Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. Mcmanus

Book Review #221

Title: Two Can Keep A Secret

Author: Karen M. Mcmanus

Publisher: Penguin UK

Genres: YA, Mystery, Contemporary

Format: ARC (Times Reads)

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Pages: 336

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.

Reading this book is like watching an intriguing movie or an episode from a tv show. I just couldn’t stop reading because it was just that good. The suspense, the characters, the plot and basically everything about this book was incredible. I was too eager to find out who the killer is that I had to totally shut down reality and just focus on this book.

I haven’t read One Of Us Lying and I’m not sure if it relates with this book but I think that if I read that book first, I might have a better grip with the plot but I could understand completely reading it as a standalone.

I always enjoy when a book has twins, I don’t know but I just do (Is that weird?) especially for this one that one of the pov is one. I, for a moment, thought that Ellery might have got it all figured out with her crime-obsessed mind but little did she know that there is so much more than she has figured out. Seriously, you just have to read it to know. They kept throwing suspects one after another but the one who ends up being the killer is someone I wouldn’t have expected until the characters in the book, Ellery and Malcolm discussed about it. It literally blew me away because I didn’t have the slightest idea who the killer might be.

I didn’t expect to like a mystery book with a serial killer to be so fun. Sure, I was on the edge of my seat most of the time but finally knowing answers and how the story concludes is so satisfying and such a relief. It felt like I too went through so much along with the characters as they figured it all out.



  1. I was doing a little dance in my seat, because I am so excited by your very positive review. I adore McManus’ debut, and am really looking forward to reading more of her work. Yeah for suspense, red herrings, and twins.

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