They say nothing interesting ever happens in Bell, Mississippi, but this summer, that’s all changed. Sixteen-year-old Lauren’s district attorney mother is prosecuting the biggest murder trial of her career, a case that’s fascinated the whole county. And Lauren’s lifelong crush, Bowie Weston, has finally noticed she’s alive. Too bad it’s for the wrong reasons. He’s the son of the defendant.

Bowie is sure his mom isn’t guilty of shooting his father, but he can’t figure out why she lied about the details of that night. Maybe she had a good reason. Hell, he lied about it, too. Bowie’s devastated by the loss of his dad and determined to keep his mom out of prison. He believes Lauren may be the key, and he thinks he can convince her to help him—he has something she wants desperately, something her family needs.

Lauren wants to believe Bowie, and she wishes she could help him, but she knows better than to interfere. Her mom has already sacrificed so much for this case: sleep, her social standing, even re-election to the job she loves. She can’t lose the trial, too. And Lauren wonders, like everyone in town, how much Bowie knows about what happened the night his father died. And whether he was somehow involved.

If Lauren goes against her good-girl M.O. and risks helping Bowie, she might be able to prove his mother’s innocence and finally win his heart. But in the process, she could lose much more.

WHAT HE HIDES combines the girl-sleuth element of Veronica Mars with the twisty suspense of stories like Jagged Edge and Presumed Innocent. In addition to the Golden Heart, it's been a finalist in Toronto’s Catherine contest, Indiana’s Golden Opportunity, GRW’s Maggie, New Jersey’s Put Your Heart in a Book, the Sheila, and Fool for Love among other contests.


I grew up in a small, gossipy Mississippi town where my father was a county prosecutor who ran for district attorney. I went on to cover many murder cases, including the one that inspired this story, in my work as a news anchor/reporter in Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and Rhode Island.


2014 Golden Heart Finalist (previously titled Four Bullets) 

Amy DeLuca