Two Can Keep a Secret
Ellery'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 f...more
I can't believe I'm saying this but I think Colleen Hoover's Verity put me in a permanent slump and now I guess I can't enjoy thrillers anymore unless they were written by her!
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. ...more
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 hav ...more
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 ...more
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 bot ...more
➸ I really care ...more
With Two Can Keep a Secret , her follow-up to the excellent One of Us is Lying (see my review), Karen M. McManus proves she's not a flash-in-the-pan talent, but rather a pretty terrific storyteller, one who is tremendously skilled at depicting the complex behaviors of teenagers, and the mysteries that unfold in front of our eyes.
Ellery and her twin brother Ezra have to leave their California home and move to Echo Ridge, a small town in Vermont, and live with their maternal grandmoth ...more
I did enjoy Karen McManus' second novel, but it didn't blow me away as much as One of Us is Lying did.
Ellery and Ezra have moved to their mother's home town of Echo Ridge with their grandmother, while their mum is in rehab. Echo Ridge is fam ...more
Also: while I loved Ellery ...more
Every single time I read the title of this book I had the PLL theme song running through my head.
Gotta say, McManus's sophmore novel knocked it out of the park! She is a officially an author I will be revisiting again and again in the future. If only she would write faster......
TCKAS is about twins Ellery and Ezra who move in with their grandmother after their mother goes into a care facility. Before they were born, their aunt had gone missing, about 5-6 years before another girl went ...more
This is a YA thriller/mystery that takes place in the small town of Echo Ridge. The narrator is Ellery, a high schooler who recently moved with her twin brother into their grandmother's house while their mom attends a rehab center for a few months.
Right from the start there's trouble, as Ellery and her brother M ...more
Would definitely read from McManus again.
I expect these books to be cheesy – but this one was maybe too cheesy.
The dialogue and the characters once again reminded me of a CW TV show. The blurb on the book does mention Riverdale and during the book one of the characters even mentions all the male actors on the CW. I think all of this combined felt like, “Look at me! I a ...more
This may come as a slight surprise to some folks who already know that I DNFed McManus' previous book, One of Us Is Lying, but I'm going to give this one a rating of 4 stars.
All three of them look like the kind of teenagers you'd find on a CW show—too beautiful to read.
Literally, this whole quote encompasses everything I feel about this book. Think Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and even The Vampire Diaries. What do they have all in common? Pretty people in th ...more
i.e. Two alive people could never keep a secret
Another absolutely fantastic book by the author of "One of Us is Lying"!
This is another book that confirms the truthfulness of the following rule: “NEVER start a new book, when you go to bed". You may not get any sleep. If it is a mystery book highly anticipated to read, you know that you will love it and you most probably stay up all night trying to solve the mystery and find who is the murderer before the las ...more
Last Christmas, I read One Of Us Is Lying and I really enjoyed it, so I was very excited about getting an ARC of this book and thus being able to spend another Christmas reading one of Karen M. McManus's novels.
Just like Karen's first book, Two Can Keep a Secret was a very quick read and I really enjoyed it. I'm still absolutely in love with her writing style because she jus ...more
“You know what they say. When in Murderland . . .”
After practically crapping my pants over One Of Us Is Lying, I wanted this in my life as soon as I saw it on NetGalley . . . and was immediately denied my request, naturally. Luckily, I have the most awesome of libraries to provide a hook-up.
Two Can Keep A Secret is told from Ellery’s perspective. She and her twin brother Ezra have been relocated to their Granny’s house after their m ...more
Ellery and her twin brother, Ezra, are sent to stay with their grandmother, in Echo Ridge, while their mom is in rehab for treatment. Ellery is curious about this town that their mother hardly speaks about. The town where her own twin sister ...more
I also enjoyed reading Two Can Keep A Secret. I think McManus is a very good writer. She builds suspense very well and makes you read the book without being able to put it down.
However, this book was not flawless for me.
First of all, there was an obvious cue to the killer. Second, the simplicity of the first book was not in this one. I think she wanted to create a more complicat ...more
If you love mysteries, and you enjoy contemporary YA novels - this book is the right one for you. It had everything I liked about this genre. Lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing from beginning to end. Some YA drama and many likable characters. And a wonderful crisp and vibrant writing style.
Two Can Keep a Secret was told through both Ellery and Malcolm's POV.
Both characters wer ...more
If you loved Karen McManus' debut novel One of Us is Lying, like my obsessed self did, please go into this story with an open mind, or else you'll end up disappointing yourself like me at this very moment. The story takes place in a small Vermont town called Echo Ridge. Echo Ridge is very reminiscent of Riverdale, fro ...more
Echo Ridge is a small town marred by tragedy.
1996 – High school senior Sarah Corcoran vanished while walking home from the library. She was never seen again.
2014 – Homecoming queen Lacey Kilduff, was found dead beneath the Ferris Wheel of the appropriately named Murderland Halloween Park. Her Killer was never caught.
2019 – Someone is targeting the girls elected to homecoming court – leaving threatening messages in publ ...more
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Karen M. McManus is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling young adult novels One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret. Her work has been translated into 39 languages worldwide. ...more