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.Two Can Keep a Secret, or on Twitter, where I m writerkmc Karen M McManus is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling young adult novels One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret Her work has been translated into 40 languages worldwide Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels For information, visit

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  • Hardcover
  • 329 pages
  • Two Can Keep a Secret
  • Karen M. McManus
  • English
  • 11 February 2018
  • 9781524714727

10 thoughts on “Two Can Keep a Secret

  1. says:

    What d I do today Oh you know, just isolated myself and sat on my bed staring sulkily at the wall because existing in general is unbearable when one of your most anticipated releases disappoints you I can t believe I m saying this but I think Colleen Hoover s Verity put me in a permanent slump and now I guess I can t enjoy thrillers any unless they were written by her

  2. says:

    Can confirm that this book does, in fact, exist.

  3. says:

    If I believed in omens, this would be a bad one This is a difficult review to write, as I was so taken with McManus s debut last year, but as an adult reader I didn t feel her sopho effort lived up to the hype I had created in my head Obviously this is no one s fault but my own, and as a novel for YA readers I think it will be well received as it still gives off a similar vibe as One Of Us Is Lying, although I found this one to be much slower paced and less twisty than her previous work Personally, this was of a 2 2.5 star read, but I feel the YA audience will feel this is an overall positive experience and the final twist in the last line of the book will blow a good number of readers out of the water Beyond thrilled to announce that this is our ScaredSuspenseBookClub pick for January 2019 If you d like to join in with our discussions, please follow our new account over on Instagram, scaredsuspensebookclub 3

  4. says:

    This was a mediocre YA mystery No real complaints about it but I can t say it kept me on my toes or that I didn t see the twists coming.I listened to it as an audiobook which probably helped.The only thing is that the main character is called Ellery and that sounds exactly like Hellery what I ve been calling celery because I hate it with a passion Not sure how I feel about that.

  5. says:

    THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD OMG My review would just be endless fangirling, so I ll keep it short and say that Karen McManus is a plot twist genius and you must read this one.

  6. says:

    3.5 Stars This was a fair and enjoyable read.I have no intentions of picking up One Of Us Is Lying, but I decided to give Two Can Keep A Secret a chance It was not the most notable young adult thriller on the market, but I enjoyed my time reading CW murder, grief, talk of substance abuse, statutory rapeIf any other readers happen to be confused if they must read Karen M McManus s first novel to understand her second as I initially was , you don t They re totally separate stories As I have not read One Of Us Is Lying, I can t exactly compare the two Based off of reviews, what I can say is that Two Can Keep A Secret seems to have made great improvements in terms of representation I was surprised to find out the main twins are latinx one of them being gay and there are two Asian side characters one being bisexual I can t say for sure, but it seems as if the author made deliberate improvements in creating characters free from stereotypes and I was pleased to see this inclusion.I did enjoy the writing of this book It s not super flowery or dense and was easy to devour One issue I did pick up on is the novel was VERY repetitive I feel like every chapter, we were given a recap on what had happened in the past and how it ties into what is going on in the present I just did not need a constant summary of the girls who had gone missing in past years and it did weigh down the book at times.The characters were fine, but nothing special I actually think each person would have benefitted from development, as I can t say much about them beyond their role in the story The mystery was alright, but the majority of the novel didn t WOW me I was shocked by the final reveal, which is a plus because I ve been fairly underwhelmed with some of the thrillers I have read recently The END END of the novel was also super unexpected It left a lasting, chilling impression I was not prepared for Two Can Keep A Secret isn t at the top of my favorites list and there are distinct problems I had with it, but I overall really enjoyed my time reading this book and am definitely happy I spent my time on it If you re looking for the most amazing thriller to ever grace bookshelves, this ain t it But if you just want a simple mystery thriller to have fun with, I think it s worth the read.

