Hello readers! Welcome to my stop on the Ultimate Blog Tour for You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M. McManus! Thank you to Dave @The_WriteReads for including me in this tour and also to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this book!
Title: You’ll Be The Death of Me
Author: Karen M McManus
Genre: YA, Mystery/Thriller
Published: November 30th, 2021 (Penguin)
Synopsis: Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.
Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up…again.
So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say…
Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.
It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.
Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?
Thank you to the publisher, Penguin, and NetGalley for providing this eARC as part of a blog tour with The Write Reads in exchange for an honest review.
Ivy, Mateo and Cal used to be close friends, but have drifted apart, until one day in high school, when they are all having a terrible start to the day. None of them are eager to face their problems and so they decide to skip school and head into the city, just like old times, but things turn awkward within minutes. What initially promised to be a dull day quickly takes a turn when the trio spot another student from their school also skipping and out of curiosity follow him – only to walk into the scene of his murder. As they try to figure out what happened, it becomes clear that each of them is hiding something and they have just been caught up in something bigger than they realize.
I have literally had my fingers crossed for this ARC since January this year, so I may have screamed when I actually got it and also read it about six months in advance because I couldn’t bear the suspense. Anything Karen McManus writes is an auto add to my TBR at this point, and book after book continues to prove that decision right – this was no exception. While admittedly, it took me a while to really get into the story because the first couple of chapters were kind of slow, what was different about this book was that unlike the author’s previous books, the story takes place over the span of a single day, which meant things picked up pretty quickly and made it impossible to put the book down.
This was a quick and easy read and the plot comes together beautifully in a series of well executed twists and the reveal at the climax of the story took me completely by surprise. The three main characters were intriguing and I was very impressed with how much character development this book managed to fit in for each of them despite the rapid pace and shorter length. The side characters were pretty good too, though I do wish that the culprit had more page time and they could have definitely been fleshed out better so the big reveal wouldn’t have been so out of the blue.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the open ending. When it comes to mysteries and thrillers, I find it really annoying when the plot isn’t wrapped up thoroughly. Throwing in a twist like that on literally the last page is just not fair, especially when, despite this ending leaving scope for a sequel, it didn’t feel like there was going to be one. I do hope I’m wrong about this though, because I spent several hours trying to think about what might happen in a potential sequel. Also, while this was a marvelously constructed read, I think the YA high school drama setting is starting to feel a bit overdone. It might just be that I’ve thoroughly outgrown this type of story, but I would love to see something different in her next book.
Overall, this was another amazing read from Karen McManus, and while it wasn’t quite up to the same mark as The Cousins, it was entertaining and certainly kept me at the edge of my seat. You’ll Be The Death of Me should definitely be on your TBR this December and I can’t wait to see what she writes next! Highly recommended!
About the Author
Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thriller/mystery novels, including One of Us Is Lying, One of Us Is Next, Two Can Keep A Secret and The Cousins. You’ll Be The Death of Me will be her next novel, publishing December 2021.
Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels.
For more information, visit http://www.karenmcmanus.com or @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.
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