Two Can Keep A Secret

Two Can Keep A Secret

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While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524714727
Branch Call Number: MCM
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm

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blue_dog_31717
Sep 04, 2019

A disappointment, to put it kindly. I was definitely a fan of One of Us is Lying, even through I was slightly disappointed with the final culprit. Two Can Keep a secret starts with a great plot: a popular schoolteacher found dead on the road, in a town full of secrets, and a repeat of a homecoming killing threatened again. The story is fast-paced, and very compelling in the beginning and middle, and with a big revelation 2/3rds through the story so good my hopes for the ending skyrocketed(in the end, the twist had no importance in the story). However, McManus finds a way to completely botch the ending. For all those who I've heard say the final culprit was surprising, I have to laugh: I can understand why, as the killer was in the story for maybe one page, but even that was enough for me to get it. From about his second sentence I thought, "Yeah, this guy did it. No doubt about it." Sadly, my conclusion nailed it right on the head. The killer's motive was perplexing but reasonable in an odd way at best, and so far-fetched its not at all fit for any kind of mystery book at worst. Mystery books are supposed to have compelling characters and motives. But the killers motive(and the other wrongdoers motives) are ridiculous. Overall, I rate this book a 6/10, and a "Would Not Recommend Reading".

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TheFireHeir
Aug 01, 2019

Overall 1 star. I did not like this book. The one thing that I like about it was the fact that it wasn’t obvious who the killer was. Unfortunately, like her previous book, she thought up a great plot but the execution and ending was horrible.

First off, let’s talk about her previous book as well. She thought up a great plot (for BOTH books to) yet she cannot think of a good juicy twist. The killer was so plain and boring (in BOTH books), the motives were boring and dry (in BOTH books), I cannot fathom why she would think of a person so uninvolved in the victim(s) lives or would interest readers (in BOTH books). Now in this book, “Two Can Keep a Secret”, the only reason I didn’t guess who the killer was is because the protagonist was either too busy wasting her time socializing, pretending to be so smart with her murder theories or misleading readers because WE can’t investigate (in BOTH books). Not only that her murder theories are unbelievable (in BOTH books). Why? Because why would the killer in “One of Us is Lying” do that? I don’t see any reason that’s at least believable. As for “Two Can Keep a Secret”, why would the victims have “business” with the guy. They had perfectly fine lives. AGAIN, explainable.

Secondly, the characters; I didn’t care about most of them because they didn’t really have a depth and I couldn’t connect to them. The reason I could not find out who the murder was is because the main character, Ellery, was looking at all the wrong people and I couldn’t walk into the book and investigate (obviously) so had to follow her.

Finally, the writing threw me off. I just found it a bit weird, I wasn’t used to her style. I definitely DON’T recommend this book.

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deanna_88
Jun 27, 2019

I liked this book! I would never have guessed the culprit! Nice easy read. Well written.

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KatG1983
Jun 06, 2019

A decent mystery, I didn't guess the identity of the killer - so points for that. It's a good read for a lazy summer day, but you won't remember the details of it a month afterwards.

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nicolehatt
Mar 27, 2019

Was even better than her first book! I couldn't put it down. She keeps you guessing who is guilty throughout the entire book. Definitely a great read.

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twhitehead24
Feb 20, 2019

When Ellery is thrown back into her mother's hometown, she is thrown back into a world with lots of secrets. Ellery's mother twin disappeared when she was in high school and no one ever figured out what happened. So many secrets in a small town, especially where girls are disappearing. Seems like someone in the town may be gearing up for Ellery to be next. The beginning is wow, the ending it wow, and the in-between makes for a great YA book that will be enjoyed by adults as well.

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zoeythekat
Jan 28, 2019

This book was fantastic. It had me hooked from the get-go, and the twists consistently surprised me.

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Justsaymo01
Jan 25, 2019

Good YA murder mystery. It keeps you guessing until the very end where all the mysteries of the small town are answered. Some are dead, some disappeared, and some are holding secrets.

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Jul 29, 2019

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Nov 27, 2018

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