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Gr 8 Up{amp}ndash;Twins Ellery and Ezra are traveling to Echo Ridge for the first time. Ellery, a passionate true-crime buff, knows all about the town's unpleasant history{amp}mdash;their aunt disappeared there at age 17, and just five years ago, the high school homecoming queen was murdered. Not long after, the teens settle in and land jobs at Fright Farm, the Halloween theme park where the slain homecoming queen was found. Soon, threats against the homecoming court begin popping up anew, and then another girl goes missing from Echo Ridge. Ellery becomes a target, as well. The story is told in alternating chapters by Ellery and Malcolm, whose brother was implicated in the murder of the homecoming queen; however, neither Ellery, Malcolm, nor any of the work's supporting characters are fully fleshed out. The three separate mysteries in Echo Ridge can be overwhelming to keep track of at times. While the character building may be lacking, and the story line may occasionally confuse, the history of Echo Ridge does intertwine nicely with Ellery's own family history and moves the plot along. What little romance is included serves to further the plot. Every character will be a suspect at least once, and when the mystery finally unravels, readers may not grasp the full repercussions of the conclusion for a long time. VERDICT For readers who have outgrown "Fear Street" and are looking for a similar sort of tension, mystery, and murder.{amp}mdash;Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University, SC


Praise for Two Can Keep a Secret:

A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year

even better than what came before: more exciting, with richer characters and a stronger final-act twist. . . .  This is a murder-mystery, and a damn good one, the town of Echo Ridge steeped in an irresistible menace, the questions at the heart of the novel turning darker and deeper with each new revelation. That’s what should rightly make this another smash best-seller." —EW

You won't be able to put [it] down.”—

A must-read YA thriller if you love Riverdale and Sharp Objects." —Bustle

"The mystery unfurls at a deliciously escalating pace, filled with believable red herrings and shocking twists. Readers will furiously turn pages until the satisfying end....with well-earned thrills and spooky atmosphere worth sinking into." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"With complex characters and intricate plotting, McManus delivers a fast-paced, twisty whodunit." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Tightly knit and well-placed plot elements, along with the development of Ellery and Malcolm’s relationship, keep pages turning until the revelation of the murderer’s identity and motivations, as well as some other secrets that turn out satisfyingly well." —Bulletin

"McManus follows up her smash hit debut,
One of Us Is Lying, with another twisted mystery...[that will have readers] speeding their way to the end." —Booklist

More Praise for Karen McManus's One of Us Is Lying:

A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens SelectionA CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
A Bustle Best Young Adult Book of May 2017
A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
A YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction Book Nominee
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller." --Bustle

"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat." —The Guardian

"Readers will have a hard time putting this
clever page-turner down." —

An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller with so many twists and turns you'll be wondering until the very end: Who really killed Simon?”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters

"[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." —VOYA, Starred Review

fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own." —Kirkus Reviews

"One of Us Is Lying
is flat-out addictive...[McManus] weaves an authentic, suspenseful mystery that readers can imagine taking place at their very own high school.” —RT Book Reviews

"A smart, twisted, and unpredictable YA mystery that will have readers guessing until the very end." —SLJ

"An engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control." —Booklist

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delacorte Press (January 8, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524714720
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1524714727
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 - 17 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL730L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.75 x 1.18 x 8.55 inches
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Karen M. McManus is a #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thrillers. Her books include the One of Us Is Lying series, which has been turned into a television show on Peacock and Netflix, as well as the standalone novels Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, You’ll Be the Death of Me, and Nothing More to Tell. Karen's critically acclaimed, award-winning work has been translated into more than 40 languages. To learn more, visit or @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

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I read One Of Us Is Lying last year and loved it so much! I adored the characters and the story kept me reading well into the night. So I had high hopes for Two Can Keep A Secret and it did not disappoint!

I don’t usually read thrillers but wow this book was amazing! I read this book in a day and I just could not put it down! Like her first book it kept me guessing right until the end and the plot twists were so good and I did not see them coming.

I loved the complex web that she created making it difficult to trust any information we were given. This book felt darker than One of Us is Lying too. There was some truly eerie moments that gave it a spooky feel although it’s not quite horror.

There were quite a lot of characters in the book that made it a little confusing at first to keep track at first but as the story progressed it became clear who each person was. This book is just filled with characters who aren’t as they seem and I loved that no-one is above suspicion.

The story is told from two points of view, Ellery who is new to the town and Malcolm who has lived there his whole life. It was interesting seeing the story and other characters from both their perspectives and the contrast of Ellery who is seeing everything with fresh eyes and Malcolm who has history with these characters and is quite cynical because of the circumstances of how he has had to live growing up.

“I should probably preface this by saying...I 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 this...naturally suspicious person, I guess.”

Ellery is so curious about everything and constantly wants to dig deeper to find the truth and the secrets. So going to live with her grandma in a town full of secrets was like a dream come true for Ellery. She is fuelled by the fact that her aunt went missing there and it got her interested in true crime and the need to find the truth even if it puts her in danger. I loved that unlike a lot of protagonists, who go rushing in without thinking things through, Ellery does think about the information she is given and how trustworthy it is. I also loved her relationship with her brother and how they got on so well. It’s nice to see good sibling relationships in books.

Seeing how Malcolm had to live with all the controversy that surrounded him and his family it was so nice to see how kind he was and a total geek and I loved him! He had a wonderful friendship with Mia where they help and look out for each other and it was great to see how Ezra fit in so well with Mia and that helped Ellery become friends with them too. I loved how awkward he was around Ellery and that despite being called handsome by both Ellery and Brooke, he isn’t egotistical and big headed. He has trust issues and every reason to doubt people close to him but still sees the best in people and will try to make excuses for them, especially when it comes to murder.

This book is fast paced and has lots of tension which makes you want to read, just one more chapter, and even the side stories are wonderfully woven into the main story. I really loved this book and if you enjoyed One of Us is Lying or thrillers then I highly recommend this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - okay but predictable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a twisty mystery, where I didn’t know who to trust or believe
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2020