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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Secret to Tell Published by Sourcebooks Fire
on October 6, 2015 Genres: Mystery Pages:
311 Format: ARC Goodreads
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2021)
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.
After reading Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards last year, I knew that I would read absolutely anything else that she wrote. That’s why I ultimately decided to give My Secret to Tell a read.
My Secret to Tell follows a teenager named Emerson whose best friend’s father was just brutally hurt. Everyone keeps pinning the near-murder on her best friend Chelsea’s brother, Deacon. However, she knows very well that it was not Deacon because he’s completely scared of blood and has been ever since he was a child. In addition, she always helps Deacon clean up his blood when he’s injured. As a matter of fact, she cleans blood off of him right after his father gets hurt. Throughout the story, Emmie works to try to prove Deacon’s innocence.
Sadly, this story fell short for me because I kind of fleshed out who caused the incident very soon after the story began. I’m finding that it’s hard for me to enjoy mysteries because a lot of the time I can figure out who it is and I don’t much like that. My suspicions were only questioned once towards the very end of the story, though the next page just rose them again because it finally admitted who did it all.
Despite that, I really loved the characters. Emmie was very sweet and I loved how hard she worked to prove Deacon’s innocence. I felt horrible for Deacon often because everyone was just throwing him under the bus without question. It was obvious that he wasn’t the kind of person to do such bad things. However, My Secret to Tell was still a pretty enjoyable read and I’d still pick up anything else that Natalie writes.