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Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.


I’ve been really into thriller books lately, I’ve been reading way more than usual.

I adored One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, and I adored this one just as much.

I was immersed right from the very first page, I think that was because there was contemporary feel to the story, and I do love me some contemporary YA!

From the moment Ellery and her brother Ezra arrive in Echo Ridge things start to happen. There are already a lot of mysteries within the town.

The book was full of turns and twists and honestly I couldn’t figure out who the killer was, which I am usually very good at, but there were so many different explanations going around in my mind that I thought could be plausible, the ending did surprise me a lot, I wasn’t expecting it at all.

I thought that the characters were really likeable. The POV changes back and forth between Ellery who just moved to Echo Ridge and Malcolm who’s lived there all his life.

Ellery and Malcom form relationship over what Echo Ridge has taken from them. I also really enjoy the relationship between the Ellery and Ezra, Maybe it’s because they’re twins, but I just didn’t find it to be the usual love/hate sibling relationship we normally see in YA. 

The romance throughout was well incorporated into the story, it wasn’t the main thing going on, it was cute and subtle.

The writing was excellent, the plot was so well thought out and read really well.

I can’t say too much about the book without giving too much away. Just know that the town of Echo Ridge has some issues and that I wouldn’t want to move there anytime soon. 

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