Tuesday, 25 August 2015

ARC REVIEW: My Secret To Tell by Natalie D. Richards

Summary: 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…

Title: My Secret to Tell
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: October 6, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I really did like this one. I thought it was a tad predictable and I definitely caught on to part of it at like 30% of the way through, but there was still some surprises and it kept me guessing on some of the parts of it the entire way through. One of the things I did not like was that everyone had nicknames and the names would change within the same paragraph or sentence and it was just too much for me.

I liked Deacon. I think he was really realistic. He wasn't apologetic for being the way he was and I liked that he told Emmie that he was not going to just be able to change because she wanted him to. But I also liked that Emmie made her own decisions at the end there. I loved seeing their journey together and how they both grew.

I was a little disappointed that Chelsea wasn't involved in the story more -- I would have liked to see more of the female friendship side of things because I feel like they had a good one. It would have been nice to have a bit of that because we didn't get much.

I liked that there was more at play than just the "mystery" because there were things Emmie didn't know about her parents and their family dynamic. I thought it was quite interesting seeing how their past affected how Emmie was treated. I also liked seeing her come into her own. I thought she was a pretty good protagonist and heroine in this story.

Without giving it away, I thought that the majority of the "bad guys" were obvious and there was only really one that surprised me. But I was still interested and on the edge of my seat to figure out how it was all interconnected and what that meant for Emmie and Deacon. I would recommend this if you want a quick, light read with a fairly good mystery that is worth the pay off.

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