You’ll Be The Death Of Me by Karen M. McManus

Welcome to my stop in the You’ll Be The Death Of Me book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and the publisher Penguin for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.

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Title: You’ll Be The Death Of Me
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Penguin
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: 30th November

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

You’ll Be The Death Of Me is actually the very first Karen M. McManus book that I’ve ever read, (yes I have been living under a rock) and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Thrillers are generally not my go-to genre, but I really liked its pacing and how well all of the characters went together.

The main focus of You’ll Be The Death Of Me was the characters, and they really shone off the page. I loved how individual they all were, and nothing about them felt forced or unnatural. You could really see how their friendship had drifted apart and how small little lies spiralled out of control. I have to admit my favourite character was Ivy, purely because of how analytical she was with all her decisions.

When I first started You’ll Be The Death Of Me, I found it to be a little bit slow, which left me a little nervous, but I had nothing to worry about because it quickly picked up the pace and left me desperate to carry on. The beginning does well to set up the story, but I could have done with it being that little bit shorter, so I got invested that little bit quicker. But once it gets going, it doesn’t stop until you reach the last page.

If you are looking for a really gripping Young Adult thriller you can’t go wrong with You’ll Be The Death Of Me.