Blurb: Echo Ridge is reeling. This picturesque town, nestled near the Canadian border, experienced its first tragic loss in 1995 when high-school senior Sarah Corcoran vanished while walking home from the library. Then five years ago, homecoming queen Lacey Kilduff was found dead in the aptly named Murderland Halloween park. Now, the killer claims to be back. A small town that keeps losing its homecoming queens. Two murders, still unsolved. Echo Ridge is not a good place to be popular.
Title: Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen McManus
Publisher: Penguin Books, part of Penguin Random House
Genre: Fiction, YA, Mystery, Thriller
In a small town, people notice when the Homecoming Queen goes missing. They really pay attention when it happens twice. So when a third girl goes missing on the same anniversary, the two new kids in town decide that they’ll be the ones to get to the bottom of it.
I’m a big fan of Karen McManus so picking up this book was a no brainer! While this book doesn’t have the angle of being a re-telling (like One of Us is Lying is based on The Breakfast Club), it still shares the best parts of McManus’ other books. The characters are well written, the plot is interesting, there’s twists and turns galore and the whole whodunnit aspect has obviously been planned out extensively. This story really kept me guessing as to what had really happened to all of the Homecoming Queens as we’re fed little pieces of information regularly which constantly had me changing my mind about who I thought the murderer was. Because of this, the pacing was brilliant, keeping me invested even when my hunches turned out to be wrong. In regards to characters, Ellery in particular was a stand out for me. She’s incredibly brave and clever, taking risks when others prefer not to, and has a huge interest in true crime (like me!). She’s exactly what I hope I’d be like if I was in her place – taking on the responsibility of getting to the bottom of a crime, especially one that involved my family, when no one else seems to want to delve too deep.
As for what I disliked, there really wasn’t much. I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as One of Us is Lying (but that’s me being picky!) but still think that it’s a brilliant read. I’m a big fan of murder mysteries and thrillers making their way into YA and Karen McManus is most definitely one of my favourites.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s loving this trend of YA murder mysteries and enjoyed McManus’ other books. If you’re a fan of Sophie McKenzie or Chelsea Pitcher, this book is definitely for you!
Have you read this book? Or maybe you’ve read something similar? What did you think? I’d love to know!