Disclaimer: I received this book from Rockstar Book Tours and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Genre: YA Mystery
Recommended Age: 14+ (trigger warnings for possible underage sex/possible legal non consensual rape. Violence, language, sexual content, mysteries, and murders)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis: 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.
Review: So when I go into a mystery novel the first thing I do while I’m reading is try to discern who the killer is. I usually get the killer within 5 chapters. My personal best was when I guessed it on page 5 in a mystery novel. So, when I went into this book I already knew how good Karen McManus was at making rock solid mysteries that kept you guessing until the very end. But in all honesty I didn’t know who the killer was until the very end. The book was also incredibly well written and I enjoy that the book main characters had a love interest, but things didn’t end peachy for them. I like how realistic the kids seemed, I feel that Karen does well writing very complex and realistic teens.
And she did well conveying a small town feel to the reader. I’m from a small town and everything in this novel rang true to me.
The only issues I had were that I felt that maybe one of the main characters should have done something at the end and that one little detail has been in my thoughts for a week now. I toss and turn the perfect solution and while I like that the author left it open ended, it is now plaguing my thoughts.
Verdict: The best damn mystery writer for this generation.