Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Author: Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Date of publication: January 2019

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Two Can Keep a Secret was on my most anticipated list for 2019.   This story involves twins who move in with their grandmother while their mother is in rehab.  They end up getting involved in  solving the mystery of who killed their aunt and who is stalking the current homecoming queen nominees.

While I didn't love this one as much as One of Us is Lying, I did really enjoy the book.  I thought the mysteries were really good and definitely didn't call the reveal.  The last sentence brought the book up a notch. What a great way to end the book!  It  felt like a good old fashioned teen murder mystery.  I found the main characters interesting and ones I could care about. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Ellery and her twin Ezra. The story is told through Ellery and Malcolm's point of view.  Malcolm's brother is suspected in the murder of one of the homecoming queens a couple of years before.  

My only really complaint is that it felt like there were too many characters at times.  I did have a hard time keeping track of them and what generation they fell into.  When you read it, that will make more sense.  I do definitely recommend this one.  I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. McManus comes out with next!

1 comment:

Jessica Elizabeth said...

Great review! I am sooo excited to read this one.