You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen McManus #BookReview

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Ivy, Mateo and Cal used to be close – best friends back in middle school.

Now all they have in common is a bad day. So for old time’s sake they skip school together – one last time.

But when the trio spot Brian ‘Boney’ Mahoney ditching class too, they follow him – right into a murder scene.

They all have a connection to the victim. And they’re ALL hiding something.

When their day of freedom turns deadly, it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out . . .

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I absolutely loved the previous novel The Cousins so much that I pre-ordered You’ll Be The Death of Me and when it arrived I was even more excited to read it because it had beautiful deep purple page edges and a gleaming title on the cover (if you want to see check my Instagram page).

I truly love these multiple character novels. Not always but when Karen McManus writes them you will never ever hear me complaining. Has she written a novel yet with only one main character and one POV? Unless I’m mistaken I don’t think so but I don’t want her to change that, somehow she just always makes it work. The three main characters of this novel are all Carlton High students, a runner-up for class president (Ivy), her old high-school crush (Mateo), and the one with two dads but no friends (Cal). They are skipping school together because for various reasons they all need it that day and before you know it they stumble upon a dead body. They flee the scene when the police comes rolling in but when they hear one of them was spotted at the scene they have no choice but to find out who the killer is themselves.

With combined efforts they make good headway into finding out who killed their classmate. To succeed in finding the killer they do have to share the secrets they hold close at heart though. The first surprise is already the fact that Cal knows the person who owns that studio where their classmate was killed better than the others thought. What is it they say about still waters? Along the way the others reveal their own secrets too and it means that even more people will get involved in this tangled mess and might be very well be in danger. The only way out of this is to find out who the killer is before the killer finds them.

This is another solid Young Adult novel with likeable and interesting characters, and a real surprise ending. I knew who the culprit wasn’t but I actually didn’t find out the identity of the killer. I know I should have, but I didn’t and I can’t believe I missed it, but then maybe I was too entertained by the shenanigans of this wonderful trio.

I bought a paper copy of this novel. This is my honest opinion.


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