Quote from ‘August TBR’, written 2/8, posted 7/8: “Echo Ridge experienced its first tragic loss in 1995 when high-school senior Sarah Corcoran vanished while walking home from the library. Then five years ago, homecoming queen Lacey Kilduff was found dead in the aptly named Murderland Halloween park. Now, the killer claims to be back. A small town keeps losing its homecoming queens. Two murders, still unsolved. I am SO excited to read this! I loved One of Us is Lying so much last month (check out my blog post for more details), so when I saw the author had a second book out, I almost had a heart attack. I ordered it straight away and I will absolutely fly through it but I am so excited!”
I was right, I did fly through it. But not because I absolutely loved it, like I thought I was going to, but because I just wanted to get it over with and read something more interesting.
Overall, I just wasn’t loving it. Ellery and her theories and constant nagging and investigating got boring quickly. She fancied the guy but was more bothered about solving the mysteries than getting with him, which infuriated me, really. She got told multiple times to leave it, and she didn’t, which I know would’ve made the story boring if she did, but it was just annoying. I preferred Malcolm so much more, because even though he wanted to investigate and play detective, didn’t compulsively obsess over it and neglect all other aspects of his life because of it. If anything, the only he was so interested was so he could spend time with Ellery, which is adorable, bless him. I would’ve much preferred just Malcolm’s perspective.
The whole Sadie/Ellery/Ezra thing… ugh. It felt unnecessary, derailed the storyline, and just dragged the book out longer than it needed to be. I wished Ezra and Mia had bigger parts than they did, because I thought they were miles more interesting than anyone else!
And the ending…
I must admit, I didn’t think it would be who it was, which made it interesting, but it felt a bit rushed at the end, and not very well explained. It felt like it was slow build up, slow build up, slow build up, boom they did it, boom they’re in prison, boom the end. I wished the ending had a chapter from the killer’s perspective, so we would learn more about what they did and why they did it, etc.
Overall, it didn’t live up to my expectations, which is partly my fault, because I made those expectations, but coming off of One of Us is Lying, one of my favourite books of the year, I thought it would be better.
Rating: 3 stars
I’d love to know what your thoughts about it were if you’ve read it, and if you disagree with any of the points made. Try to keep comments spoiler free, and private message me on Instagram if you want to talk more in depth, and freely talk about spoilers.