You Owe Me a Murder
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 wa ...more
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Kim is a seventeen year old high school student who had signed up to go on the school trip to London back when she and her boyfriend were together. Having just broken up with him though she’s not looking forward to a couple of weeks in a foreign country watching him with his new girl ...more
Let me start out by saying I love the title of this book! It's catchy and pulls you in right away.
Kim travels to Europe for a study abroad trip and her ex boyfriend and his new girlfriend happen to be on the same trip. Talk about awful! But, her luck seems to be arising when she meets a new girl Nicki on the plane and they instantly bond as friends. Soon things start to heat up with gossip between Nicki and Kim. Nicki suggests that ...more
You Owe Me A Murder seems like a typical ya thriller at first: mc, Kim is in the airport waiting to go to London on a trip arranged for high schoolers with her ex, Connor, and his new girlfriend. She's miserable and dreading the trip and more than a little angry at Connor. Yes, this sounds familiar, I know.
Then we meet Nicki. She's British, on her way home, a ...more
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I have to say, this book was honestly so much fun. Lately I’ve been really into thrillers, and usually YA thrillers aren’t my favorite, but this one really captured the fun of other thrillers I’ve read. This book is about Kim, who meets a stranger at an airport during a flight delay who she bonds with – and unwittingly ends up in the middle of a murder plot.
The plot ...more
The combination of short sentences (better, in my opinion, for academic writing than fiction) and lack of emotionalism just did me in. This style holds up throughout the book, which made it hard for me to care abo ...more
When Kim is stuck on a summer program to London with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, she's not exactly in her happy place. She thought sh ...more
A quick read for teens that features a Canadian high schooler plunged unwillingly into a murder pact with an English girl she meets on the plane to London. The book is obviously an homage to Patricia Highsmith's 1950 novel Strangers On A Train, which was made into a memorably creepy Hitchcock film. Kim, the Canadian teenager and bitter ex-girlfriend of a boy who is also along for their student trip abroad, is both dryly intelligent abo ...more
The book itself, not quite as much. I feel much the same as I did after reading With Malice: unsatisfied. But also the same with With Malice, I applaud Eileen Cook's wonderful, easy to read writing, and her skill to make a slow burn/pace still entertaining. But the middle section WAS a good deal slow, and I would have completely forgiven that if the ending had been worth it, but for me, it lacked. After all the ...more
Nicki was frustratingly menacing, and that's a compliment. I was SO UPSET with her at every turn, and my brain was twisting, re: what on Earth could Kim do? What would I do in ...more
To make matters worse, she also doesn't have any way to contact Nicki. She doesn't even know her last name, where she lives or where she could be.
Also, because Kim didn't mention that she kn ...more
I haven’t read an unreliable-narrator story in almost a year now, and this one didn’t disappoint! It was riveting! Every time you think you have it figured out, the author throws you off with a new reveal.
Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy.
Kim is a 17-year old who meets a stranger at the airport during a delay during a trip to London with her ex and his ...more
But at the gate waiting for her flight to London, she meets Nicki, a British girl who was in Canada visiting her family. Nicki seems cool and sophisticated and Kim instantly likes her. On the plane, Kim and Nicki tal ...more
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Kim is the main character here. She is on a school trip to London that her boyfriend and his new girlfriend are also on. She meets Nikki on the plane and they bond over their dislike towards Kim's ex and Nikki's mother. A few days into the trip, Kim's ex is killed and it becomes evident that there is so ...more
Kim is on a study abroad trip with her ex boyfriend and his new girlfriend and she couldn't be more miserable. But on the plane, she meets Nicki and they bond instantly. But after downing most of a bottle of stolen vodka, Nicki suggests that that she murder Kim's ex and Kim can murder her mother, an alcoholic drowning in her addiction. Kim falls asleep and when she wakes up, it's time to land and Nicki is back in her seat ...more
I want to preface this review with the fact that for the most part, I enjoyed this book. Murder, mystery, intrigue, and all set in the UK? It was meant to be a winner for me!
The implausibility of the plot and things that occur in the novel, however, kept me from enjoying this book fully. The author does a great job of pacing and of describing and unfolding events themselves, but for me the events of the book just weren't. ...more
Ugh, the ending killed this one for me. It was so easy, such a cheat. It made me feel horribly let down because a lot of the book was actually pretty okay.
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, but at best this book only really deserves 3.5. Parts of it are kind of ridiculous. It’s basically about a book smart girl who is incredibly clingy (think Isla Fisher in Wedding Crashers) and insecure. I know ...more
And what would you do if your ex-boyfriend was killed while on this school trip to London right in front of you in the exact manner as you had written down on that airplane? This is the situation ...more
This book has a slow start, but I really enjoyed it towards the end when more information was given about Nicki. I do think the middle was sort of fluffy in content and dwelled too much on the inner ramblings of Kim, but what can you do? The idea of Nicki is extremely interesting and her personality and manipulative ways makes her a fearsome character that you have to watch for in the story.
It's an exciting twisty thriller, but more than that it's a compelling character-centric story . Kim is such an awesome heroine -- relatable but also with a fantastic character arc from terror to sheer kickassery. Nicki is coldly manipulative, and makes for a believably formidable villain. And I just love how awesomely nerdy and sweet Alex the love interest is.
Thanks Raincoast Books for the ARC.
You Owe Me A Murder is a contemporary YA thriller about a young girl named Kim who travels abroad and gets wrapped up in a murder pact she desperately wants out of. I thought this was a fast paced book with lots of twists and turns. Loved the story line and it kept us interested throughout. I do wish the ending had a bit more excitement but all in all a good book.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.