Book Review: Two Can Keep a Secrete by Karen M. McManus


40099425Published: January 10th 2019 

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

While everyone in my class was sat doing resits, I was sat in the front row living my best life and reading this book.

 In this book we follow Ellery a true crime fanatic who along with her twin brother moves to their mother home town of Echo Ridge, a place infamous for her aunt going missing and five years prior the homecoming queen being murdered.

We also follow a boy called Malcolm who’s brother was the main suspect in the murder of the girl who died five years prior.


I came to really enjoy these characters who, at first, I admit I was feeling iffy about. To begin with I had to set aside my love for the main characters of One of Us Is Lying and let these new people shine. (Nate I still love you! Addy you’re still an absolute queen!)

Ellery is a true crime lover and is loving all the drama that’s going on in the town and you know what I respect her for that. Although she’s really not got the talent of subtlety because the moment she arrives in town she’s poking into everyone’s business and asking a whole lot of very obvious questions.

I really love Ellery’s relationship with her twin brother Ezra. I feel like I’ve never read a book where twins are close, it’s usually a story of them drifting apart etc. These two are their own people with different interests and personalities but who are always there for each other and I love it.

I also really enjoyed Malcolm as a character. I feel like although he was enjoyable to read about there wasn’t anything amazing about him? Like I want to love and protect him but that’s about it?

As for the relationship between Ellery and Malcolm … Karen M. McManus has a talent of making me like pairings I didn’t think I was going to like at the beginning. I also love how she rights teenage romance so realistic.

My only problem with this book was that there were so many side characters with so many backstories and connections to other characters, it was hard to keep track at times.


I predicted so many things in this, but that does not make this a “predictable” book. There was so many possible ways this could have gone and I had many theories so really I covered all ground, but whenever I was right or about to be right I’d get really excited and it made me feel like some sort of criminal genius.

I enjoy how we have different stories going on besides the main plot line.

This, and also One of Us Is Lying, reminds me so much of early 2010 shows like Pretty Little Liars (before it got too out of hand) and I like to relive that era of my life.

One of Us is Lying was told in multiple perspectives while Two Can Keep a Secrete has just the two perspectives of El and Mal, something I much preferred due to it being easier to keep track and remember who’s head I was reading from.

I feel like this would be the perfect beach read, and for me personally reading it in such a short space of time highly added to my reading enjoyment. 

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