Two Can Keep a Secret
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 1/8/2019
Format: ARC
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.


My thoughts

Although I wasn’t immediately drawn to the story in the first few chapters of “Two Can Keep A Secret,” I thought the author perfectly set the tone of an intriguing and suspenseful thriller in the vein of Riverdale (with some Mean Girls references). After finishing the entire book, however, I thought it had been an okayish (decent) read. It can definitely be polarizing: you’ll either love it or hate it (kind of like CW’s Riverdale). Like Riverdale, I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I wanted to. I could care less about the characters. Actually, I don’t think I like any of the characters. I finished reading this book because I only had a few chapters left to read and I wanted to finish what I started. Anyway, this book was unfortunately not for me.

I felt like the plot twists and/or revelations were so random, kind of like in Riverdale which was one of the reasons why I stopped watching the show. There was even a quote in this novel where the protagonist, Ellery, thought that some people in Echo Ridge looked like actors from the CW show: ridiculously attractive to the point that they seem unreal (at least this is what I got from the story). Additionally, the romance in the novel fell flat to me (predictable or feelings seem to come out of nowhere).

I think I preferred the author’s previous debut novel, albeit she did sort of make it seem like someone’s sexuality could be a plot twist. And speaking of secrets, there was a secret in this book and I didn’t understand why it had to be a secret. I wonder if the author thought it would be “cool” to leave this as a secret. I really didn’t think so because it wasn’t “ground breaking” or anything that could be potentially dangerous. In fact, it generated even more questions. And speaking of questions, they all weren’t addressed in this book.

Finally, the motivations of these characters were ridiculous. It read like a thriller Fear Street novel but when everything had been revealed, it was just seriously underwhelming. I wished there was a bit more development with these characters because they just didn’t stand out to me. Honestly, my thoughts didn’t change from when I started reading this book up to when I was done reading it. I felt underwhelmed in so many ways. I was waiting for the bomb to drop but it just wasn’t there. It left me unsatisfied and disappointed.

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