Today I have another blog tour for you all, this time it’s for You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook!
Thank you Raincoast Books for having me be a part of this blog tour!
Let’s jump into it!
Release Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Thriller
17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.
But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.
Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.
This novel was a wild ride from the very start. I definitely didn’t have a hard time getting into the plot or storyline one bit. Eileen Cook does an incredible job at keeping the reader at the edge of their seat for a majority of the novel.
There was suspense throughout this novel which kept me pinned to the edge of my seat. Typically when I read a YA Thriller I am quick to figure out the conclusion or plot twist of the novel, but with this book I found it very hard to nail down the twist. That was a very pleasant surprise for me.
Kim was an interesting main character to follow. I found myself really loving her growth and progression throughout the novel and never found any quirks or personality traits I didn’t enjoy. She was also a very intelligent character who thought everything through before she did something, which was definitely refreshing to see. It was interesting to follow her and leave the book wondering what she did or might do.
The writing in this novel was fantastic. It was compelling and interesting and didn’t leave room for you to want to put the book down. There were a lot of misdirections and plot twists throughout the novel which made it even more fun to read.
All in all I thought this novel was a wonderful YA thriller that is definitely worth picking up. It will keep you on your toes and you’ll fly through it!
Question and Answer with the Author:
Q: How do you think your time counselling people with injuries and illness influenced your writing?
A: Counselling is great training for people interested in writing because it’s focused on understanding people, what motivates them and how they cope with challenges. All things we need to know about our characters. My focus on people with injuries and illness meant that I was comfortable working with individuals who were often struggling with one of the most challenging times of their life. Because we challenge characters in our books, understanding how real people cope helps me write characters who feel more three-dimensional.
I also believe that counselling helped me realize that people are rarely all good or all bad. We’re complicated. There are good people who make bad decisions and bad people who occasionally do the right thing. Understanding that gives me a lot of empathy for all characters- including those who might be considered villains.
That concludes my review for You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook!
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