A romantic thriller about a girl who helps the boy next door. Has she given her heart to a criminal?
"Brimming with suspense and intrigue."
—Megan Miranda
NYT Bestselling author All the Missing Girls and The Last House Guest
"Plenty of fun and plenty to relate to in this coming-of-age romance with an adrenaline rush."
—Krikus Reviews

One promise changed her life. One confession could end it.

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…

"This is one of my FAVORITE writers. Natalie has a way of writing a clean thriller/mystery that has me turning the pages and staying up way too late. I highly suggest this book. The character and relationship growth of Emmy & Deacon was great combined with mystery. I've probably reread this book a dozen times."
Reader review on amazon titled "my secret is reading this book over and over"
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