Monday, January 28, 2019

My Thoughts: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
Two Can Keep a Secret
by Karen M. McManus
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Publication Date: January 8th 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781524714727
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus was another of my most anticipated reads for January 2019, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on it. I read One of Us is Lying back when it was first released in 2017, and I REALLY loved that story, and I was super curious to see how this new book would compare. I really enjoyed the story!

One of the things I loved most about One of Us is Lying was that the book totally kept me guessing. Like, seriously guessing, and that’s not very easy to do often, it seems. So I was definitely expecting the same from this new book. And while Two Can Keep a Secret also keep me guessing, I also guessed at the plot very early on, (and was right). That’s probably because I am naturally suspicious of EVERYONE. Haha! But that didn’t make me like the story any less. I actually loved the book, but in a different way than I did the her first book, if that makes any sense at all.

That being said, the storyline for the book was very much addictive, and I flew through the pages as quickly as I could to find out what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed the setting for the story as well, especially the small town feel of Echo Rock, and the Halloween/murder themed theme park, though you’d NEVER catch me going there in this lifetime. (And that’s because I am a BIG chicken!) But, it definitely gave the story a good creepy vibe, and I loved that.

There were SO many interesting characters in this book as well, and I enjoyed getting to know them as the story went along. A few of them managed to surprise me quite a bit, and, as I mentioned above, a few kept me guessing as well, which I loved. The story is told in alternating viewpoints, between the two main characters, Ellery and Malcom, and I found both of their stories to be completely fascinating. (Also, I LOVE when we get alternating viewpoints. I feel we get SO much more of the story this way!) And, this book has a lot of great secondary characters as well.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus! I think fans of her first book will really enjoy this second book, and if you’ve not yet checked out either of these books, I highly recommend that you do so! They are so good, and I hope that you’ll enjoy them just as much as I did.

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