“Welcome to life in a small town. You’re only as good as the best thing your family’s done. Or the worst.”
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.
I had such high hopes going into the book considering I absolutely adored One of Us Is Lying. I am so pleased to say that this book did not let me down, I actually think I liked it a little bit more which I did not think was possible. I found this book so creepy and eerie, I definitely did not want to read it in the dark, or leave my bed EVER. It literally sent shivers up my spine.
I feel like this book was notably more YA compared to One of Us Is Lying however this did not have an impact on my reading experience. Trigger Warnings for murder, rape, substance abuse and grief. However I would like to add that Karen M. McManus has a way of treating delicate subjects wonderfully, she does them justice and promotes them so well. I definitely would still pick this book up despite the trigger warnings if you feel that you can.
Karen’s writing style really shone when reading this book, it was fast paced, creepy and it kept me gripped from start to finish. Again, I read this book in one sitting as I just could not put it down. I didn’t even guess who had done it, I guessed every other character but not this one. All signs pointed to him/her now I think about it however I was so absorbed in the story I lost my ability to think logically … clearly. Ha!
The characters were wonderful and I really made a connection with them. I would also like to note that I DID NOT miss the mean girls quote, I tabbed the s**t out of that quote I loved that it had been dropped in.
“Ezra watches them leave with a bemused expression, and then turns to me. I have a really strong feeling that on Wednesdays they wear pink”
YES EZRA. Of course they wear pink on Wednesdays, who doesn’t wear pink on Wednesdays. I love this reference. I love Mean Girls. And I LOVE this book.
If you were a fan of One of Us Is Lying then you definitely need to pick this book up. Actually, regardless of the above PICK THIS BOOK UP. You will be hooked instantly!