Two Can Keep A Secret

Two Can Keep a Secret

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
One Of Us Is Lying

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I wasn’t blown away by the author’s debut novel, but I knew I wanted to read this book. It sounded really gripping. I’m certainly glad I didn’t give up on this author as I really enjoyed Two Can Keep A Secret. 

The story follows twins Ellery and Ezra (totally got Pretty Little Liars vibes with this name and the title…) as they go to love with their grandmother in Echo Ridge as their mother is in rehabs, Echo Ridge is completely new to them. It’s a town full of secrets. Homecoming Queens go missing including Ellery and Ezra’s aunt Sarah. Years later, it happens again and the threats are rife. Ellery and Ezra are determined to find out what’s going on, with the help of some new friends.

It’s told from two main perspectives, Ellery and Malcolm. I don’t always love a dual narrative, but I feel like this one worked and it made you have a deeper insight into the story. Malcolm is the brother of one of the Homecoming Queen’s boyfriend. They suspected Malcolm’s brother of murder and Malcolm is immediately regarded with suspicion when the threats begin once more. I really liked Malcolm’s character. I felt like the author made you want to reach into the story and help him. He certainly has a rough ride throughout.

I was so intrigued by this story, eager to find out what was going to happen. It’s not the most complex mystery, but it’s decent all the same and kept me turning the pages and that’s what it’s all about!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A creepy mystery well worth exploring!

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This Week In Books #154

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads.

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Two Can Keep a Secret

I’m not very far through this book yet, but so far so good!

THEN

Demon Dentist

I really enjoyed reading this book! It’s darker than you’d expect, but so easy to read. My review will be out as part of the kid-lit feature on Tuesday! 🙂

NEXT

All We Ever Wanted

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, so I’ll hopefully pick it up next.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about books we want to read in Spring 2019. I decided to go for my next 10 on my bookshelves.

I Have Lost My Way- Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Looking forward to this book! I may have read it by the time this list comes out!

It Only Happens In The Movies- Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this.

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I’m still excited to read it!

Learning To Breathe- Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

I’ve heard good things about this!

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Can’t wait to read this!

A Spark Of Light- Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard good things… I like her writing!

Roar- Cecelia Ahern

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia.

Fat Girl On A Plane- Kelly deVos

Fat Girl on a Plane

Again, good things heard!

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)

I’m very intrigued by this book.

Two Can Keep A Secret- Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret

I hope I like this one!

What are you hoping to read this Spring? Let me know!

 

Book Tag- Books Beginning With W.I.N.T.E.R

I had seen this post on Beth’s blog. She originally got the idea from one of her favourite booktubers Lauren And The Books who did it with the word CHRISTMAS. Beth decided to take on that challenge and make it seasonal.

Today I will be taking the word WINTER and finding books on my TBR that start with those letters.

Click on the book image to find out more about the book!

For Beth’s W.I.N.T.E.R post click here.

W

Words on Bathroom Walls

I am really interested in books that cover mental health. This one is all about a boy with schizophrenia.

I

I Have Lost My Way

I want to read more of Gayle Forman’s work, so I can’t wait to pick this one up!

N

No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley, #3)

I really enjoyed Cara’s first two books. I’m currently reading (and enjoying) this book. If you’re into crime/thrillers… it’s one to look out for.

T

Two Can Keep a Secret

I am so intrigued to read this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s debut, but I’ve heard great things about this one!

E

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This is another book that Beth has been on at me to read for months. It’s happening soon. I promise!

R

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia Ahern. Looking forward to this one!

Have you done this tag? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

The Ten Most Recent Additions To My TBR (2019)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

Today’s list is all about the most recent additions to our TBR. As ever, click on the book image to get to the book’s Goodreads page.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

I really enjoy reading books about characters with different faiths. This one sounds like a good one!

Stain

I’ve pre-ordered this book. I’m really looking forward to reading it! It’s inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and The Pea. 

Our Year of Maybe

I enjoyed this writer’s debut so I’m looking forward to the next one!

Only a Breath Apart

I need to catch up with Katie McGarry’s books, but I’ve added this one to my TBR!

No One Here Is Lonely

This sounds like a fantastic read. They mentioned for fans of Adam Silvera…and I was sold.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

I love Kasie West’s writing. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Sorry Not Sorry

This book sounds excellent! I’ve heard good buzz around it so far.

Tell Me Everything

I am very intrigued by this book too. It looks like a great contemporary.

Two Can Keep a Secret

I can’t stop thinking of the Pretty Little Liars show when I read the title. Excited about this one!

Famous in a Small Town

I like to dip into fluffy reads every now and then. It’s good for my soul, I promise! This one looks perfect for that.

What have you recently added to your TBR? Let me know!

One Of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House

Synopsis:

Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Thoughts:

This book was one of my most anticipated at the start of the year. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I really think it’s a solid YA read that many people who don’t usually read YA would enjoy.

One Of Us Is Lying is set in a high school where we find five teenagers in detention. Those five teenagers are pretty much stereotypical high school characters. You know the ones, there’s smart, bad boy, athlete, popular/pretty girl etc. etc. At first I thought it was going to annoy me. I don’t like reading books with such stereotypes, but it really worked with this book. Simon is also in detention. He runs a gossip app, giving gossip to the rest of the school that is incredibly accurate. This gave me real Gossip Girl vibes. During detention, Simon dies in what seems like suspicious circumstances. Although they aren’t the typical detention students, each and every one of them has a secret they didn’t want Simon to release…

I think you’d especially enjoy this book if you’re into Gossip Girl. Like I said, it definitely has the vibe which I adore. I loved the mysterious element to the story. I really enjoyed trying to work out what had happened to Simon. I did get it right, by the end of the story but that didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. I loved the range of characters within the story and how they all had a reason to want Simon dead.

I think the only reason I haven’t rated this book any higher is because I expected it to be a lot more dark and unpredictable. That possibly says something about me!?

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful, easy to read book. Great for fans of YA and beyond!

Top Ten 2017 Debuts That I’m Excited For

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about debut releases in 2017. It’s been fun to look into it!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I’ve heard a lot about this book already and I’m excited for it to be released. It is inspired by The Black Lives Matter movement.

The Hidden Memory of Objects-

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I read emotional and thrilling in the synopis and I was pretty much sold! I love the cover of this one too.

One Of Us Is Lying- Karen M.McManus

One of Us Is Lying

I’m looking forward to this one mainly because I’ve judged it by its cover and I think it looks like it’s going to be awesome!

The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett- Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I have heard good things about this book too, so I’m looking forward to finally checking it out in 2017!

Girl Out Of Water- Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

This looks like another emotional read. I love the simple cover.

It Started With Goodbye- Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

A modern take on the Cinderella arc? I’m in!

The Disappearances- Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances

Oooh. I like the sound of this one. Love the cover, love the fantasy sound of it.

The Education of Margot Sanchez- Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez

I think this sounds like such an important read! It’s billed as a coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families. Intrigued!

Seven Days Of You-

Seven Days of You

I can’t help but put a cute contemporary looking book on my list! 🙂 This one looks like it could be a bit of a heartbreaker too!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I love stories that include characters with ADHD. I have high hopes for this one!

What are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!