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Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Back in middle school they were best friends. 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 heartthrob Mateo is asleep in the backseat, too cool to even pretend like he wants to be there. The truth is they have nothing in common anymore.
At least they don't until they run into the fourth student ditching school that day. Brian "Boney" Mahoney is supposed to be accepting his newly won office of class president. Which is why Ivy follows him into an empty building, only to 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.
I’ve been enjoying McManus’ work for years now, and I’m always excited to see she has a new book out. I normally find her thrillers captivating, intriguing, and… well, thrilling. The last couple though (this, and The Cousins) have felt a little off for me.
I don’t know what it is. Perhaps I’m outgrowing YA thrillers, in which case this is definitely a Me Problem. However, considering I read and still loved One of Us is Next only a couple of years ago, I wonder if I’m struggling with some of her plots in particular.
You’ll Be the Death of Me follows three students, none of which stood out to me at all. The three of them are old friends who are shoved back together by accident, and of course they become involved in a mdr mystery. I wasn’t
particularly engaged with any of their points of view, which is a shame. I remember loving the characters in One of Us is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and even the characters in The Cousins had something about them (that could have been the almost incest, lol).
I think part of the reason I didn’t love this one is the overall concept of the book. I find that I really like small town mrdr mysteries and isolated mysteries on tiny, gloomy islands, but anything to do with the bigger city or dugs really doesn’t appeal to me.
The twists in this book were also a little mediocre compared to some of McManus’ others. While I didn’t hate them, they felt a little flat once they were revealed. I just… didn’t care?
All that said, this wasn’t a bad book. I just don’t think You’ll Be the Death of Me is McManus’ best. I hope to see her return to form in the next One of Us is Lying sequel, though.