Two Can Keep A Secret

Two Can Keep A Secret

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While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.
Ellery has heard all about Echo Ridge. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen; only five years ago, a homecoming queen was killed. Now Ellery is living there, with a grandmother she barely knows. Whens someone declares open season on homecoming, another girl goes missing. It seems everyone in Echo Ridge is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous-- and most people aren't good at keeping them. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524714727
1524714720
9781524714734
1524714739
Branch Call Number: MCM Y
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 2 can keep a secret

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penelopegomez
Mar 11, 2020

I'm not sure if I just couldn't concentrate on this book... or if this book just made zero sense! This book starts off with two twins moving into their mom's small town nicknamed MURDER LAND. Right from the start the way Karen M. McManus describes this small town and its inhabitants I got cheesy 90's horror movie vibes. I thought for sure this book was going to be bloody, with murders happening left and right. Karen M. McManus honestly had the perfect book setting for a really good thriller, but that just wasn't the case with this book. It was honestly incredibly slow paced. Only like one person died in this book and it was super anti-climactic! In this book the main character Ellery's mom also had a twin but was murdered multiple years prior to them moving back. For some random reason Ellery decides that she is going to solve her aunt's cold case and starts out on a mission of finding clues and interrogating people. This murder mystery was highly illogical, this 17 year old girl just happened to piece this incredibly old cold case together! Every time she found another clue it was just TOO EASY! As a reader I was just expected to believe that a group of Detectives couldn't solve this case but miraculously a 17 year old girl who has only been in town for 1 month can solve it... not likely! Anyway every time a character was being interrogated, I found myself having to go back and reread things multiple times because I couldn't remember who this "key witness" even was, just all of sudden they were being questioned. I did not like this book. It just made zero sense, but I'm giving it 2 stars because I just absolutely loved the setting of, "Murder Land." It was an incredibly good setting, but it just didn't go anywhere.

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blue_deer_398
Nov 20, 2019

Great book and well written, I was reading it at night and was scared to near panic in someparts-could close my eyes. However, the storyline was a little confusing and the romance bits were in my opinion, unnecessary. The book's main character is too critical and a tryhard. I could love this book if there wasn't teen romance! 8/10

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tinybookworm
Nov 04, 2019

Such a good book. Lots of surprises and twists. Highly recommend!

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carlymichelle
Oct 31, 2019

I enjoyed reading this book, and didn't figure out who the killer was early on!
Kept my interest.

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blue_dog_31717
Sep 04, 2019

A disappointment, to put it kindly. I was definitely a fan of One of Us is Lying, even through I was slightly disappointed with the final culprit. Two Can Keep a secret starts with a great plot: a popular schoolteacher found dead on the road, in a town full of secrets, and a repeat of a homecoming killing threatened again. The story is fast-paced, and very compelling in the beginning and middle, and with a big revelation 2/3rds through the story so good my hopes for the ending skyrocketed(in the end, the twist had no importance in the story). However, McManus finds a way to completely botch the ending. For all those who I've heard say the final culprit was surprising, I have to laugh: I can understand why, as the killer was in the story for maybe one page, but even that was enough for me to get it. From about his second sentence I thought, "Yeah, this guy did it. No doubt about it." Sadly, my conclusion nailed it right on the head. The killer's motive was perplexing but reasonable in an odd way at best, and so far-fetched its not at all fit for any kind of mystery book at worst. Mystery books are supposed to have compelling characters and motives. But the killers motive(and the other wrongdoers motives) are ridiculous. Overall, I rate this book a 6/10, and a "Would Not Recommend Reading".

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TheQueenofWords
Aug 01, 2019

Overall 1 star. I did not like this book. The one thing that I like about it was the fact that it wasn’t obvious who the killer was. Unfortunately, like her previous book, she thought up a great plot but the execution and ending was horrible.

First off, let’s talk about her previous book as well. She thought up a great plot (for BOTH books to) yet she cannot think of a good juicy twist. The killer was so plain and boring (in BOTH books), the motives were boring and dry (in BOTH books), I cannot fathom why she would think of a person so uninvolved in the victim(s) lives or would interest readers (in BOTH books). Now in this book, “Two Can Keep a Secret”, the only reason I didn’t guess who the killer was is because the protagonist was either too busy wasting her time socializing, pretending to be so smart with her murder theories or misleading readers because WE can’t investigate (in BOTH books). Not only that her murder theories are unbelievable (in BOTH books). Why? Because why would the killer in “One of Us is Lying” do that? I don’t see any reason that’s at least believable. As for “Two Can Keep a Secret”, why would the victims have “business” with the guy. They had perfectly fine lives. AGAIN, explainable.

Secondly, the characters; I didn’t care about most of them because they didn’t really have a depth and I couldn’t connect to them. The reason I could not find out who the murder was is because the main character, Ellery, was looking at all the wrong people and I couldn’t walk into the book and investigate (obviously) so had to follow her.

Finally, the writing threw me off. I just found it a bit weird, I wasn’t used to her style. I definitely DON’T recommend this book.

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deanna_88
Jun 27, 2019

I liked this book! I would never have guessed the culprit! Nice easy read. Well written.

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KatG1983
Jun 06, 2019

A decent mystery, I didn't guess the identity of the killer - so points for that. It's a good read for a lazy summer day, but you won't remember the details of it a month afterwards.

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nicolehatt
Mar 27, 2019

Was even better than her first book! I couldn't put it down. She keeps you guessing who is guilty throughout the entire book. Definitely a great read.

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twhitehead24
Feb 20, 2019

When Ellery is thrown back into her mother's hometown, she is thrown back into a world with lots of secrets. Ellery's mother twin disappeared when she was in high school and no one ever figured out what happened. So many secrets in a small town, especially where girls are disappearing. Seems like someone in the town may be gearing up for Ellery to be next. The beginning is wow, the ending it wow, and the in-between makes for a great YA book that will be enjoyed by adults as well.

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