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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 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 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.  


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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 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 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.  

30 review for You Owe Me a Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 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. When trying to back out of the trip her parents insist she still goes so Kim finds herself sitting next to Nicki as she heads off across the ocean. Nicki and Kim seem to completely hit it off as they both air their complaints to one another which leads to some joking around about swapping murders to make each happy. Thinking this was all some drunken ranting the two part in London but before Kim knows it her ex has a tragic accident…. or was it murder? Again as I have found with the author’s other works this book seems like you have all the cards on the table from the very beginning but yet still pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. There’s something about her style that makes me want to turn the pages faster to find out just what really will happen to these characters in the end. While not super twisty I still completely enjoyed this latest thriller giving it 4 1/2 stars and will definitely be back for more in the future from Eileen Cook. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Can’t live with them, hard to get away with killing them. Kim and Nicki meet on an international flight and after sharing all their woes with each other come to the conclusion that . . . . . “We have the perfect solution, you know,” Nicki said. “Solution for what?” Her eyes glittered like broken glass. “For our problems. I kill your ex. You kill my mum. We both get what we want.” You know what happens next, right????? But Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Can’t live with them, hard to get away with killing them. Kim and Nicki meet on an international flight and after sharing all their woes with each other come to the conclusion that . . . . . “We have the perfect solution, you know,” Nicki said. “Solution for what?” Her eyes glittered like broken glass. “For our problems. I kill your ex. You kill my mum. We both get what we want.” You know what happens next, right????? But nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Especially when . . . . The blurb is spot-on saying You Owe Me a Murder is perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying. I actually enjoyed this YA retelling of a classic a lot more than The Kind Worth Killing and felt the writing was more tightly woven and the various reveals and twists made it un-put-down-able. Recommended to fans of young adult thrillers for sure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    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 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 they make a "list" of why Nicki should murder Kim's ex-boyfriend and why Kim should murder Nicki's alcoholic mother. Kim laughs off this list and falls asleep on the plane thinking that this is harmless. But, the next thing she knows.... Kim's ex boyfriend is killed from jumping or being pushed off a train. What is going on?! Who did this and is Nicki somehow involved? This was an entertaining wild ride that definitely leaves you on the edge of your seat. Eileen does a nice job of adding plenty of suspense to the story but it was a tad predictable for me and knew where the story was going. Kim is soon blackmailed by Nicki and this got a bit over the top for me with the back and forth chase. The middle to end was lagging a tad for me as well but kept reading because I was hoping for that bang of a buck ending with whiplash!!! But, unfortunately the ending was a big let down for me. I felt Eileen took the easy way out with the ending and was hoping for a huge twist. Overall, this was entertaining but was just hoping for a little bit more in this YA thriller. Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Publishing Group for the arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Published to Goodreads: 1/20/19 Publication date: 3/5/19

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This is literally a straight-up retelling of Patricia Highsmith's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, only with teen girls instead of adult men and on a plane instead of a train. I guess we could call this book STRANGERS ON A PLANE, then. I see what you did there, author. I see what you did. The heroine of STRANGERS ON A PLANE - sorry, I mean, YOU OWE ME A MURDER - is Kim. Kim is actually more of an antihero; she's a compulsive liar and pretty unlikab Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This is literally a straight-up retelling of Patricia Highsmith's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, only with teen girls instead of adult men and on a plane instead of a train. I guess we could call this book STRANGERS ON A PLANE, then. I see what you did there, author. I see what you did. The heroine of STRANGERS ON A PLANE - sorry, I mean, YOU OWE ME A MURDER - is Kim. Kim is actually more of an antihero; she's a compulsive liar and pretty unlikable. She's on a trip to England that she didn't even want to be on in the first place, she only signed up because her boyfriend, Connor, was going, too. But now Connor has broken up with her, ditching her for a smaller, more petite model, and Kim is incandescent with betrayal and rage. At the airport, seething over the breakup and trying to hide her despair from her classmates, she meets a British girl named Nicki. Nicki is interesting and brave - all the things that Kim would like to be - and encourages her to steal a bottle of vodka from a store, which they then drink together on the airplane. While drunk, Kim reveals how much she hates Connor and Nicki says she feels the same way about her mom. Wouldn't it be hilarious, she says, if the two of them did each other a favor of killing off the person they each hate? It would be the perfect alibi, because a stranger has no motive to kill another stranger. Kim agrees, thinking it's all a joke - until a tragedy happens at a train station, and it looks like Nicki might actually be dead serious. Even though this is the plot of a Highsmith novel that's been recycled, I was utterly engrossed in the story and had no idea how it would end. It takes guts to make such an unlikable main character, and talent to make this unlikable character sympathetic. I did sympathize with Kim, and I liked how her character developed over the course of the novel. Nicki was also fascinating - and terrifying. She was utterly ruthless and without remorse, and you, as the reader, were never quite sure how far she would go, or if she even had any limits at all. I finished this book in under 24 hours, it was that good. I think if I have a qualm about this novel at all, it's that the ending was too neat. In the original story of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, there's a pretty dramatic showdown and a very close escape. That didn't really happen in YOU OWE ME A MURDER; but on the other hand, it's a children's novel, so maybe the author felt like she'd dabbled in the dark side long enough. (Is that even possible?) I'll have to check out more from Eileen Cook. Books about psychotic girls are an utter delight. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  4 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kat | Rustic Pages

