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

“It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder.”

Set to be published in 2nd December, You’ll Be The Death Of Me by Karen M. McManus follows Ivy, Mateo, and Cal. They used to be close in middle school. So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch school and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Why did they stop hanging out, anyway?

As soon as they pull out of the parking lot, Cal knows why. Ivy’s already freaking out about missing class, and the truth is, they have nothing in common anymore. At least they don’t until they walk into the middle of a murder scene. Cal, Ivy, and Mateo all know the person lying on the ground of that building, and now they need to come clean. They’re all hiding something. And maybe their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all.


Today is my stop on The Write Reads Tours for this book. Thank you to The Write Reads and Penguin for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fast-paced and centred around an engaging group of characters, You’ll Be The Death Of Me is an exciting young adult murder mystery that’s easy to enjoy over one sitting.

As someone who is much older than the intended audience and a fan of dark thrillers, this was definitely a very tame crime story for me, but I think it’s a great thriller for young adult readers. Because although the main action itself is minimalised, more about the chase than the standoff, the characters are incredibly likeable and their relationships are very engaging.

Some of the dialogue did feel slightly too immature for its characters’ ages at times, but other than that, I feel like they were brilliantly developed and this experience they are sharing together is a very interesting one. The influence of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is very obvious which I loved, and I certainly had a fun time with this short read.


You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
Release Date: 2nd December 2021
Print Length: 328 pages
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publisher: Penguin


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.

About The Author:

Karen M. McManus is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of young adult thrillers. Her work, which includes the One of Us Is Lying series, Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, and You’ll Be the Death of Me, 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

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