Review: Two Can Keep a Secret

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 as good as McManus’s first book, One of Us is Lying. Scratch that, it was even better! Once again she told the story through the perspectives of the main characters, Ellery and Malcolm, and in a suspenseful way that kept me guessing right until the end! Only this time, I didn’t figure out who the killer was early on in the book.

I loved the mystery of trying to connect the missing homecoming queens with Ellery and Ezra’s aunt who went missing years ago. Just as well, I loved the setting (I absolutely LOVE Vermont!) and I really think that Ezra and Mia need their own book now. They were just two amazing, outspoken characters that didn’t get enough page-time.

Overall, this is another great young-adult mystery/thriller for anyone who loves the genre!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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