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#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Book Review: You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

My dear bookish friends!

From the queen of teen thrillers comes a new captivating story that you won’t want to miss! What I love about McManus’s books is that I can always rely on them to captivate me, to make me want to keep on reading until I figure out the who’s and what’s of the story, and of course, to figure out the great mystery that lies at the bottom of her books! I haven’t read all her books yet but she has became an insta-buy for me, and I will definitely catch up with all the rest!

Read on to find out what You’ll Be the Death of Me is about, and for my detailed review!

The Blurb

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?

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.

Publisher: Penguin

Length: 336 Pages

Publishing: 30th November 2021



My Review:

Ivy, Mateo and Cal are all at points in their lives where everything seems to go downhill. Before high school started, they were great friends, until life pulled them apart. At the beginning of senior year thoufh they are reunited, but the reason for that might be crazier than they could have ever dreamed. Who would have thought they would end up together again, trying to find their dead classmate’s murderer before THEY become the suspects?

I loved that their past strong bonds were so important in this one, and that they could rely on them and the fundament of their friendship to find their way back to each other. Furthermore, the slowly blossoming romance between two of them gains importance just as the murder mystery is slowly uncovered – so you end up gripping the edge of your seat because not only do you want to see them end up together AND find out who the murderer is, but also you start to understand more of how the characters work, what their internal conflicts are, and how they struggle with the problems lying in front of them.

What I loved about You’ll Be the Death of Me, and so many other McManus books, is that all the characters appear to be mere shallow shells at first. They appear very clichéd and one-dimensional when they are first introduced, but as the story progresses and you find out more of their backgrounds and lives, their true characters are exposed little by little, and in the end it is always a big surprise (or should I say shock) to find out their true motives.

Another thing I love about this author is that she always writes such complex stories. You might not realise it at first, but in the end, when all the secrets are uncovered and the twists and turns start to make sense, you will see how tightly woven and complex the plot really is, and that it is really impossible to guess the solution until the very end – even though you might think you have it right, the books will take another turn and surprise you!

Fast-paced, full of teen angst, high school problems, dark secrets and impossible discoveries, You’ll Be the Death of Me is perfect for all fans of YA mystery thrillers that captivate you and don’t let you go until you have reached the end.

4.5 stars from me!

Thank you all so much for reading, and do let me know if you will read You’ll Be the Death of Me!



And last but by no means least, a HUGE thank you to TheWriteReads, the author, and Penguin for my spot on this tour, as well as my ecopy that I received in exchange for my honest review!

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 or @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

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