The book I’ve decided to review is Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus, which tells the story of a small town with a dark past and a similarly dark present. The book focuses on the narrative of two main characters: Ellery Corcoran and Malcolm Kelly.
The town of Echo Ridge has a dark past, there have been two murders that were never solved. The two victims were extremely popular, and their deaths shocked everyone. Now that Ellery and her brother have moved into the town the killer claims to be back. There are three new potential victims and tensions are running high. However, both Ellery and Malcolm are somehow connected to the previous victims. Ellery instantly decides to try and solve not only the previous murders, but the crimes that are also happening presently, with the new friends she has made.
The book falls under the genres of thriller and mystery: which it lives up to. All the way through you are intrigued and on the edge of your seat. The author leaves lots of little cliffhangers in chapters so that you are constantly reading to try and reveal the truth. The twist at the end is a complete shock and left me so bewildered. At least McManus doesn’t leave out any detail, so you aren’t left staring at the ending of the book in anger.
Overall, I loved the book! It is full of exciting twists and turns that you are never expecting. The characters and their relationships are not only relatable, but extremely heart-warming. The ending is very satisfying, and the information is revealed so slowly over the course of the book. I think that you would really enjoy it if you are into shows such as Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars.
Great backstory. Entertaining plot.