Two Can Keep a Secret – Karen M McManus

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 has 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. –


I really wanted to enjoy this but I didn’t feel the reveal made much sense, or the way it wrapped up. Not to be too spoilery, but would have been more appealing to me if it stayed within a certain set of characters. What’s that saying about how the reader should have some idea of the reveal because it means you’ve set up the plot right? That.

It took three goes for me to get into this book, the intertwining relationships were almost a little too convoluted, everyone was involved with everyone else, which I get happens in a small down, but it does make it difficult to keep track. Sometimes less is best!

I don’t like writing negative reviews, and this novel did have some nice points, a little LGBT+ rep which was kind of nice. I think I will give this author one more go before I decide whether or not I like their stories because I loved their previous novel One of Us is Lying. I actually had no idea this was the same author until I looked them up!

If you’ve read this novel, I’d love to know what you thought!

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