Your Secret’s Not Safe with Me (YA Humorous Suspense)

Status: Complete
Category and Genre: Young Adult Humorous Suspense
Word Count: 70,000

It’s all campfires and s’mores until someone’s murdered with your fishing knife.

Seventeen-year-old Dora Lockhart can’t wait for her parents to cruise off around the world. Bon voyage. She has her own epic plans—a wilderness adventure for advanced Girl Scouts that includes backpacking and canoeing. It’ll be the summer of her dreams.

Or not. Just before leaving, Dora’s parents veto her trip, insisting she stay home with her fifteen-year-old brother, Sam, and the babysitter they’ve hired. Forget that. Dora’s so going on her trip anyway. Except the babysitter, Marie, viciously foils Dora’s escape plan. In a furious text exchange, Dora swears she’ll “bury” her—with the dirt she has on Marie and the married police officer next door.

But when Dora returns home to find Marie dead in the kitchen, her own fishing knife the culprit for Marie’s neck wound, Dora knows she’s screwed. Convinced someone’s trying to frame her for murder, Dora begs Sam to help her stuff Marie’s body in the basement freezer (because, panic!), and they run away to hide in an abandoned cabin in the Ozarks. She’s in major violation of the Girl Scout Law—and maybe for nothing. Because Dora receives a text from the dead babysitter’s phone: Your secret’s not safe with me. Now 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, too.

YOUR SECRET’S NOT SAFE WITH ME is a 70,000-word humorous YA suspense that will appeal to fans of “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” and KILL THE BOY BAND.