After reading and enjoying Karen McManus’s first book One Of Us Is Lying I was looking forward to reading her second Two Can Keep A Secret and I wasn’t disappointed. I read it straight through in two days because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Like her first book this one contains a murder mystery, this time in a town full of secrets. Ellery and her twin brother Ezra move to the small town of Echo Ridge to live with a grandmother they hardly know after their mother goes to rehab. A town where their aunt disappeared many years ago at the age of seventeen and where a former homecoming queen was murdered five years ago.
I’ve always enjoyed series books from my earliest days since my parents read me the Little Grey Rabbit books by Alison Uttley. Then as I grew up I read other series on my own and enjoyed detective series like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. Now I am enjoying a current mystery series – the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley. Flavia is a young motherless girl growing up in 1950s England in a run down mansion with her father and two sisters. Her great interest is chemistry and she often uses this a way to solve the mysteries that she comes across. What I enjoy most about this series is that Flavia actually grows up and matures unlike Nancy Drew who solved thousands of mysteries all at the same age.The next book in the series, The Golden Tresses Of The Dead, will be published in January 2019 and I can’t wait to to read it!
Even though One Of Us Is Lying is marketed to young adults, I’m an adult and I loved it. The author describes it as ‘the breakfast club with murder.’ Five high school teens get detention – Bronwyn the brain, Addy the beauty, Nate the criminal, Cooper the athlete and Simon the outcast. Before detention ends Simon is dead. He had made lots of enemies by publishing students’ personal secrets on his app and was about to publish secrets about the four others in detention. This means that when foul play is suspected they are all suspects in his murder. So, who killed Simon and why?
This is one of the few books I read recently that I can call a page turner and I stayed up until around 4:00am one night to finish it. The characters are well drawn and individualistic and I was hoping that none of them was the killer. The ending was a big surprise and something that I hadn’t been expecting at all. If you’re looking for an enthralling read try this book.