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.
- Publication Date:
- 08 / 01 / 2019
- 129 x 198mm
For over a year now I have heard people rave about "One of Us is Lying" though I haven't had a chance to read it myself, so when "Two Can Keep a Secret" was released with an interesting premise I jumped onto that one straight away and read it within the next few days.
The premise; a homecoming queen went missing in 1994, and then five years ago (in 2014-- this novel is set in 2019) another one was found murdered. Now there are threats coming out to the current homecoming queen nominations, could the killer be back? Told in two different points of view, the new girl in town and the brother of the accused killer, we set out to find out who might be behind this and if another girl is going to be killed.
The first point of view was probably my favourite and that one is Ellery, the new girl in town and the niece of the first missing girl. I found that I identified with Ellery the most as someone who is interested in true crime, though at times she wasn't my favourite. She has just moved to town with her twin brother Ezra after their mother has been put into rehab. Though she means well a lot of the time, Ellery just gets in the way of the investigation and she very much was the stereotypical new girl in town.
The other point of view you have is Malcolm, the brother of the accused killer of the second girl. His mother has just married one of the richer men in town, the father of the most popular girl in school. He is a bit of an outcast and determined to prove his brother didn't kill Lacey. Malcolm again was a narrator who was just kind of there, and as much as he tried to help he didn't make things better.
Plot wise this book didn't flow the way that it really should have. The premise of the book being about the murders of the teenage girls made me think it was going to be a focal point count, however that was kind of a plot that was just there. It was mentioned every now and then as people tried to figure out who the killer was but otherwise it didn't really feel like anything other than a normal young adult novel. Honestly it got absolutely amazing in the last 30 pages when the killer and their motives were uncovered.
If you're the kind of person who likes the mystery and likes to see how things unfold as people investigate, this is the novel for you. If you like a lot of other side plots and things trailing off from the main plot you will enjoy this novel. If you're more on the side of wanting to just focus on the mystery itself (and see the consequences of another girl going missing), I would say give this book a pass. - Jordanna (QBD)