Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus: English Review

Two Can Keep A Secret is a new story from Karen M. McManus who brought us One of us is lying, one of my favourite 2018 reads.
Vote: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



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.


The book follows Ellery, a teenage girl with a twin that moves to her grandmother’s house when her mom ends up in rehab, and Malcom, another teenager whose life changed the day a homecoming queen is found dead, 5 years before, and his brother (her boyfriend) was the only suspect.
In Echo Ridge everyone knows everything about everyone, but it seems that some secrets will never be revealed.
Ellery is determined to know more about the mysteries sorrounding the disappearance of her aunt, her mother’s twin, at seventeen and of the other girl’s murder, especially when the killer seems to be back in town.

This is an intriguing, hard to put down book. It’s an entertaining Young Adult Thriller, very different from her previous novel, One of us is lying. In this book we follow only two characters point of views and there are more mysteries that need to be solved. I have to admit that for the most part it was quite predictable, but the author made it none the less exciting and captivating.
When I read YA books like this there is always one thing that bother me: the police uselessness. Anyway in this novel the police actually does its work and I really appreciate that, it makes the book more realistic other that intricate.

I liked all the characters, it’s kind of weird in a story like this, where you can’t trust anyone, but they all grew on me, especiay Ellery, her twin brother Ezra, Malmon and his best friend Mia. They were an amazing group of people, unable to solve murders, but still a good representation of high-school students.

I predicted almost every twist in the story, but I think that was the author’s intent, she gave us clues here and there expecting us to be surprise when the entire truth was revealed. But was the ending really surprising? For me, YES! While I was reading I had my suspects and theories, I actually thought about the person that ended up to be responsible for the main crime and his/her motives more than ones, but I always dismissed him/her. The author was able to make me understand everything but then she confused me enough to bring me to false leads and make me think I was smart to solve this or that mystery before the characters. Well played Karen, well played.

If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable and page turner read I highly recommend to pick this one up!

Thank you to the editor Penguin Random House International for the free ebook. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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