    My rating: 3.5/5 You Owe Me a Murder was a fun, fast faced story about a girl who is essentially blackmailed to commit murder. The book was easy to fly through and did read a bit on the younger side. The biggest issue for me though was that the twists weren’t shocking enough being very predictable and the ending felt a bit flat. Nonetheless, it was a quick, suspenseful read, perfect for fall. Find me on Booktube! youtube.com/c/rusticpages My rating: 3.5/5 You Owe Me a Murder was a fun, fast faced story about a girl who is essentially blackmailed to commit murder. The book was easy to fly through and did read a bit on the younger side. The biggest issue for me though was that the twists weren’t shocking enough being very predictable and the ending felt a bit flat. Nonetheless, it was a quick, suspenseful read, perfect for fall. Find me on Booktube! youtube.com/c/rusticpages

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 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, and even though she's a year or two older than Kim, she gets it. Gets her. They talk, have fun, snd Nicki talks her into doing something that leads to something else and wow, do things start happening. Unexpected things--not plot wise, not at first, but soon there are cracks everywhere in everyone. No one, not Nicki, not Connor, and most interestingly, Kim, is not whom they seem to be. I loved that! Ms. Cook takes the ya thriller genre and gives it a good shove (ha! couldn't resist) and what results is a novel that doesn't just dare to go dark--it dives into it. I was interested when I first started reading, but by about two thirds through, I realized I didn't know how it would end and couldn't put the book down. I had to keep reading! Had. to. I mean, there's the expected ya ending--the nice neat safe bow-- but I thought "could you Owe Me A Murder go there? Would it?" It does, and even veteran thriller reader me got chills when I reached the end. There's no bow, no safety, just a mindblowing, fantastic ending. By the end, I was in awe of Kim and more than a little afraid of her. Of what she did. Of what she'd done. Of what she might one day do. Last three lines: "You know what they say: Travel changes a person." I nodded and gazed out the window. He had no idea. Dammmmmmmn. Mind=blown. All the stars for this highly, highly recommended novel that dares to be different. That knows there's darkness in all of us.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anja H.

    *2.25 ACCUSED STARS* I had pretty high hopes for this because I loved One of Us is Lying and this was supposed to be quite similar. However, it was a bit of a trainwreck to be honest. Kim made so many stupid decisions that only got her more into trouble, I wanted to bang her head against the wall so many times!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    Check out my reviews at https://cheyennereads.home.blog/ 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 Check out my reviews at https://cheyennereads.home.blog/ 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 itself is pretty far fetched but it was also pretty anxiety inducing. I kept thinking, if I were in her shoes, what would I do? Most of the things I could come up with, the book had answers for. There weren’t really any moments of wanting to scream at the main character for making stupid decisions, because the plot really covers all bases. Kim was a smart character, which is refreshing in a thriller. She thinks things through, is great at solving puzzles, just an overall intelligent character, which I love. However, my favorite character was Alex. He was the sweetest and seemed like someone I would have been best friends with when I was Kim’s age. I liked them together and thought it was a sweet relationship. Nicki was an interesting antagonist, she was mysterious and had intelligence to match Kim’s. Sometimes she just really made you want to hit her, though. The story kept me guessing, with lots of misdirections and plot twists, which are my favorite! My only gripe with the story was that I felt the ending wasn’t wholly satisfying. Some things were left out that I would have been interested to hear more about. It’s just a small complaint, though. I really loved the experience of reading this book. If you’re looking for a mostly-satisfying, super fun YA thriller, you should definitely give this one a shot. It pulled me out of my reading slump and was just a ton of fun to read and write about! I look forward to reading more of Eileen Cook’s work in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    3 Stars for adult rating, 4 Stars for YA, so I gave it 3.5 overall, rounding up. It didn't end exactly the way I predicted it would, so that was a pleasant surprise. I have read Cook's previous novels and can confidently say this is her best one thus far! The pacing was lightning-quick and I could have read this in 1 day, had I the time. Very solid overall read. I'd recommend this to all of you thrillers fans out there, for sure!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Risner

