Two Can Keep a Secret is such a meaty thriller. There was so much going on, and there were so many characters and relationships to wrap my head around. Because there was so much going on, I felt like there had to have been a lot of pressure on the author (and her editor!) to do a good job of it. And I think they did great! Two Can Keep a Secret flows incredibly well, and the suspense is real.
There are two point of views in this book, which is not my favourite thing ever. McManus did a really good job with them, but I was much more interested in Ellery than Malcolm so it wasn’t exactly balanced. That said, having the two points of view added a new dynamic and provided information, so that was good. It just took away from the tension a bit.
Ellery was much more focussed on the case than on her budding relationship with Malcolm, which I loved. I’m really tired of YA thrillers including so much romance that it detracts from the mystery plot. If I wanted a romance, I’d read a contemporary. The romance in this book was a lot more chill, which I appreciated.
I had so many theories about who the killer was in this one, and I was guessing right up until the end. I think this would be a good one to reread in the future so I could connect the dots and see what I missed the first time.
If you couldn’t tell, I loved this book, and I think I might have liked it more than One of Us is Lying. A bold claim, I know. But McManus has developed her writing and really improved, so I’m owning it.