Karen McManus continues with her intriguing teen mystery novels, this time in a new setting, but an even more twisted tale! Ellery and her brother, Ezra, are sent to live with their grandma in Echo Ridge, and as soon as they arrive, strange things begin to happen. A huge fan of true crime, Ellery learns about the tragic past of its town, with the disappearances of Homecoming Queens, one of whom was her aunt. Malcolm, a resident of the town and younger brother of the prime suspect from the last disappearance, shows up at the wrong place at the wrong time when warnings begin to appear across town, cautioning citizens that the kidnapper will strike again. Can he and Ellery solve the case before it's too late? The author presents a strong addition to the mystery genre, and she does so in a great way that revolves around teenagers and uses techniques for uniqueness and modernity. So many questions pop up and, like any good mystery, plenty of people are keeping secrets and sneaking around town, keeping the reader in the dark until the climax. While this book was incredibly enjoyable to read as soon as it came out, I found that I did not enjoy this one as much as her previous title, "One Of Us Is Lying." My reasoning is because in this book, you only hear from Malcolm and Ellery's point of view, where in the previous book, you heard from four different characters, having a stronger sense of character depth and development. This book didn't have that as much, and there were some really interesting minor characters who deserved more attention. While in this reviewers opinion, this book wasn't as enjoyable as her debut, if you like her work, this will still satisfy and make you want to continue to read whatever twisting plot she comes up with next! Enjoy the read!
Forced to return to the picturesque town where her aunt went missing as a teen and a homecoming queen was murdered five years earlier, Ellery navigates an anonymous assailant's threats about the school's homecoming events while uncovering dark community secrets. By the best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying. Simultaneous eBook.