REVIEW: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

I don’t usually run to the bookstore (or Amazon) to order a book right when it comes out. After binge reading Karen McManus’ One of Us is Lying last summer, I knew that I had to get my hands on her new release, Two Can Keep a Secret. It showed up in my mailbox so I put everything I was reading aside and I started it that same night!

I loved this one just as much as One of Us is Lying but for different reasons. Two Can Keep a Secret is told from two rotating viewpoints of two characters that I absolutely adored – and this is McManus’ strongpoint. While each of the lead characters had their flaws, they both were lovable for different reasons. They had relatable characteristics, raw thoughts, and all of the qualities I would want in a friend.

The supporting characters in the story remained slightly mysterious and that helped to build suspense. While they were incredibly important to the storyline, they were just enough in the background that I was able to focus on the main characters. I enjoyed seeing them develop and watching how they played into the story.

The last thing that I really enjoyed about this story was the romance that came into play. It felt really natural and unforced and I was totally rooting for it! I usually don’t care for unnecessary romance in books, but this one felt just right.

The only reason I took off a star is because I was able to guess the ending, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying. Will definitely read the next one McManus comes out with! 4 out of 5 stars.

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