Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen M. McManus

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Two Can Keep a Secret!

Two Can Keep a Secret
Karen M. McManus
Series: n/a
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Goodreads
The New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, is back with an all-new, page-turning mystery perfect for fans of Riverdale!

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.
Maybe two can keep a secret, but this girl can't! The secret is: I absolutely LOVED McManus' debut, One of Us is Lying. Loved it, raved about it, put it on my favorites shelf. So, obviously, I am looking to rekindle the magic I experienced with her before, while reading her new release.

Aside from my bias for McManus, the book hints at some fantastic elements.
  • Small town setting
  • Fish out of water
  • Family mystery
  • Murdered homecoming queen
  • Secrets and drama
That is quite an enticing list for me! I know I'm excited. Are you excited?


What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!

48 comments:

  1. YES! I tend to find YA mysteries to be very predictable, but her debut was fabulous! I'm looking forward to this one. Plus, I love how her covers match!!

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    1. I probably read more adult thriller/suspense/mysteries than YA, but it was a combination of things that kept me flipping the pages of her last book, so with the mystery not being my only draw, it worked for me. And matching covers is always the answer.

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  2. Oh yeah- I'll be all over this. Can't wait, especially after loving her first one so much.

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    1. Right, the first one was so good. This one sounds like it could be even better.

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  3. Oh, I am totally wanting this for the secrets and drama -- small towns always have the secrets and drama :)

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    1. I am so NOT a drama-mama, but I seem to love it in my books.

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  4. This sounds really good! I love small town secret mysteries! I hope you love it!

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    1. I spent my teen years in a small town. Yes, Brooklyn to a 1-square mile town, so I am always into books set in such a town.

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  5. Yes, I have seen this one and totally want to get it. It's a while before it comes out tho. I might post it as a CWW in Nov or so just so it's fresh in our minds for it's January Release!

    Great pick!

    Mary my CWW!

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    1. I always struggle with if I should CWW a book, that I already have, and you know it's slim pickings at the end of the year. So, I moved into Jan books.

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  6. Great choice for today. I love books like this.

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    1. Her storytelling was great, and I am liking the synopsis a lot.

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  7. [take three lol]
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    *she gasps*
    I ADORED One of Us Is Lying!
    I gasped as when I saw this cover because I knew it had to be the same author!
    SO YES! YES! YES! I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!
    Thank you for bring it to my attention Sam!

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  8. Oh yes. I am looking forward to this one as well. I adored her first book. Have you read The Cheerleaders?

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  9. Ooh that sounds intriguing! I love a good thriller!

    Here's my Wow

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Her's worked really well for me, so I am totally up for more.

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  10. I haven't read her debut but this one appeals to me more than that one. I like the title a lot more as well. It made me smile. I hope you enjoy this one just as much as you liked her debut ^.^

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    1. The title made me sing the stupid song. All. Day.

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  11. Wow, this sounds intense! Very intriguing premise--nice choice!

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    1. If you like YA mysteries, you would enjoy McManus' work.

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    1. I keep trying to win an ARC. Keeping my fingers crossed I get lucky.

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  13. Um, if I was Ellery I'd ask to be sent to boarding school far, far away from that town! LOL But then I guess there wouldn't be a story, so... :)

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    1. You know that's not how it works in these things. XD I like the creep factor though, and can't wait to see how it all plays out.

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  14. Same same same, Sam! I cannot wait for this one! I was the same with One of Us is Lying, and I can't imagine how great this will be! Wonderful post, Sam! :)

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  15. LOL I think You're excited about this one!

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    1. Oh, this has been on my TBR since Feb, so yeah, pretty excited.

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  16. I like how there is a theme with the covers!

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    1. I am a fan of an author keeping the same look and feel. Jennifer E Smith's last book cover really upset me, because it was not like the others.

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  17. I have heard so much about One of Us is Lying and I know that I definitely need to get on to reading that as soon as possible, because this one looks even more amazing. I love the PLL vibes that it is giving me. So, I'm totally intrigued. Great pick! :)

    If you get the chance, come by my blog and check out my Can't-Wait Wednesday post.
    Suz @ Bookish Revelations

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    1. I was a HUGE fan of One of Us is Lying. I did figure out who the killer was, but it wasn't just about that. I loved the friendship and the characters, and McManus gave me the whole package, and it was good.

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  18. I've never tried the author as I don't read much YA but the plots do sound interesting!

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    1. I am not a huge mystery/suspense reader, but I really enjoyed her last book.

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  19. Great pick! I loved One of Us is Lying as well so I'm really excited for this one too.

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    1. Dare I say it sounds like it could be even better

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  20. OMG Sam!!!!! I want to read this SO MUCH!

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    1. ME TOO!!! I just keep entering contests to try and win it.

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  21. I've heard of the first book! (I consider that a win at this point, because I've been so out of the YA game in the last publishing year.) I love a good small town read, whether it's romance or mystery or whatever. I hope you love this one, Sam!

    Have a wonderful day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  22. I actually didn't love ONE OF US IS LYING, but I'm still willing to give the author another try. Plus, I love small towns with secrets books :)

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    1. You were not alone. I read plenty of non-complimentary reviews for One of Us is Lying, but I loved it. I find that because I am more of a character driven reader, I forgive a lot in terms of plot. Some people thought the killer was obvious (not that obvious if you ask me, but...) and I think there ware those mystery purists, who didn't appreciate the hybrid nature of the story. I am a contemporary reader, and therefore, loved all the relationship things in the book. The mystery was gravy for me.

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