  7. says:

    the saying goes that two can keep a secret if one of them is dead, but what isnt mentioned is that secrets like to be shared its in their very nature and karen mcmanus definitely understands that this book is full of secrets just dying to get out and whilst i didnt think this was quite as good as one of us is lying, it definitely does not feel like a sopho slump of a novel its fast paced, clever, and downright mysterious i actually didnt find this to be predicable, which is the case with most YA thrillers, so that was exciting for me i enjoyed how my opinion of everyone and everything constantly changed as the story progressed, and i think thats a sign of good storytelling and really, the only issue i have is with some particular writing style choices that made the story feel a bit disjointed for example, a chapter ends right in the middle of a scene situation the reader is then told what occurs next through little introspective flashbacks via a main character in the next chapter, which happens to begin halfway through the day after said scene situation this happens consistently its just a weird way of telling a story to me and not really beneficial in any way i feel like a much consecutive storytelling method would have been effective.regardless of my nit picking, i really did enjoy the book its entertaining, discreet, and everything i would expect from KM if you enjoyed one of us is lying, then you really need to pick this up ASAP 3.5 stars

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    4 I Didn t See That Coming StarsEllery and her twin brother arrive at their mother s hometown of Echo Ridge in a hail storm to discover a body on the road a local high school teacher victim of a hit and run That welcome was merely the beginning The twins quickly find their new home is seeped in secrets, disappearing girls and murder It all began with the disappearance of their mother s twin sister on Homecoming Night Her disappearance may have remained unsolved but its effects ran deep both within their family and the community at large Fast forward 5 years and another Homecoming Queen, Lacey goes missing and ends up dead Now, the twins find themselves in the middle of yet another mystery when the town in besieged with bloody messages, broken dolls and other ominous threats to members of the current Homecoming Court Are all these events related What evil lurks in Echo Ridge I was a huge fan of McManus first book, One of Us is Lying so I had high expectations for her second novel While I found this one engaging I definitely wasn t as blown away as I was with the first book Still, it was a fun read Echo Ridge and its inhabitants were interesting, creepy and felt like a guilty pleasure to read about It seems like everyone had some skeletons hidden in their closet which added to the whodunnit aspect I kept going round and round, changing my mind on who the bad guy was and speculating on their motive I was a bit underwhelmed by the reveal but I think I just wanted expected a bit after One of Us is Lying My mind had certainly come up with a few outlandish theories that I was hoping would be correct All in all, a strong sopho effort by Karen McManus I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with Keep it BIG Karen you know how to do that well

  9. says:

    Ok so this was EXCELLENT and exactly what I want a thriller to be Usually I m tentative about thrillers and One of Us Is Lying, while I admire it for being super famous, it didn t click so much for me However this one Miiiiine It had the small town vibes, an autumn y Halloween aesthetic, siblings dynamics, took time to develop the characters, and it had muuuuurder Obviously It is literally a murder mystery But someone must be Captain McObvious here and I volunteer.anyway I really cared about the characters That s what I want out of a book, ok Make me CARE Which is hard with my stone cold little rock of a heart But the book balanced developing the twisty murder mystery AND developing both the narrators Ellery and Malcolm into dimensional and complex humans who need a hug several times during the course of the book Or two hugs, in Malcolm s case Kid had it rough Ellery So she just moved to Echo Ridge while her mum is in rehab and she and her twin brother, Ezra, are staying with their estranged grandma Ellery has a bushel of curly hair, possibly Latinx complexion unsure of her dad , and a deep love of murder mysteries Her brother is the chill sweetheart who frequently has to say things like NO MURDER BEFORE BREAKFAST ELLERY And I loved them so much I wish Ezra had been developed though He s queer, but he s just a sliver of the storyline so Malcolm Ok so his older brother is the aggressive angry jock dude, who was heavily suspected in his girlfriend s murder several years ago Never arrested though But Malcolm lives in that shadow, despite his mum having remarried this rich flashy lawyer and now Malcolm s actual step sister is like the QUEEN BEE of highschool But anyway Malcolm is a little nerdy and dorky and Soft I absolutely adore how his relationship with Ellery was really slowburn, despite the shortness of the book I lowkey suspected him of murder at one point but like _ _ I SUSPECTED EVERYONE SUREFIRE WAY TO BE RIGHT AT THE END The plot had me super invested.I think because I cared about the characters so easily But I wanted to know if these string of missing girls was connected It reminded me of Sadie a bit, when they called out how missing girls need to be taken seriously, not just called a statistic It s twisty and there s lots of theories with Ellery playing detective but she s not obnoxious about it I called one of the twists about her mother s past I M PRACTICALLY SHERLOCK Nevermind that I was lmao so wrong about the murderer Anyway I do confess the amount of characters had me afloat down a river with just a paddle pop stick to cling to.There were so many names I forget my own name frequently and have been known to collectively refer to my nephews as Frank because waves vaguely too many help me Occasionally they d throw in a name and I d be like WHO But otherwise, I did ok I think Especially when everyone had like super common names LIZ, SARAH, MIA, DAISY, BROOKE, OH GOD It was really satisfying.I just enjoyed myself ok I had a thoroughly good time reading this and ok ok it wasn t the wildest mystery every My heart didn t bust out of my chest But it felt like a sinister contemporary, full of autumn leaves and family secrets, with a background of murderrrr Perfect for me.

