Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
[Blog Tour: Review + Givewaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Two Can Keep a Secret blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm really happy to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Title: TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET
Author: Karen McManus
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD

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. 

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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Two Can Keep a Secret lived up to my expectations! Every review I'd read had been singing its praises, and I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. McManus has created a vivid, engaging, complex story that captured my attention until the very last page. All of the characters were detailed and interesting, and I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery on my own.

Although, attempting to figure out what's happening in this book, is similar to a being a four-year-old trying to hit a piñata. I was blind, dizzy, and having a blast! If you enjoy books that make you think and keep you on your toes, Two Can Keep a Secret is definitely worth reading. Even if you don't normally like mysteries or suspenseful books, I'd recommend this one! Great characters, a twisty story, and one hell of an ending.

About Karen: 
As a kid I used to write books when I was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. I'm a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.

When not writing or working I love to travel, and along with my nine-year old son I've ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which I have never, ever used professionally.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/1/2019- Lifestyle of Me- Review
1/2/2019- Paper Reader- Review
1/3/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
1/4/2019- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

Week Two:
1/7/2019- Pink Polka Dot Books- Review
1/8/2019- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
1/9/2019- Adventures and Reading- Review
1/10/2019- The Phantom Paragrapher- Review
1/11/2019- Book Dragon Lair- Review

Week Three:
1/14/2019- A Gingerly Review- Review
1/15/2019- Confessions of a YA Reader- Review
1/16/2019- Sweet Southern Home- Review
1/17/2019- Simply Daniel Radcliffe- Review
1/18/2019- The Hermit Librarian- Review

Week Four:
1/21/2019- Smada's Book Smack- Review
1/22/2019- Owl always Be Reading- Review
1/23/2019- BookHounds YA- Review
1/24/2019- Popthebutterfly Reads- Review
1/25/2019- Eli to the nth- Review

Week Five:
1/28/2019- The Clever Reader- Review
1/29/2019- All the Ups and Downs- Review
1/30/2019- Two Points of Interest- Review
1/31/2019- EatingbetweenthelinesINC- Review

28 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for this one so I'm so glad it lived up to your expectations! I can't wait to read it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! I look forward to reading your review in the future. <3

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  2. So glad you loved this one. I adored one of us is lying so I have super high hopes for this one. It’s my next read after my current. Can’t wait. Love that you couldn’t figure it out. Yay.

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    1. Everyone keeps saying how much they loved her first book, so I’m definitely going to have to read it! I feel like I either have the book somewhere, or I’ve heard about it before, but I don’t recall reading it in the past. I actually think it might be on my iPad. Hmm — I’ll find it and read it soon! I really hope you enjoy this one! :)

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  3. I love one that can keep you guessing. It’s so disappointing when the outcome seems obvious and written on the wall for all to see. But one that can truly deliver some twists and surprises? Love it! Glad this one did just that.

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    1. I hate it when I figure a book out before I’m halfway though the story. If there are only somewhat obvious clues, and it takes me more than 75% of the book to solve the mystery, I’m okay with it. I understand that not every book is going to blow me away, but they can have decent stories. This one was both an amazing story, and one that I had trouble solving before the end. I highly recommend it! <3

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  4. I loved One of Us is Lying so I'm super excited about this one! Glad it lived up to expectations and thanks for the wonderful giveaway! :)

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    1. I haven’t read her other book, but everyone keeps talking about how amazing it is. I think that’s why there was so much excitement for this one, but I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the author. It was wonderful! Everything was a surprise, and I enjoyed trying to sort through all of the details for an answer. <3

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  5. Glad you enjoyed this one. I've been considering reading it if I could only stop singing the Pretty Little Liars song whenever I hear it.

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    1. Hahaha — I cannot read the title (aloud or to myself) without thinking, “if one of them is dead.” ;)

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  6. It's great to hear that you had a good time with it as well!

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    1. Thanks! It was an interesting read that kept me on my toes! :)

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  7. Secrets always tend to make a story more interesting.

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    1. Haha! I don’t normally like books that are based on a single secret, because they can almost always be solved with a simple conversation. However, this secret was different, and way more complicated than I originally thought! <3

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  8. I've definitely been hearing good things about this one. And I like that you said it kept you guessing. I love stories that no matter how much time I spend trying to figure out, I still am surprised. Great review!

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    1. The author expertly weaves multiple threads and various possibilities, and I was really surprised by a lot of them. I think I’d have something figured out, only to find out I was wrong a little later. It was great!

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  9. I've had my eye on this one. Glad you ended up loving it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. You should definitely give this one a whirl! Based on some of the other books you’ve liked, I think this one would be perfect! I hope you’re able to read it soon! :)

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  10. I agree about it being dizzying, the author definitely kept driving us poor readers toward red herrings.

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    1. I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns! I’m usually pretty good at figuring books out, but this one really surprised me. What did you think about the ending??

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  11. I hope to read this one, because I beyond loved McManus' debut

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    1. I haven’t read her other book, but now I really want to! I’ve heard it’s amazing, which is why people had such high expectations for this one.

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  12. Looking forward to reading this one, and ooh a killer ending too? Yay!

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    1. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! :)

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  13. I need to dive into this series!!

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    1. I don't this it's going to be a series, but the author has written another book. I've heard wonderful things about it! This one was pretty stellar! :)

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  14. I didn't like the previous book of the author much. But I might give this one a try.


    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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    1. Hmm -- you're the first person to say they didn't like her debut. What did you dislike about it? I was wanting to give it a shot since I enjoyed this one, so I want to hear your thoughts! :)

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