TITLE: Two Can Keep a Secret
AUTHOR: Karen M. McManus
GENRES: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
FORMAT: Audiobook
LENGTH: ~10 hours
PUBLISHED: January 8th 2019
PUBLISHER: Listening Library

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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.

What I Think

All of Fright Farm’s success is based on how much people love to be scared in a controlled environment. There’s something deeply satisfying about confronting a monster and escaping unscathed. Real monsters aren’t anything like that. They don’t let go

Two Can Keep a Secret was a good YA thriller indeed! I’m always a little on the edge with every super hyped book but this one I really liked.
I got into “Private Investigator Hanna” mode in an instantwhen the twins were traveling to their Nan’s place. I’m not even lying when I tell you that I spent an entire day at work listening to this while mocking out stalls and tending to horses. The crimes happening at Echo Ridge are one big mystery. Who could it be? Is it you? Did you do it? Where did you take them?

I liked all the twists and turns in the stories. At one point you were suspecting this character but then something happened and suddenly you were suspecting that character. I love a book that gives me some brain work while reading. You just couldn’t see all that coming!

As for the characters, I fell in love with Mal since the start of his chapters. He was off my suspect list from the start. Ellery and everyone else were great too but Mal stole the show.

Ellery kept talking about the close relationship of twins pretty often, yet still I didn’t feel that there was that close relationship going between Ellery and her twin brother. I would have loved to see some more investigation or anything happening with them together. But it was more about Ellery and Mal than the others.

I’m pretty sure this is the first ever YA thriller that I’ve ever read. And it did not let me down! Quite the opposite, now I want to buy all the Karen M. McManus books!




  1. You are right on everything and yes the twin’s relationship did not seem so close! But I loved it, just a wee bit less than One of Us is Lying 😉

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