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Description: You'll Be the Death of Me : Paperback : Penguin Random House Children's UK : 9780241473665 : : 01 Dec 2022 : From the international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new addictive thriller. The Book Depository You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Bookshortie

Rating: 5

Review: Ivy, Mateo and Cal are all students at Carlton High. They were once close friends after skipping school together which they dubbed ‘the Greatest Day Ever’. They then drifted apart and became strangers. When they bump into each other they decide to skip school again. However, if they think they will be able to recreate another ‘Greatest Day Ever’ they are wrong when they stumble across a body and a murder scene. This is one day that the trio will never forget. Will they discover the motive behind the murder? When personal secrets are revealed how will this affect the group dynamic? I am a big fan of Karen M. McManus and I have been ever since I read One of us is Lying so I was eagerly awaiting publication of this book. The author truly is the Queen of teen crime. This book was just brilliant and definitely kept me guessing throughout. I was on the edge of my seat whilst reading and the twist at the end I didn’t see coming. As with all of the author’s other books, this story was well structured and engrossing. The book was fast paced especially when the trio find themselves on the run and trying to solve a murder at the same time. There were many layers to the story. It starts with a group of teenagers skipping school, discovering a dead body and then a wider conspiracy unfolds which added more characters and depth to the story. The characters felt believable, real and were all from different backgrounds. They were a real mix. Ivy comes from a privileged background and from a household of over achievers. Mateo studies as well as working multiple jobs to support his cousin Autumn and his mother who suffers from osteoarthritis. As for Cal he creates web comics including one based on the ‘Greatest Day’ and appeared the most insecure in the group. The chapters switched between Ivy, Mateo and Cal and gave the reader an insight into their background and also the secrets they kept and why. As for Crave Doughnuts it sounded absolutely fascinating. There is a passage in the book just before the end that mentioned the calm before the storm and when I got to the last chapter I realised what that meant. This book had a jaw dropping ending that was unexpected. Highly recommended to fans of the author both new and old.

 

Author: Shane Brown

Rating: 3

Review: This is where the Karen McManus novels hit a bump in the road. This is the fifth YA novel she has published over the course of the last few years, and it simply isn't as good. Each of the books are written in the same way - chapters told in the first person, switching from character to character. It's been a good run, but you can't keep writing in exactly the same format and expect it to remain fresh and exciting. And this is the one where it starts to unravel. It's not as cleverly plotted as the others, and it just feels rather routine. That's not to say that it's bad or not entertaining, but the vibrancy of the other books is missing, and there's the feeling here that one gets when a TV series reaches it's fourth season and it just starts to get repetitive.

 

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