Sunday, February 20, 2022

REVIEW: Two Can Keep a Secret (e-book) by Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret is a YA mystery/thriller. I checked it out via OverDrive.


When their mother ends up in rehab, Ellery and her twin brother, Ezra, head off to the small town of Echo Ridge to live with their grandmother, who they barely know anything about. On their way to her house, they discover the body of a beloved local teacher, apparently killed in a hit-and-run accident.

This isn't Echo Ridge's first time dealing with tragedy. When Ellery and Ezra's mother was 17, her twin sister disappeared. A few years ago, a homecoming queen was murdered. Now this teacher is dead, and there are signs that someone's out to kill another homecoming queen.

This alternates between two POVs, Ellery's and Malcolm's. Malcolm's older brother was the boyfriend of the homecoming queen who was murdered, and the prime suspect at the time. The killer's possible reappearance puts the spotlight back on Malcolm and his older brother. Ellery, meanwhile, is a true crime fanatic whose obsession with murder is rooted in her curiosity about her mother's missing twin, who her mother refuses to talk about. 

I don't really have a lot to say about this book. Overall, I do think that McManus' One of Us Is Lying was better - the premise was more solid and intriguing, whereas this book was messier. However, Two Can Keep a Secret's characters worked better for me. True, there was no one as great as One of Us Is Lying's Addy, but there was also no one who really irked me. Malcolm and Ellery were attracted to each other, because of course they were, but I don't recall them being too annoying about it.

The ending was a bit unsatisfying, but the last line was chilling enough to almost make up for it.

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