  10. says:

    4.5 stars.With Two Can Keep a Secret , her follow up to the excellent One of Us is Lying see my review , Karen M McManus proves she s not a flash in the pan talent, but rather a pretty terrific storyteller, one who is tremendously skilled at depicting the complex behaviors of teenagers, and the mysteries that unfold in front of our eyes.Ellery and her twin brother Ezra have to leave their California home and move to Echo Ridge, a small town in Vermont, and live with their maternal grandmother while their mother goes to rehab They ve never been to Echo Ridge before, and barely know their grandmother, despite the fact that their mother grew up there, and was even crowned homecoming queen But that night, their aunt their mother s twin sister disappeared and was never seen or heard from again.Their aunt s disappearance wasn t the town s only tragedy Five years ago, Lacey Kilduff was crowned homecoming queen and was then found murdered shortly thereafter It s a crime that affected many in Echo Ridge, as the murder was never solved, yet many town residents have their suspicions about who is guilty, and they take it out on anyone connected to him I should probably preface this by sayingI think about crime a lot Like, an abnormal amount I get that It s sort of a problem So you have to take what I say with a grain of salt, because I m just thisnaturally suspicious person, I guess For someone fairly obsessed with true crime, a town with as many secrets as Echo Ridge is a treasure trove for Ellery Not only does she want to understand what happened to her aunt Sarah all those years ago not to mention why her mother has kept them from Echo Ridge , but she begins finding clues to what might have happened to Lacey And when it appears that someone is threatening to harm another candidate for homecoming queen, Ellery is determined to uncover all of the answers but it may put her own life in danger in the process, because someone wants to keep the town s secrets hidden.Just like anytime I read a book that has any type of mystery component, I m immediately suspicious of everyone A new character shows up Bam, they re a suspect The funny thing is, McManus really did keep me guessing here, and while I wasn t shocked with how things resolved themselves, I wasn t disappointed either There definitely were some good twists to be had here, and McManus gave you characters to root for and characters to instantly dislike And here s a funny point this is the third book I ve read in the last year with a main character named Ellery A hallmark of YA books is characters that are articulate and sarcastic than most adults, and while that s certainly the case with the characters in Two Can Keep a Secret , it felt right here and didn t detract from how much I liked this I also liked the way diversity was presented as almost an afterthought there was too much going on in the high school and around town for anyone to focus on someone s sexuality or ethnicity I would have liked a same sex relationship thrown in, but I know that wasn t the focus of the story As far as I m concerned, McManus is now two for two, and seeing as I started this book the day after it was released, I ll probably have a while to wait until her next book I m sure it will be worth the wait, but until then, I love marveling at the incredible depth and breadth of talented writers creating such fantastic YA books these days See all of my reviews at, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at

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