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You Owe Me a Murder

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.

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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After reading two other thrillers by Eileen Cook I knew that I had to read You Owe Me a Murder. Again, just like with the other two books that I had read previously I found myself quite engrossed from the very start.

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
I was super excited to get my approval for You Owe Me a Murder!!

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
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tl;dr: Looking for a contemporary young adult novel that's not afraid to go dark? This one's for you. And for you too! A must *must* read.

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
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
4.5 Stars

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You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook is a high-stakes thriller that is stressful to read, but in a good way. The plot is full of twists and the characters are enjoyable. The writing style is suspenseful and has edge-of-your-seat action that is present throughout the whole story. This is one incredible thriller for those looking to read a unique murder novel.


This book tells the story of a girl who is blackmailed into committing a murder after s
Madison (life uh finds a way)
I had high expectations for this and it didn't really meet them. There was a kind of interesting twist at the end but I felt there was major pacing issues throughout the book. It wasn't a bad read persay and I did really like some aspect of the book but overall, it was just "meh".
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book featured some aggravating characters, that's for sure, and I think I spent most of the book pissed off at how stupid or psycho they were. lol The ship was also wayyyyy too insta-lovey, even for me. And I can usually let it slide.

I hope the other book I own by this author is better, because this one was just plain disappointing.

2 stars.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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Wow this book! I was hooked!

Kim and her boyfriend have recently broken up. She is devastated and heartbroken, and now has to watch him with his newest girlfriend while they all go on a school trip together to England. Kim doesn’t want to see them together, but has no other choice while on the trip.

While at the airport waiting for their flight,
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I was hooked by the title! It was catchy and definitely got my attention. The book though was not what I expected. Aside from that I really do like the author's writing. It was easy to read and the skills of making it entertaining deserve an applaud. Also, I really enjoyed the twist and turns in the book.

Things that didn't really work with me was the ending, it was lacking something. After all the build-up tension, I was expecting something mind-blowing, something jaw drops but it was not in thi
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of HMH Teen through advanced distribution at YALLFest. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

This book was meh for me. That’s the best and first word that comes to mind when I go to describe my experience. It’s such a horrible, horrible way to finish up a read, but also something that I know can be super
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always know I'm in for a good time whenever I read an Eileen Cook novel. They're addictive and entertaining—just the kind of book I love to read in one sitting. And when I first read the awesome plot description for You Owe Me a Murder, I just knew I had to read it right away too. Secrets. Lies. Blackmail. Murder. I was definitely immediately hooked!

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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
4.25 STARS Bumped up to 5 because Eileen Cook set the bar so high for herself. Nobody writes dysfunctional friendships on steroids quite like her.

Awaiting a delayed flight in Vancouver, Kim meets Nicki, who challenges Kim to step outside her comfort zone. On the plane, over a bottle of stolen vodka, Kim commiserates about her ex boyfriend Connor, who’s also on her educational trip to London. Nicki opens up about her alcoholic mum and the two girls joke about killing each other’s “problems” ala S
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG THIS BOOK!!!!! Eileen Cook has done it again with her newest psychological thriller. For fans of twisty, fast paced books with complicated characters, You Owe Me a Murder, is right up your alley. A modern take on Strangers on a Train for our time. It's so clever ans constantly kept me guessing. I really related to Kim, but Nikki was so much fun! I'd love to see a sequel to this.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya
While this feels like it could be tightened up in the middle - there's a little too much of Kim fretting, which doesn't add to the suspense - the twists are good and the story largely fascinating. It was the perfect book to read while home sick.
Kitten Kisser
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered about how the lives of those who are blogged about in very popular blogs may be affected by said blogger? Sadly, I never gave it much thought until meeting Kim. She is the daughter of one of the original Mommy Bloggers. This means her mother is basically a famous Mommy Blogger, making good money for her efforts. This also means that although never referred to by name, Kim's life is blogged about for the world to see. This created an interesting view point. Kim in essence i ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss for a fair and honest review.

