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 enjoyed this so much! Probably a little more than I enjoyed One of Us is Lying. I’ve come to the conclusion that I like mystery “thrillers” more than traditional thrillers. Traditional thrillers I find are hard for me to get into or even want to pick up. Not for lack of trying. I have one on my shelf that I got halfway through and actually liked, but again, finding it hard to want to pick it up and actually read it.
Anyway, back to this book. It’s not really a companion or series continuation to the One of Us is Lying series. This is just a standalone that is AMAZING! I was so hooked. I listened to it as an audiobook while at work and finished it in one shift lol I only stopped for like breaks and lunch (weird I know but I didn’t want to finish it too early.)
The synopsis tells us about Ellery, a teenage girl moving to Echo Ridge with her twin brother Ezra after their mom is put into rehab. Now most synopsis can sometimes spoil things to come in the book. Not this one. Everything it describes happens early on. I, for one, did not see the plot twist coming. Even more I didn’t figure out the reasoning behind it either. Also, I just want to point out that the reasoning behind it all is something to watch out for. I don’t know whether it would be a trigger warning or not, but I just wanted to give a heads up to it.
Now remember how I said I listened to this at work? Well, the very last line of this book had me so shook I was literally standing in the aisle holding the items I was stocking going “Wait what? No. You can’t just end like that. Omg!” Then proceeded to recap the story to my brother when he picked up after I got off lol I thoroughly enjoyed this and rated it a 4.5. Would have been a full 5, but there was one storyline I felt was just a little weaker than the rest. I can definitely see this author being an auto buy for me especially since I already want to read One of Us is Next and her newest book releasing this December (according to Goodreads.)