My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards

October 5, 2015     erinbook     Book review

My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards

Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
320 Pages
Received: Gifted
Format: ARC


4 Nuts
Description: 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…
Review: It’s that time again, time for a new Natalie D. Richards book. I actually received this book back in the summer and forced myself to wait until now to read it, and you have no idea how hard that was. Natalie is one of the coolest people I have ever met and out of her mind come some of the darkest, most suspenseful stories I’ve ever read. Happily, this third book of hers is no different.
My Secret to Tell is Natalie’s third published standalone. All of her books have these beautiful matching covers despite the fact that they have nothing to do with each other. Like her previous novels, I sat down to read this book and finished within 24 hours. If you like quick reads, Natalie’s books are right up your alley. They keep you on the edge so you won’t want to put them down until you’re done.
Oddly, of the three books this one is probably my least favorite. That’s not to say that it isn’t good, because it absolutely is, but I might be a little biased towards her Ohio settings rather than this southern one. Just personal preference I guess. Like her previous books, most of the characters here have secrets. Natalie thrives with characters who are rarely forthright about anything. It’s awesome to watch the story unfold and each secret being revealed one by one.
I have to say my favorite part of this book is probably Deacon. He’s the most swoon-worthy guy Natalie has written to date. I can’t really explain what I like so much about him. I just find the guy incredibly endearing. To say more might give some major plot points away so I’ll not say anything else about it.I honestly did not suspect where the story was going. Ok, maybe I did at one point but Natalie turned me in an entirely different direction before I could think anymore about it. Good on you Natalie for fooling me! I love a good plot twist, and this book has several.

If you like a good suspenseful story with great characters and a dash of darkness, you’ll really enjoy this new book. I’m so glad I waited to read it.

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