    ARC provided by HMH in exchange for an honest review. I knew I had to read this the second I found out Eileen Cook was releasing a new book! I have been a fan for a very long time, and I love how Eileen's books always incorporate a thrilling/mysterious theme. You Owe Me a Murder follows a similar type of story in line with Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, which was then made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. The format goes like this: Two strangers meet, in this case, on a plane. One per ARC provided by HMH in exchange for an honest review. I knew I had to read this the second I found out Eileen Cook was releasing a new book! I have been a fan for a very long time, and I love how Eileen's books always incorporate a thrilling/mysterious theme. You Owe Me a Murder follows a similar type of story in line with Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, which was then made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. The format goes like this: Two strangers meet, in this case, on a plane. One person expresses that they want someone in their life *gone*, and the other person expresses the same wish. Together they formulate the perfect crime; they swap murders so the crime cannot be linked to themselves. We first meet Kim, a high school student sitting in an airport waiting on her flight to London. She's traveling with a small group of students on a 2 week study-abroad, but she's not in good spirits because her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend are going, too. Noticing how lonely Kim is, Nicki, a stranger, sits beside Kim and they form a sudden kinship. Soon they're both getting tipsy on stolen vodka on the plane, and they both express how much they're hurting: Nicki claims her alcoholic mother is ruining her life, while Kim is angry with her ex, Connor. Nicki convinces Kim to write down all the reasons Connor "should die", and in her drunken stupor, Kim agrees. Then the conversation turns serious and Nicki asks Kim to kill her mother. Kim is stunned, but doesn't agree to it. When Kim wakes up from her vodka-induced sleep, the plane has landed in London and Nicki is gone. Thinking it was all just a silly conversation, Kim continues on her school trip -- until early on, Connor ends up dead and Kim finds a horrifying note linking Nicki to his death. Kim also pairs up with a cute boy named Alex, and an insta-love romance blooms. I actually don't mind insta-love tropes, but one thing that I wasn't really fond of was when things went into... "unreliable narrator territory." There are some twists that throw Kim under the unreliable narrator bus, and I just wasn't loving it. I was also getting frustrated by how poorly Kim was handling everything and how unrealistic Nicki was as a "villain." However, I also want to talk about WHY I think Kim reacted the way she did. Sure, it may have annoyed me, but it's also important to remember that she was in a foreign country, and we all know what happens when young American women start to fall under suspicion by law enforcement. (*Cough* Can we say Amanda Knox? Which, by the way, I feel is now a good time to boost With Malice, because Eileen Cook drew lots of inspiration from Knox's case for that book.) But I always enjoy a good whodunnit mystery, and I loved how their investigative adventures took them all over London. I will forever read anything Eileen writes because she has such a knack for writing amazing YA plots and characters. I am always a sucker for any books that take place in Europe. I think if you want something more adult, then I'd recommend picking up The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. The strangers-meet-to-swap-murders set-up is similar but with more mature content. But I truly think You Owe Me a Murder is great for younger readers, and it has just the right amount of murder, adventure, and romance! Trigger warnings: Talks of suicide, alcoholism, cheating, stalking, death of child. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    This was so not what I expected it to be and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I marked this as a thriller, it was more psychologically tense and slow-paced. I rather liked how the author created an unreliable narrator - we think the MC is a good guy, but the more we learn about her, we see she's not all that nice. I found her to be quite unlikeable actually XD Anyways, I still enjoyed reading from her perspective. All secondary characters were interesting as well because they This was so not what I expected it to be and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I marked this as a thriller, it was more psychologically tense and slow-paced. I rather liked how the author created an unreliable narrator - we think the MC is a good guy, but the more we learn about her, we see she's not all that nice. I found her to be quite unlikeable actually XD Anyways, I still enjoyed reading from her perspective. All secondary characters were interesting as well because they were portrayed as real people - they were all "grey", not evil but not really good either. My fave was Alex - my precious little baby ♥ He was so "adorkable" and I just wanted him to be happy. When it comes to the mystery, I think it was well done. The beginning might be a little slow, because we don't know anything yet, but the more information we get about Nicki, the more interesting it gets. Honestly, she was such a fascinating character and if it weren't for her, this book would be a 2 star read for me but instead, I gave it 3.5 stars. The ending was also completely unexpected and I loved it, although I wish we learned more about what happened to the characters afterwards, but oh well... Basically, what I liked: Alex, Nicki, the ending + the whole book is filled with little lies and unreliable people What I didn't like: the MC was sometimes too unlikeable for my taste + I wish there was an epilogue or something + the MC sometimes made stupid decisions + now that I think about it, we don't get almost any information until about 70% + the MC cried every 10 pages -.- A decent book if you're looking for a different mystery read that focuses more on the characters than the action :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to HMH for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review DNF. Just wasn't feeling this one. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Many thanks to HMH for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review DNF. Just wasn't feeling this one. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    4.5 Stars Full Review on The Candid Cover 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. ❀ ACTION-PACKED This book tells the story of a girl who is blackmailed into committing a murder after s 4.5 Stars Full Review on The Candid Cover 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. ❀ ACTION-PACKED This book tells the story of a girl who is blackmailed into committing a murder after she and a stranger joke about swapping murders while on a plane. When her ex turns up dead, Kim is forced to either kill Nicki’s mom and uphold her end of the “bargain” or be “exposed” and arrested. This book is so action-packed, and the plot is surprising. Just when you think you know how it is going to go, sudden twists appear out of nowhere, and the story is intensified. This is the first book I’ve read by Eileen Cook, but after reading this I am interested in reading more. ❀ CLEVER MAIN CHARACTER Kim is a clever main character and she handles the situation well. She tries to think of ways to catch Nicki in the act, but Nicki is always one step ahead of her. It is hard to imagine being in a situation like Kim’s. Can you imagine being blackmailed to murder someone because of a joke? Kim has her flaws and I didn’t agree with every decision she makes. However, she goes through a lot, and is still ultimately an enjoyable character. Surprisingly, the side characters are even more interesting than the main character. It is so entertaining to read about the unpredictable and mysterious Nicki. I was on the edge of my seat every time she appeared. Alex is also such a sweetie, and he does his best to support Kim. ❀ THRILLING TWISTS The way the book is written intensifies the thrill. Twists are just thrown at the reader, and the plot can turn at any moment. The way Nicki is presented and the mystery that surrounds her is so amazing. The reader doesn’t know much about her, and there is no way of verifying what she says. Honestly, reading this book stressed me out since I was so invested in Kim’s fate. The suspense and action throughout the story really make this a thrilling read. You Owe Me a Murder is an action-packed thriller that is full of twists. The main character and the side characters are so enjoyable to read about, and the writing style amplifies the excitement. I would definitely recommend this one, especially to fans of books like Truly Devious.

