense, Richards (Gone Too Far) packs her novel full of red herrings (including the local thugs Emmie has scary run-ins with) to sometimes confusing effect. With so many characters acting suspiciously and dialogue that conceals more than it reveals, readers may end up feeling frustrated and lost. As a character, Deacon remains largely ephemeral, and Emmie's frequent reminders that she has loved him for ages aren't quite enough to help make sense of why she defends him so staunchly. Ages 14 up.