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You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus | Ultimate Blog Tour

You’ll Be the Death of Me
Author: Karen McManus
Pages: 336
Genre: YA | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 30th November 2021

Buy the Book: Amazon

Happy Friday everyone! It’s finally the weekend and I’m very excited to sit and read the whole time! I have a super exciting blog post for you today as it’s my stop on The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus! I’ve been a big fan of McManus for a couple of years now and I can never resist reading any of her new books. After the blog tour for The Cousins last year, I was so excited to see that TWR was doing another one for her new YA thriller!

Thank you to The Write Reads, the publisher and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the blog tour.


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.

My Review

As soon as I saw the blog tour for You’ll Be the Death of Me, I instantly had to sign up. I read One of Us is Lying a few years ago and McManus became an instant buy author for me and all of her books since have amazed me. I’m so glad to say that she’s done it again with this one as well! You’ll Be the Death of Me is an incredible, gripping young adult thriller that will leave you wanting more.

Much like her other books, this story is told in the perspective of multiple teenage characters, but this time we meet Ivy, Mateo and Cal. I love how we get to learn so much about these main characters with a bit of their backstory and also seeing them overcome their own obstacles. With each of them having such different and distinct personalities, it makes the characters lovable, realistic and very interesting to get to know. Once they find out that cutting school to recreate the Best Day Ever, may have turned into the worst, I really couldn’t get through the pages fast enough to find out what happens.

What started out as a spontaneous trip to Boston, quickly turned into a terrifying escape from a murder scene and the police. The whole plot totally shocked me and kept me on the edge of my seat. But, the ending had me completely floored. It’ll keep you guessing throughout though you’ll have it finished in no time because it’s such an easy, quick read.

Overall, You’ll Be the Death of Me is a captivating, addictive thriller full of secrets and suspense, that will have you hooked until the very end. Among the murder, mystery, cute romance and indescribable twists, this has everything you could want from a McManus book and more.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.


26 November 2021 at 11:59 pm

Loved your review, Ellie! I feel the same about Karen M. McManus’ books and can’t wait to read the rest of this one. Such an exciting blog tour

2 December 2021 at 6:47 am

Fab review, I’m so glad you enjoyed it Ellie Mai!

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