You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen McManus – Ultimate Blog Tour

A huge thanks to Dave and crew over at #TheWriteReads for organising this ultimate book tour and to Karen M. McManus, Penguin and Netgally for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand new addictive thriller.

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 . . .
It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder, perfect for fans of One Of Us Is Lying and A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. This explosive new thriller is impossible to put down.

Publisher: Penguin

Length: 336 Pages

Publishing: 30th November 2021



My Thoughts

Narrated by the three main characters and taking place through the span of one day, You’ll Be The Death Of Me is a fast paced crime thriller which keeps the pages turning and the brain ticking all the way through.

Mateo, Ivy and Cal were best friends who have drifted apart.  All feeling down and fed up for various reasons, they decide to try and recreate their best ever day but become distracted by another student ditching school.  What they weren’t expecting is to be in the middle of a murder scene with a victim they have links to and a lot of secretes to hide. 

Young adult this may be however it is highly entertaining, tense and a lot of fun!

I loved how the narration alternated between the three main characters and gave a different perspective and thoughts to events.  Each chapter drew me into that character’s narrative but then often a curve ball is thrown in the next chapter completely changing my perceptions and suspicions.  This meant I quickly became suspicious of everyone which was a lot of fun for me.

Be open minded when reading – the characters are teens and will act and behave like teens which is often frustrating to older readers but it’s important to try and put yourself in those adolescent shoes.  I actually found the adults in the book more frustrating.  If you allow yourself to relax into the nostalgia of being younger (unless you are still younger) and go with it the novel is such an enjoyable experience. 

A great, YA crime novel which has left me very curious about donuts with Cheeto dust on them.    

Author Bio – Karen M. McManus

Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us Is Next. Her fourth novel, The Cousins, will publish in December 2020. 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.

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