Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus (A Review)

2019-02-01 03.19.49 1.jpgGenre: Ya, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery .
Year Of Publication: January 10th 2019.
Publisher: Penguin.
Pages: Paperback, 327 pages.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Got a secret
Can you keep it?
Swear this one you’ll save
Better lock it, in your pocket
Taking this one to the grave
If I show you then I know you
Won’t tell what I said
‘Cause two can keep a secret
If one of them is dead?

I am not usually a fan of mysteries and thrillers because I get super impatient. And the mystery is all the essence of these kind of books, you can’t just fast forward it. Anyway, this book was a total different story, it kept me on my feet, invested and totally ready to gobble it all up. The small town aesthetic, with the mysterious, shady vibes, and literally anything that moves being your suspect because you’re that paranoid was so much fun. Because I usually see the culprit coming but with this one I DID NOT!!!!!!

Ellery, our main character is moving to Echo ridge to live with her grandmother, because her mother is in rehab. The small town which she has never visited but has heard about, is all the intrigue for her because her aunt went missing when she was seventeen there. And Ellery being the super sleuth with Nancy drew intuitions just can’t wait to dive in”

Characters: Okay I really enjoyed those. Each one had their own interesting quriks.

I have always been really into slue-thy characters, because I grew up with Nancy drew, the famous five and the naughtiest girl. So Ellery my girl was fun for me. She had a whole aesthetic for murder and mysteries. And I was all for it!

Ezra, he was hilarious and funny and I loved his one liners. And the no chill line deliveries. He at one point says about the school major mean girls vibes gang:

“I have a really strong feeling that on Wednesday, they wear pink”

I actually snorted at that, it was hilarious. And it first the scene so perfectly.

I was so down for the sibling interaction and relationship in this one. It was refreshing to see how my much the twins loved each other. And gave each other the oh stop the bullshit I know you well conversations. YES!!!!!!

Malcom: ah he was such a nerd and the definition of soft. And just had the luck for being in the wrong place at the wrong time sigh. And living in the Shadow of his jock accused brother wasn’t easy. And had me instantly rooting for him because how could I resist.

For me the plot was really intriguing. And I was invested from the start. It just gets all into it from the first few chapters and guns for the mystery with all these deep dark twists. And the whole inclusion of home coming queen drama, the missing girls into the mix added more into the mystery and the shady aura.
So the best part of this one was who the Villian was. Because I didn’t see it coming. But also it was a little underwhelming for me. Because I was like oh. That person did it. Oh. I wasn’t like impressed by the villain. For me personality wise they were really eh.

The ending was super chilling. The last line WAS MESSED UP. oh my word and such a “woah what the heck” end to finish the book on. And i think it was the highlight of the book.

Honestly, if you are looking for a fast paced thrilling ya contemporary this one is for you. It has a nice fall aesthetic, small town aesthetic. And will keep you busy and hooked enough that you will be able to finish it in one go.

Happy reading.

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