Two Can Keep a Secretby Published 08 Jan 2019
|Two Can Keep a Secret.pdf|
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 Reviews
Can confirm that this book does, in fact, exist.
3.5 Stars! This was a fair and enjoyable read.I have no intentions of picking up One Of Us Is Lying, but I decided to give Two Can Keep A Secret a chance. It was not the most notable young adult thriller on the market, but I enjoyed my time reading.
CW: murder, grief, talk of substance abuse, statutory rape
If any other readers happen to be confused if they must read Karen M. McManus’s first novel to understand her second (as I initially was), you don’t! They’re totally separate stories. As I have not read One Of Us Is Lying, I can’t exactly compare the two. Based off of reviews, what I can say is that Two Can Keep A Secret seems to have made great improvements in terms of representation. I was surprised to find out the main twins are latinx (one of them being gay) and there are two Asian side characters (one being bisexual). I can’t say for sure, but it seems as if the author made deliberate improvements in creating characters free from stereotypes and I was pleased to see this inclusion.
I did enjoy the writing of this book. It’s not super flowery or dense and was easy to devour. One issue I did pick up on is the novel was VERY repetitive. I feel like every chapter, we were given a recap on what had happened in the past and how it ties into what is going on in the present. I just did not need a constant summary of the girls who had gone missing in past years and it did weigh down the book at times.
The characters were fine, but nothing special. I actually think each person would have benefitted from more development, as I can’t say much about them beyond their role in the story. The mystery was alright, but the majority of the novel didn’t WOW me. I was shocked by the final reveal, which is a plus because I’ve been fairly underwhelmed with some of the thrillers I have read recently. The END END of the novel was also super unexpected. It left a lasting, chilling impression I was not prepared for.
Two Can Keep A Secret isn’t at the top of my favorites list and there are distinct problems I had with it, but I overall really enjoyed my time reading this book and am definitely happy I spent my time on it. If you’re looking for the most amazing thriller to ever grace bookshelves, this ain’t it. But if you just want a simple mystery thriller to have fun with, I think it’s worth the read.
4 I Didn't See That Coming Stars
Ellery and her twin brother arrive at their mother's hometown of Echo Ridge in a hail storm to discover a body on the road - a local high school teacher victim of a hit and run. That welcome was merely the beginning. The twins quickly find their new home is seeped in secrets, disappearing girls and murder. It all began with the disappearance of their mother's twin sister on Homecoming Night. Her disappearance may have remained unsolved but its effects ran deep both within their family and the community at large.
Fast forward 5 years and another Homecoming Queen, Lacey goes missing and ends up dead. Now, the twins find themselves in the middle of yet another mystery when the town in besieged with bloody messages, broken dolls and other ominous threats to members of the current Homecoming Court. Are all these events related? What evil lurks in Echo Ridge?
I was a huge fan of McManus' first book, One of Us is Lying so I had high expectations for her second novel. While I found this one engaging I definitely wasn't as blown away as I was with the first book. Still, it was a fun read. Echo Ridge and its inhabitants were interesting, creepy and felt like a guilty pleasure to read about. It seems like everyone had some skeletons hidden in their closet which added to the whodunnit aspect. I kept going round and round, changing my mind on who the "bad guy" was and speculating on their motive. I was a bit underwhelmed by the reveal but I think I just wanted/expected a bit more after One of Us is Lying. My mind had certainly come up with a few outlandish theories that I was hoping would be correct!
All in all, a strong sophomore effort by Karen McManus. I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with. Keep it BIG Karen - you know how to do that well!
All of Fright Farm's success is based on how much people love to be scared in a controlled environment. There's something deeply satisfying about confronting a monster and escaping unscathed. Real monsters aren't anything like that. They don't let go."
I did enjoy Karen McManus' second novel, but it didn't blow me away as much as One of Us is Lying did.
Ellery and Ezra have moved to their mother's home town of Echo Ridge with their grandmother, while their mum is in rehab. Echo Ridge is famous for its Homecoming Queen murder. Lacey, a few years older than the twins was murdered in the fair ground then known as Murderland before it changed its name.
Before that, when their mother was in school, her twin sister disappeared, but was never found.
Now it seems the Murderland Killer is back. There is graffiti everywhere with threats; who is behind them and why? And when another girl going missing - things are looking grim.
When Ellery is one of the targeted homecoming Queens, tensions are high. I liked that the plot kept me guessing, and that we had no idea who could have been behind it. I was pleased with the final reveal. The only part I didn't like much was [spoilers removed]
Overall, entertaining enough. Just not enough lovable characters as One of Us is Lying, and a few loose ends I felt needed tying up, just not as polished I thought.
"If I believed in omens, this would be a bad one."
This is a difficult review to write, as I was so taken with McManus's debut last year, but as an adult reader I didn't feel her sophomore effort lived up to the hype I had created in my head. Obviously this is no one's fault but my own, and as a novel for YA readers I think it will be well received as it still gives off a similar vibe as One Of Us Is Lying, although I found this one to be much slower paced and less twisty than her previous work. Personally, this was more of a 2-2.5 star read, but I feel the YA audience will feel this is an overall positive experience and the final twist in the last line of the book will blow a good number of readers out of the water.
Beyond thrilled to announce that this is our #ScaredSuspenseBookClub pick for January 2019! If you'd like to join in with our discussions, please follow our new account over on Instagram, @scaredsuspensebookclub. <3