Two Can Keep a Secret – Published 2019
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
The story is told in varying perspectives between Malcom, whose brother is a suspect for a previous crime, and Ellery, whose aunt went missing years ago. Ellery and her brother have no choice but to go live with their grandmother in the town that has been haunted by Homecoming murders and abductions. Malcom can’t seem to escape his brother’s reputation. It was interesting to get two very different perspectives on what is happening in town and what has happened previously.
Ellery is obsessed with mystery, murder, and true crime stories. So, naturally, she’s intrigued by this town she moves to and its past. She sets out to try to solve the town’s current mysteries, especially since she has become a target, despite being new to town. What I really appreciate about this book, and its crime-obsessed teenager, is that it’s more realistic than the detective work Monica does in The Cheerleaders. I can appreciate the police putting Ellery in her place and catching her when she is getting herself in too deep. Also, Ellery is a twin, and I love stories with twins in them.
McManus, author of One of Us is Lying, has a way of shocking her audience. A lot of what happened in this book I did not see coming. I read it right after The Cheerleaders, so I had some strange dreams for a few nights! I didn’t like it quite as much as OOUISL, but it was good. Definitely worth the read.
I loved the real life references it makes and makes fun of. Two can keep a secret…if one is dead. Isn’t that a line from the Pretty Little Liars song? Making fun of a soapy TV show from the past, and referencing mean Girls. I love it!
A lot of times parents in YA books are just conveniently out of the picture. Ellery & Ezra’s mom is in rehab and sneaks opportunities to Facetime them. It made sense why she was gone and they were suddenly placed in another town.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
I don’t think this book needed romance. It had some, and it seemed unnecessary. There’s actual murder happening…keep your priorities in order.
While the main characters had some diversity, a small town with a ton of blonde hair, blue-eyed popular kids was a little cliche to me.
Give me more to worry about. More suspense and thrill.
I mean, why not? It was good.