Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review: My Secret to Tell

Title My Secret to Tell

Author Natalie D. Richards

Release Date October 6, 2015

His smile is a crime.

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.

My Secret to Tell was okay. It wasn't any less and it, unfortunately, wasn't any more.

Sadly, I never felt drawn into the story. I didn't feel like the book was hard to put down. I wasn't really interested in what was happening. The only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know who assaulted Mr. Westfield (more on that later).

If I had to pinpoint my lack of interest in the story, I think it would have to do with the characters. I didn't find any of them to be unique or interesting. I felt like they could have been switched out with practically any other YA character and the story would be exactly the same. Some background, some depth, for these characters could have brought this book to another level.

The romance was boring. Yes, Deacon and Emmie had been friends for many years. Her crush wasn't anything new, but that doesn't really tell me why she liked him. I have no idea what drew her to him other than he was attractive. And, truthfully, other than Emmie being there for him, I don't really know why he wanted to be with her. "Oh, no one else is around? Guess I'll take you?" Yeah, that kind of sucks.

The mystery of the story wasn't exactly compelling either. I had a pretty solid idea of who was behind everything (and I was right) pretty early on in the story. It just felt a little too obvious, so when the big reveal happened it was pretty disappointing.


2 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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