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.
What I Enjoyed
You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus is my newest guilty pleasure. Fast-paced, gripping, dark, and thrilling, I stayed glued to the pages from beginning to end.
I enjoyed the play on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but with dangerous twist after dangerous twist and loads of suspense. This novel starts with the fun of an unplanned adventure like the group had many years ago but quickly turns dark as the stakes get higher and higher. So many secrets are hinted at and later revealed. So many that my head was swimming in all the twists they brought to the story. The story is laser-focused on the mystery at hand, and because of that, I found the mystery gripping and well-thought-out. Not a plot gap to be found anywhere.
I enjoyed the well-developed characters. It’s not easy to develop characters who harbor such important secrets, yet each slowly and strategically reveals layer after layer of themselves as the story unfolds. They each are relatable and, I think, ultimately likable.
Being told from three perspectives could have been confusing in any other book, but in this tale, it creates another layer of suspense and heightens the tension. As I grew to care about each character and their relationships, I also was made privy to things that could derail the progress made. This keeps those pages turning faster and faster.
Reminds Me Of
You’ll Be the Death of Me has all the delightful deviousness of other books by McManus with a twist on an all-time favorite tale in Ferris Buller’s Day Off.
What I Wish
I love my guilty pleasures, so what more can I wish for a story that tops that list. NOTHING!
The three main characters are Ivy Sterling-Shepherd, Mateo Wojcik, and Calvin O’Shea-Wallace.
Ivy lives with her mother, father, and brother Daniel. She strives not to get lost in her younger brother’s shadow. It pushes her, molds her, and defines her.
Mateo is being raised by his single mother. His cousin, Autumn, is more like a sister to him now that she lives with Mateo and his mother after her parents passed away.
Cal is being raised by his two dads, one of which is an administrator at a local college.
They all have a great support system in their loving families, and together they solve the mystery of who killed one of their classmates.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love dark, twisty tales with plenty of secrets and lots of fast-paced sleuthing, You’ll Be the Death of Me is your next guilty pleasure.
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.