The "must-read YA thriller" (Bustle) from #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying about a small town with deadly secrets.
"When it comes to YA suspense, Karen M. McManus is in a league of her own..." --Entertainment Weekly
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 has 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.
Fans of the hit thriller that started it all can watch the secrets of the Bayview Four be revealed in the One of Us is Lying TV series now streaming on NBC's Peacock!
A dead body in the middle of the road (the high school's science teacher) welcomes twins Ellery and Ezra Corcoran, 17, to their new home in Echo Ridge, Vt., where they've been sent to live with their estranged grandmother during their mother Sadie's court-appointed rehab for opioid addiction. Ellery, a true-crime buff, uses the opportunity to look into Echo Ridge's notorious unsolved mysteries: the disappearance of Sadie's identical twin sister after Sadie was crowned homecoming queen 23 years earlier, and the murder of Lacey Kilduff, the homecoming queen found strangled at Murderland, the local Halloween theme park, five years ago. After the science teacher dies, Ellery is nominated for the homecoming court, and someone begins to threaten Ellery and the other two nominees for queen, tagging signs and promising a Murderland redux. When one of the two possible queens goes missing, Ellery dons her amateur detective hat, putting herself and her loved ones in danger. With complex characters and intricate plotting, McManus (One of Us Is Lying) delivers a fast-paced, twisty whodunit. Ages 14 up.)
For fans of Riverdale and PLL. As good as her other books! Very suspenseful such a twist ending!
I’d ordered this book, not knowing whether I’d like it or not. At first, I thought it would be about some 'basic’ girl who just has to deal with a mystery. But no. I’d read One of us Is Lying about three months ago, and I loved it. But I loved this more! The plot twist was unpredictable, but fit in well! The only thing I found unnecessary was Ellery’s and Ezra’s half sibling(s). It did go with Sadies personality quite well though. The friendships and romances didn’t feel rushed at all and weren’t a distraction from the plot. I loved each and every character and once I got to the near end, I couldn’t stop reading! This is by far one of the most awesome books I’ve read!
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- Update: I also really appreciate that the author put in some sort of teaching, mainly for Ellery. She was too determined and thought she could solve a mystery as big as that, rather than the policemen. So, when she realized that she could trust the cops to do their job at the end, it let her know she could count on them and that she also didn’t have to worry as much about future problems.
How can Officer Rodriguez be Ellery and Ezras dad if he is and quote, “We’re, like, five years younger than you.”
I can’t get passed this plot hole! What in the world!!!