This YA Thriller will take you on a ride between the past and the present! Are these two cases connected? Read Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus to find out!
Thank you Rockstar Book Tours for letting me participate in this review tour!
About the Book:
Title: TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET
Author: Karen McManus
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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.
“We’re two sides of the same coin. Both of us are stuck in one of Echo Ridge’s unsolved mysteries, except her family lost a victim and mine has a suspect…”
Ellory and Ezra have moved in with her grandma while her mom goes to rehab. She doesn’t know what to think of the small town where everyone stares. Her aunts disappearance before the twins were born has kept them away but now she’s here and although her mother and grandmother don’t talk about what happened all those years ago Ellory is determined to find out the truth. She lives for true crime novels and now that there’s been a murder since her aunts disappearance Ellory is even more determined to follow the clues. With the help of her new friends, including the boy whose family has been caught up in it all Ellory finds herself getting close to finding the answers she has wanted for so many years. As a true crime fan myself I totally related to Ellory’s strong need to find the truth!
Malcolm’s mother has recently remarried but not even the marriage will keep people from talking about his older brother who was accused of murdering his girlfriend five years ago. Now that there’s been another disappearance Malcolm starts to understand exactly what his brother went through when everyone in town finds out he was the last person to see the missing girl. Malcolm is such a sweet character and I really liked that despite the criticism he is getting from those around him he doesn’t give up on helping Ellory find out what really happened.
Malcolm’s character was a really good balance to Ellory’s and I thought that having these two different points of view, the victim and the suspect, really contributed well to the mystery.
This thriller was so good and the twists at the end will surprise you! I enjoyed every minute of it and can’t wait to get more from Karen in the future!
As a kid I used to write books when I was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. I’m a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.
When not writing or working I love to travel, and along with my nine-year old son I’ve ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which I have never, ever used professionally.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET, US Only.
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