TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET BY KAREN M. MCMANUS BOOK REVIEW

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Title: 
Two Can Keep A Secret

Author: Karen M. McManus

Pages: 327

Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 10th January 2019 

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

“If I believed in omens, this would be a bad one.” 

Goodreads synopsis:

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 family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

My review:

I picked this one up because I was in the mood for a thrillery/mystery novel, and also because I read One Of Us Is Lying last year by Karen M. McManus and relayed enjoyed it. I feel like Two Can Keep A Secret wasn’t as good as One Of Us Is Lying.

THINGS I LIKED:

  • I didn’t find the book to be too predictable. At least, the only thing that was pretty obvious to me was the mystery around Sarah’s death, but other than that, I was completely stumped with who the murderer was and I didn’t see a lot of the events coming.
  • It’s a fairly quick read and helped me not fall into a slump that I was slowly falling into. I think reading it quickly had more to do with me really wanting to solve the mystery asap ahah. 
  • I actually loved Ezra’s and Ellery’s sibling bond. Not sure why, but I love reading about twins (okay I love reading about siblings)
  • There were some humour interwoven with the dialogue which I enjoyed. 

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:

  • The beginning of the book was a little slow-paced, thus it was harder for me to get into the story. Though the book did pick up when all the mysteries started happening in the middle of the book
  • The switching of POVs also caused events to either be retold or foretold and it was kind of annoying. Especially if the events were foretold by one character then the POV would be switched back and that person would relive that particular event (plot?). It would sometimes confuse me
  • I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and though I enjoyed solving the mystery with them, I didn’t find myself really caring about what would happen to them. Okay, maybe with the exception of Ezra because he is a sweetheart ahah.
  • Although I did like Malcolm’s character, I found the romance to be unnecessary, like Malcolm and Ellery could have just stayed friends? 
  • I also feel like the ending was a bit rushed? I don’t know but like the resolution and conclusion of the story was squashed into the last 30ish pages and the ending felt anti-climatic. 

Overall, it was a good book, though if you plan to pick it up, I’d recommend going into Two Can Keep A Secret without any expectations. I’ve seen some readers say that their expectations were high and they were disappointed about this one. And in all honesty, I was kinda disappointed with this one since I did have high expectations since I adored One Of Us Is Lying

Let's talk

Anyhow, have you read Two Can Keep A Secret yet? If so, what did you think about it. Do you agree or disagree on any of my points? If you haven’t read it, are you planning to soon?

love-stephanie


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