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This book was really good. The author is really good at writing YA thrillers where the teenage characters are actually good and don't annoy you in the least. This story had a lot of siblings and was so much fun to read.
We have two POVs: Ellery and Malcolm. Ellery's aunt went missing in Echo Ridge and Malcolm's brother was suspected of murdering his girlfriend who was in the same year as Ellery's aunt.
There's no crappy teenage drama in this. It is really well written. If you liked the author's first book 'One of us is lying', then you'll like this one two.
In the beginning, it was a slow start with LOTS of names to remeber but once you get past that, it was a pretty fast read. Her debut, One of Us is Lying, had multiple 4 POV's but Two can Keep a Secret only has 2. All in all, it was a fast paced mystery that I finished in 2 days.
It's an amazing book. The storyline is intriguing. Once you start reading this book you will not be able to stop. I highly recommend it. If you haven't already read "One of us is lying" read it now... Keren M McManus writes great books.
I don't read a lot of YA thrillers, and this was also the first book I read by this author, so going in, I did not know what to expect. But wow, this turned out to be quite the thrilling ride.
Like any good mystery/ thriller, the story is fast paced, with a narrative that keeps the reader hooked with clever twists & turns from the very beginning right until the last page (and as it happens in this particular case, right until the very last sentence).
Plus I have to admit the author kept me guessing. I especially enjoyed how my opinion of everything and everyone was constantly changing as the many layers of the story started to unravel.
In-fact, I remember that at one point I wondered if all these puzzle pieces were ever going to fall in place. But let me tell you - they did. The author did a good job of ensuring that she crossed all her Ts and dotted all her Is when it came to the big and small details.
That being said, the grand reveal in the end was pretty straightforward. And I say straightforward, but did I ever guess the real culprit? Nope. Though some of you veterans of this genre might.
As far as I am concerned the person never even featured in my many theories. Though they were in the list of 'distant possibilities'. But I am not going to count that, because well, most of the cast of characters were in the latter list.
All in all: A fun and twisty ride that I definitely recommend.
- Shantala (Book Blogger at Shanaya Tales)
P.S. I am planning to check out the author's earlier book now (which was her debut I think) - One of Us is Lying.