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Two Can Keep a Secret

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4.028,858 votes • 1,952 reviews
Published 08 Jan 2019
Two Can Keep a Secret.pdf
Format Hardcover
Pages336
Edition25
Publisher Delacorte Press
ISBN 1524714720
ISBN139781524714727
Languageeng



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

Karen
- The United States
0
Tue, 17 Apr 2018

Can confirm that this book does, in fact, exist.

Chelsea
3
Fri, 22 Jun 2018

"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.
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Emma
- The United States
3
Sat, 09 Feb 2019

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.

jessica
- London, UK, The United Kingdom
4
Sun, 13 Jan 2019

the saying goes that ‘two can keep a secret if one of them is dead,’ but what isnt mentioned is that secrets like to be shared. its in their very nature and karen mcmanus definitely understands that. this book is full of secrets just dying to get out!
and whilst i didnt think this was quite as good as ‘one of us is lying,’ it definitely does not feel like a sophomore slump of a novel. its fast-paced, clever, and downright mysterious. i actually didnt find this to be predicable, which is the case with most YA thrillers, so that was exciting for me. i enjoyed how my opinion of everyone and everything constantly changed as the story progressed, and i think thats a sign of good storytelling.
and really, the only issue i have is with some particular writing style choices that made the story feel a bit disjointed. for example, a chapter ends right in the middle of a scene/situation. the reader is then told what occurs next through little introspective flashbacks via a main character in the next chapter, which happens to begin halfway through the day after said scene/situation. this happens consistently - its just a weird way of telling a story to me and not really beneficial in any way. i feel like a much more consecutive storytelling method would have been more effective.
regardless of my nit-picking, i really did enjoy the book. its entertaining, discreet, and everything i would expect from KM. if you enjoyed ‘one of us is lying,’ then you really need to pick this up ASAP!
3.5 stars

(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
4
Fri, 22 Jun 2018

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!

C.G.
- Australia
4
Tue, 22 Jan 2019

Ok so this was EXCELLENT and exactly what I want a thriller to be! Usually I'm tentative about thrillers and One of Us Is Lying, while I admire it for being super-famous, it didn't click so much for me. However this one?! Miiiiine. It had the small town vibes, an autumn-y Halloween aesthetic, siblings dynamics, took time to develop the characters, and it had muuuuurder. Obviously. It is literally a murder mystery. But someone must be Captain McObvious here and I volunteer.
anyway.
➸ I really cared about the characters!
That's what I want out of a book, ok!? Make me CARE. (Which is hard with my stone cold little rock of a heart.) But the book balanced developing the twisty murder mystery AND developing both the narrators (Ellery and Malcolm) into dimensional and complex humans who need a hug several times during the course of the book. Or two hugs, in Malcolm's case. Kid had it rough.
Ellery: So she just moved to Echo Ridge (while her mum is in rehab) and she and her twin brother, Ezra, are staying with their estranged grandma. Ellery has a bushel of curly hair, possibly Latinx complexion (unsure of her dad), and a deep love of murder mysteries. Her brother is the chill sweetheart who frequently has to say things like: "NO MURDER BEFORE BREAKFAST ELLERY." And I loved them so much. (I wish Ezra had been more developed though. He's queer, but he's just a sliver of the storyline so.)
Malcolm: Ok so his older brother is the aggressive angry jock dude, who was heavily suspected in his girlfriend's murder several years ago. Never arrested though. But Malcolm lives in that shadow, despite his mum having remarried this rich flashy lawyer and now Malcolm's actual step-sister is like the QUEEN BEE of highschool. But anyway. Malcolm is a little nerdy and dorky and Soft™. I absolutely adore how his relationship with Ellery was really slowburn, despite the shortness of the book.
I lowkey suspected him of murder at one point but like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I SUSPECTED EVERYONE. SUREFIRE WAY TO BE RIGHT AT THE END.
➸ The plot had me super invested.
I think because I cared about the characters so easily? But I wanted to know if these string of missing-girls was connected. It reminded me of Sadie a bit, when they called out how missing girls need to be taken seriously, not just called a statistic. It's twisty and there's lots of theories with Ellery playing detective (but she's not obnoxious about it). I called one of the twists about her mother's past! I'M PRACTICALLY SHERLOCK. Nevermind that I was lmao so wrong about the murderer. Anyway.
I do confess the amount of characters had me afloat down a river with just a paddle-pop stick to cling to.
There were so. many. names. I forget my own name frequently and have been known to collectively refer to my nephews as Frank because *waves vaguely* too many. help me. Occasionally they'd throw in a name and I'd be like: WHO. But otherwise, I did ok! I think! Especially when everyone had like super common names (LIZ, SARAH, MIA, DAISY, BROOKE, OH GOD).
➸ It was really satisfying.
I just enjoyed myself ok?! I had a thoroughly good time reading this and ok ok it wasn't the wildest mystery every. My heart didn't bust out of my chest. But it felt like a sinister contemporary, full of autumn leaves and family secrets, with a background of murderrrr. Perfect for me.

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