Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

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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.

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I really enjoyed Karen McManus’ first novel, One of Us is Lying, so I was thrilled that I got Two Can Keep a Secret as a Christmas present! Two Can Keep a Secret was so addicting that I finished it way too quickly! I just couldn’t stop reading!

The novel goes between the perspectives of Ellery and Malcolm and I really enjoyed both of them. Ellery is new to town and is obsessed with the secrets and the mysteries of what happens to teenage girls. Malcolm is the younger brother, of one of the key suspects in one of the girl’s deaths 5 years ago. He feels that the whole town is judging him and feels a sense of unease.

I loved all the secrets that the novel held. There were 3 different girls that disappeared or died, so at times it was hard connecting who was who, but I slowly started to catch on around the midpoint.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I thought this was a really well done YA mystery with a shocking ending that I didn’t see coming. Can’t wait for more novels!

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