Two Can Keep a Secret

Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret
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Two Can Keep a Secret

Karen M. McManus

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.  

Review

The author of the bestselling young adult mystery One of Us is Lying has come through with a new thriller that will not leave her fans disappointed.

Twins Ellery and Ezra have been sent to live with their grandmother in the small town of Echo Ridge. It’s a picturesque place where their mother grew up. It’s also the place where their aunt disappeared when she was seventeen. Greeted by a dead body on a rainy night, the twins find their first weeks in the new town are far from peaceful. There’s creepy, jarring vandalism, then a missing cheerleader. Keen on true crime, Ellery can’t help but start looking into these incidents. The book is also voiced by Malcolm; a kid whose older brother is a murder suspect.

With a small-town setting, a dead homecoming queen and a theme park formerly known as Murderland, this book has an American aesthetic that brings to mind R.L. Stine-style high-school horrors of the nineties. Rest assured though, Karen McManus delivers a quality book. She skilfully balances a page-turning plot with interesting characters not lacking in depth. This is really good, entertaining reading. There are twists galore and readers will be guessing ’til the very end. It’s everything you want from a teen mystery. For ages 13+.


Kim Gruschow is the children’s book buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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