Book Review – Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus

two can keep a secretEllery’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.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

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I loved this thriller! Sadly I had a whole review written which goodreads apparently ate 😭 so I’m going to try and remember all the reasons why…

I loved Ellery – her relationship with Ezra (and how he supported her yay!), her obsession with true crime, and the way she isn’t sure who to trust. I also like that she isn’t outright distrustful, and that it comes across why she struggles to trust people. She wants to, she just struggles with it. I really liked that detail.

She’s also a great main character, and I really connected with her. Her need to know what happened and her belief that it will improve her life was infectious.

Malcolm was a little harder to connect to – you sort of see that with his brother too – he doesn’t connect easily to the other people in the book either. He’s also not a great main character in that he’s definitely not convinced that he wants to know. I get that without him, we would have some really useful information, but I didn’t feel he quite added enough to the story. But honestly? That’s my only niggle.

The mystery was great too – I only figured it out right before the characters did! And I loved the police involvement here too. I won’t say why cause it heads towards spoilers, but it’s great to see what we learn about them at the end. Plus Ellery’s interaction with one of them is really fun.

I also love that the town has a scary theme park! So creepy and random! 😂

This is definitely worth the 4.5 stars I’m giving it and is definitely waving the flag for YA mysteries and thrillers. More mysteries please!

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