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
Kelly Hager
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So obviously this is basically a YA version of Strangers on a Train. I loved the concept, and it's executed perfectly here. Kim is in a strange place where she doesn't know anyone except for her ex (who is THE WORST) and his new girlfriend, and where she doesn't have any sort of a support system to help her.

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
Caroline Bertaud
This is one of the books I expected to love and that totally fulfilled its mission!

17-year-old Kim is about to fly to London for two weeks with a bunch of schoolmates. She’d hoped she could opt out because Connor, a guy from her group, just broke up with her—worse: he’s traveling with his new girlfriend—and she says this much to a newly met flightmate, Nicki. Unlike Kim, Nicki seems fearless. They become instant friends. They do daring things. They laugh. Over vodka, they make a pact—you know th
Chelsea B.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
To start, the title is complete perfection. Catchy, punchy, and fitting. I loooove it.

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
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
YOU OWE ME A MURDER is a solid page-turner whose high concept plot kept me in constant suspense. It's the classic "Strangers on a Train" conceit: two strangers meet and agree to swap murders. Except our protagonist, Kim, never actually agree--she thought they were joking, Nicki, the stranger she meets on a plane, does not.

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
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Devastated after her first break-up, Kim has zero desire to go through with the 2-week-long summer scholar program in London that she signed up for just to be with her now-ex, Connor. When their flight is delayed, though, she meets a girl who will change her thinking; Nicki is confident, smooth, and daring - everything that Kim isn't - and they bond over shared anger towards people in their lives. Nicki offers to take out Connor in exchange for Kim taking out her alcoholic mother, and Kim laughs ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is amazing, but it unfortunately never quite reached its full potential.

Our main character, Kim, was extremely frustrating. She was kind of an idiot and made horrible decisions, and how she tried to deal with Nicki was just stupid. She also came across as slightly crazy when it was revealed she was lying about something pretty big, and I'm still not sure what actually happened with her and Connor. (Speaking of which, I'm annoyed that Miriam dropped such a huge bombshell
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
"You Owe Me a Murder" is a fun and suspenseful thriller set to the backdrop of my favorite city in the world: London. Anyone who has traveled as a student, particularly if you've hit up the UK, will relate to the set-up and the group dynamics-- though thankfully none of my previous EF trips have included murder. Similar to a Gillian Flynn novel, "You Owe Me a Murder" is made for younger fans of murder mystery. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed Maureen Johnson's "Name of the Star" or "Truly Devious" ...more
Olivia Wildenstein
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A tailspin of a mystery complete with an unlikeable main character who somehow turns out endearing.

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.
Meredith Ann
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
An enjoyable read. Eileen Cook has a way with mystery/thrillers for the teen set and it shows here. The prose mirrored the main character perfectly and readers will feel like they're in her head. Some of the reveals I figured out in advance but the main one at the end, I was genuinely not expecting that.
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you HMH Teen for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I enjoyed this book, It was a quick read. Fairly predictable, but overall written well. I feel like it was full of typical teen drama, (strict parents, bad boyfriends, mean girls) and some of it was very reminiscent to my own high school years. I think Cook is going to appeal to a lot of teen readers, and this book is going to do extremely well with them, as Kim is going to be more rela
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the moment you read the title of the book you get a chill and have a good feeling that it's going to be good. If you love thriller books you will definitely not be able to put it down. Normally, I don't read thrillers, but I have read Eileen's other books I had a feeling this one would be the same. It left me definitely shocked and may have caused anxiety with the murder plot.

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
Rebecca Clinite
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What do you do when your ex-boyfriend turns up dead and the murder wants to be paid back?

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.
Ashley Urquhart
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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TL;DR – The plot is so…far-fetched and our protag is just kind of annoying and questionable the entire time.

There are so many things I want to say about this book, but I really don’t want to give any spoilers! Let’s just say that Kim is kind of annoying pretty much the whole time. She’s pining after this guy and is so worried about how other people think of her. It’s crazy to me that her parents pretty much made her go on this trip afte
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Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.