Book Review: You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

Title: You’ll Be The Death of Me
Author: Karen M. McManus
Release Date: December 2, 2021
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Rating: ★★★★

Thank you to Write Reads Tours and Penguin for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!


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 . . .


I love a good McManus mystery and enjoy attempting to solve them next to our protagonists. There are always some final twists I never see coming and You’ll Be the Death of Me really got me good. It wasn’t her typical set up and actually takes place in a day, but that just added to the suspense. While it’s not my favorite book by her, it was definitely an enjoyable read.

Three old friends decide to link up again and skip school for what turns out to the worst day ever. There’s a murder, drugs and deceit. Honestly they’d have been better off staying at school but where’s the fun in that? Not only do we have all that happening, but why the trios friendship ended is finally dissected and some other truths come to light. It was a fast paced and fun read that I couldn’t put down.

The trio had great chemistry even with their initial awkwardness. I truly had no idea where the story was going or the rabbit hole we’d fall into with Cal, Matteo and Ivy. I love a good murder mystery and this one was so well laid out, so many twists and turns that I wasn’t able to predict. If you’re looking for a quick yet mysterious read you won’t be disappointed.

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.


2 responses to “Book Review: You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M. McManus”

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    Ellie Rayner

    Fab review!!

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