Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

About the book:

A perfect town is hiding secrets. 
Two teenagers are dead. Two murders unsolved. And a killer who claims to be coming back. 

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.
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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 them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again.

And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it?

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure.

Then another girl disappears.

As they race to unravel what happened, they realise 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.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

My thoughts:

I loved One Of Us Is Lying when I read it so I was super excited to be sent a copy of Two Can Keep A Secret to review.

Ellery and her brother move to Echo Ridge to live with their grandmother while their mother goes to rehab. Ellery’s aunt went missing from Echo Ridge when she was 16, and now they return 5 years after another girl was murdered.

Another girl disappears, and Ellery was one of the last people to see her alive. What follows is a twisty turny narrative with so many secrets and layers that it is difficult to reconcile the truth out of any of it.

I really enjoyed Two Can Keep A Secret, not as much as One Of Us Is Lying, but it definitely kept me hooked because the characters kept pulling me back into the narrative.

Recommended for sure!

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

About the book:

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On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

This isn’t out until June, but you can pre-order your copy by clicking HERE!

My thoughts:

So regulars readers of my blog will know I’m not a huge reader of YA (young adult) fiction. I don’t know why, it’s just not something that was on my radar until maybe the middle of last year. Well books like One Of Us Is Lying make me want to read it a hell of a lot more to be honest.

I had seen this book mentioned by one of my fave bloggers, Liz from Liz Loves Books, and we have pretty similar taste so I figured I’d give it a go. It helps that she described it in terms of The Breakfast Club movie, which is one of my all time favourite movies. I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d cave and break my Netgalley ban.

It was SO WORTH IT!!!

One Of Us Is Lying hooked me completely from the outset. I loved the premise. Five teenagers in detention and only 4 of them make it out alive. I mean, terrible yes, but how could you not want to find out why?! And the comparisons to the seminal John Hughes classic are not unwarranted. The characters are pretty much all present; the jock, the criminal, the athlete, the social outcast, the homecoming queen.

The chapters are told by the four different kids who get out of that classroom. Each one has their own voice, and by the end it was easier to distinguish one from the other. While they experienced a terrible situation, I found the destruction to their lives after the incident to be the most compelling to read. High school is a huge transformation period for these kids, and they have a massive shadow hanging over them, as they all get questioned in relation to what turns out to be murder.

Simon, the kid that was murdered, ran a gossip site, About That. Coincidentally, the day after his death, there were posts scheduled for the four others that were in detention with him, so it seems they all had something to lose. And motive.

What follows is utterly absorbing. Every chapter there is new information coming to light from somewhere. Every one of these teens is a suspect, every one of them had something to hide. One Of Us Is Lying shows the effects that secrets and lies can have on the lives of others, as well as the teenage psyche.

Loved this book, definitely one to watch out for in 2017. I don’t want to say any more for fear of spoiling anything!

Highly recommended!