Your Secret’s Not Safe with Me (YA Contemporary)

Status: Work in Progress
Category and Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Word Count: 61,000

Seventeen-year-old Dora Lockhart can’t wait for her parents to cruise off around the world. Bon voyage. It’s fine they’re leaving Dora and her fifteen-year-old brother, Sam, behind. Because Dora will be on her own wilderness adventure specifically designed for advanced Girl Scouts trained in backpacking and canoeing.

Or not. Just before leaving, Dora’s parents decide she needs to stay home as a second babysitter for Sam, along with the woman they’ve hired. Forget that. Dora’s so going on her trip anyway. Except the babysitter, Marie, calls to ensure the bus leaves without Dora. In a furious text exchange, Dora threatens to kill Marie. Ten minutes later, Dora finds Marie dead in the kitchen, with Dora’s fishing knife dripping blood next to a gaping wound in Marie’s neck.

Talk about unlucky timing. The police probably won’t believe Dora meant that text figuratively.

Convinced someone’s trying to frame her for murder (she packed that knife!), Dora panics and blackmails Sam into helping her stuff Marie’s body in the downstairs freezer. She’s in major violation of the Girl Scout Law—and maybe for nothing. When Dora receives a text from Marie’s phone (Your secret’s not safe with me), she and Sam must figure out whether Marie’s a walking icicle or the killer’s playing a seriously disturbed prank on them before they end up on ice.

YOUR SECRET’S NOT SAFE WITH ME is a 61,000-word contemporary young adult novel that will appeal to fans of “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” and KILL THE BOY BAND.