Two Can Keep A Secret… If One is Dead

Last week, I found out that Mx Karen wrote a sequel to One of Us is Lying, a Young Adult Mystery novel that I loved and read back in 2018.

Needless to say, I was excited. But after having read the book, all I felt was extreme disappointment. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. And for the most part, it was really just corny and boring.

But I wanted to give the author another chance (like I’m some kind of New York Times Bestseller review panelist… psshh). So I picked up another one of her books, Two Can Keep A Secret.

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.

I didn’t have any expectations going into this. I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis and other reviews of the book. I wanted to read this with no other knowledge than it being a Young Adult Mystery novel.

For the first few chapters, things were a little slow. Sure, there were questions but the need to know the answers feeling is something that wasn’t too heavy on me just yet.

And I think for Mystery books, that’s a pretty important feeling to have, even in the beginning. It’s what keeps you hooked. It’s what pushes you to read through and finish the damn thing. What the hell happened? Who killed who? Who kidnapped who? Who the fuck was involved??

I think…. now that I’m really thinking about it. Maybe this doesn’t warrant 5 stars after all (I’m gonna change that Goodreads rating a little later).

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good book. The whole mystery was something. All the secrets were actually juicy that you really do just want to know what they all are. But I guess, it just wasn’t enough.

I will tell you, though, that the whole reveal and the ending (mostly the ending) is what made me think then that this was worthy of 5 stars.

The reveal wasn’t as grand as I hoped it would be. But… but I actually wasn’t expecting it. A lot of the Mystery novels that I’ve read in the past, I was able to catch on and figure out the whole thing before it was even revealed. But this one, I really had no idea.

The ending, though, oh that fucking ending. It gave me literal chills up and down my spine. And every time I think about the last line (please, if you’re like me from 5 years ago, don’t read the last page of the book just yet because it’s one of the best parts), it still gives me the same chills.

I guess what I’m saying is (after all this rambling), it’s not a book that I would recommend but it’s not half bad either.

If you want to read something that would get your mind off of the chaos that’s happening around the world today, then sure, go ahead with this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Mystery Week Book #1: Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus. (Not sure if I can actually manage to post a book review for the rest of the week but here’s to hoping.)

It’s Mystery Week on Goodreads (an information that I did not know until after I’ve finished writing this post). Go check it out for more Mystery novels.

Check out my 2020 Reading Challenge — a growing list of books that I read this year.

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