“Welcome to life in a small town. You’re only as good as the best thing your family’s done. Or the worst.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
This book was one hell of a ride to say the least. I feel like I went on a bit of a journey with this book when I was trying to figure out what my rating would be because I thought for a while it was going to be three stars…but then the end happened. And even though I read this a few weeks ago I still cannot for the life of me completely decide if I liked this one or One of Us is Lying better. I figured though, that I should probably just write my review now instead of putting it off even longer because knowing how indecisive I am that day may never come!
What I liked
🍂 Setting. I loved the setting of Echo Ridge. Hello, fall and haunted theme park. I am here for it. This was a pretty big reason of why I was sucked into the story so early, but I really enjoyed the small town, everyone is in everyone else business type of feel. Mainly because I can absolutely relate to this from growing up in my hometown but also because it worked super well with Ellery’s family history.
🔪 The killer. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with who the killer was. I had them added to my list of suspects but I will be the first to admit the author did a really great job of making me look the other way for the majority of this book.
👫 Strong sibling relationships. Ellery and her twin brother may come from a rather broken family but their relationship is strong and I always love books that include that.
👀 The last sentence. Y’all I am SHOOK, like, actually rocked to my core over not even the ending but the last freaking sentence. I thought the book was going to be a solid three stars but then I read the last sentence and my mind was absolutely blown and I immediately had to bump it up to four stars. I could not believe the author pulled that off at the very end. It was like a punch in the gut, a slap across the face, and “bitch WHAT?!?!?!” moment all wrapped in one.
🗣 Audiobook narrator. For all my audiobook lovers! The narrators were awesome for the switching POV’s and just like the audiobook of One of Us is Lying they sucked me right into the story. I highly recommend both audiobooks for anyone looking to jump into the author’s books.
What I Didn’t Like
📈 Pacing. My only real complaint with this one was the pacing. The book started out super solid and I was invested quickly into the world and the story, but then it kind of started to fizzle out. It definitely wasn’t as fast paced as One of Us is Lying and as the pacing starting to die down about halfway through I thought I was going to end up giving this three stars. But then the last 10 or so pages happened followed by the last sentence and the rest was history, but I still wish the middle would have had just a tad bit more tension and action in it.
And there you have it, folks!
Until next time,