Karen M. McManus: Two Can Keep a Secret (Random House 2019)
Many thanks to Maxim Könyvkiadó for sending me the book!
Echo Ridge first came into the spotlight in 1996 when a high school girl went missing at age seventeen. Almost 20 years later, another girl of the same age is found dead at a local horror theme park. Another five years later, Ellery and her twin brother, Ezra, move to this small town from California to live with their grandmother for a while. Despite the scenic landscape, the city is full of secrets beneath the surface. Shortly after the two siblings arrive, anonymous threats come to light, promising more bloodshed than ever before. Can they prevent the disappearance of another girl?
The story has two narrators: Ellery, the niece of the first missing girl, is obsessed with the crime and is doing everything she can to find out how her mother’s twin sister went missing. And Malcolm still bearing the load on himself because his brother was suspected of the death of the second victim. The two of them are trying to see through the many confusing details and solve the mystery that began 20 years ago.
This novel was also very exciting and was a little scarier than One of Us Is Lying. Echo Ridge is a truly spooky gingerbread town. An important difference from the writer’s previous novel is that here the police do a much more thorough job. Caution: if you start reading, you absolutely cannot stop!
This novel by Karen M. McManus was also on the New York Times bestsellers list and was selected as one of the best books of 2019. The writer’s books have been translated to more than 40 languages worldwide, and I hope that more of her novels will be available in Hungarian soon. In The Cousins, three young relatives are invited to spend the summer at their grandmother’s house, and the story of You’ll Be the Death of Me is about three friends who choose a bad day to hanging from school. Nothing More to Tell will be released in this September. Here, the protagonist must investigate an old murder. I am look forward to reading these stories!