I am in shock. I just finished this book, and my mind is literally blown. I am pretty sure I just sat there after the last sentence just re-reading it over and over again. WHAT JUST HAPPENED! I then snapped back into reality and googled the ending, looking for people’s theories on what it meant. Reddit really came through for me and blew me away even more! If you haven’t read this book then PLEASE DO before you read the rest of the review, it will have spoilers.
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.
Karen McManus and Thrillers
Why does Karen McManus write such amazing YA Thrillers?! They are like pieces of art. Each one I have read just sucks me in and spits me out. It is like a roller coaster; you wait in line for hours, you are on the ride for 5 minutes and you are then left wondering what just happened because it was so amazing. That is how I am with her books, they are always set up so well, her characters are interesting and her plots are nuts! I am not one for trying to figure out the plot in her books, because I never can! She throws so many twists and turns that I never know what to expect next, and that is what I love so much about her writing style. As someone who doesn’t really read thrillers, she just keeps me wanting more. She was the first thriller author that I have read, and she has introduced me to a wonderful book genre that I have been craving in my life. I have read all of her books now and I can’t wait for her next book to come out in December. Thank you, Karen, for being an amazing author!
Why I Love This Book
There are honestly a million reasons why this book is everything, but the main thing is that each character plays an important role. This book follows Ellery and Ezra as they move in with their grandma while their mom is in rehab. Completely uprooting their life and moving to a new town for their senior year was not what they were wanting but after driving home from the airport and seeing a dead body on the road, they know this year won’t be the same. Malcolm and Ellery are determined to figure out what happened to Brooke, not only because it might put Ellery in danger, but Malcolm doesn’t want to be pegged for murder like his brother! The interesting part of this book is that we get to see Malcolm’s perspective, which is really different than the other characters because of his brother Decan, who was accused of murdering Lacey but they could never prove it. I enjoy how Ezra, Officer Rodriguez, Mia, Daisy, Viv, and Katrine all play such important roles in what is going on throughout this book. Even the secondary characters are still essential, and I love that it is more than just Ellery and Malcolm.
The Ending (SPOILERS)
Wild, it’s just wild. Who ends a book like that? Karen McManus does clearly, but still. After finally discovering that Peter was behind the death of Lacey and Brooke and attempted to kill Ellery and Malcolm, they are all together again at a party. The last sentence in this book is, I thought she was your mother. When I first read this, I was confused, who was who’s mother? I didn’t understand what was happening, I read that last page over and over again. It wasn’t until I came across a Reddit thread that I had realized those were the words Peter said to Malcolm. This means that Peter killed Sarah, Ellery’s aunt, thinking that it was her mom, Sadie! Peter was behind the whole string of killings in Echo Ridge; he ruined this town and her family. This was the most amazing ending I ever read! While it was confusing at first, it left so much up for interpretation and thinking. It really left the reader wanting more!
Moral Of The Story: This book is nuts, the last sentence is just life-altering!