  14. 4 out of 5

    madi

    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".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    I love Strangers on a Train ... a lot. I tried a few chapters of this and I just wasn't feeling the set-up - a girl going on a study abroad trip - a trip that also includes her ex and his new girlfriend - meets another teenager and they decide to trade murders. Me: ???????? Maybe the believability level rises past the point I read but setting aside right now. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review! I love Strangers on a Train ... a lot. I tried a few chapters of this and I just wasn't feeling the set-up - a girl going on a study abroad trip - a trip that also includes her ex and his new girlfriend - meets another teenager and they decide to trade murders. Me: ???????? Maybe the believability level rises past the point I read but setting aside right now. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    *2.5 "'What did you say?' 'You owe me a murder.'" How frickin disappointing. This was one of those books where I read the synopsis and thought "I must read this immediately." It was pretty fast if nothing else - I got through this whole book in a day. I'd really recommend reading this without reading the synopsis. This seems like a good book to read without knowing anything about it beforehand. Here's my synopsis - A drunken conversation on a plane turns into something far more deadlier come sunrise. *2.5 "'What did you say?' 'You owe me a murder.'" How frickin disappointing. This was one of those books where I read the synopsis and thought "I must read this immediately." It was pretty fast if nothing else - I got through this whole book in a day. I'd really recommend reading this without reading the synopsis. This seems like a good book to read without knowing anything about it beforehand. Here's my synopsis - A drunken conversation on a plane turns into something far more deadlier come sunrise. Can Kim escape with her life? I don't think there's a big problem if you have read the synopsis; it would just be cool to read it this way. I really liked the London setting of the book, that was fun and pretty transporting. I liked Kim's love interest, Alex, and I thought Kim herself was a perfectly fine protagonist - but the character descriptions! They're nonexistent! All we ever hear about Kim is that she has short(er) hair and that Nicki has a dark bob... it's so infuriating. The twist at the end was pretty good, but another thing happened at the end that made me dislike this book so much. I mean, it was surprising how (view spoiler)[Kim never told the police what happened. I mean, usually in a thriller like this the MC tells the police everything and gets to walk away with a clean conscience. Not the case here. (hide spoiler)] I didn't mind that. I think the ending would've been better if (view spoiler)[what Kim thought was true actually happened and Nicki was just a figment of her imagination since the plane. (hide spoiler)] But was I truly hated was (view spoiler)[how Nicki dies. She... falls? Sort of jumps? Geez. How anticlimactic. And stupid. (hide spoiler)] Oh, and TRIGGER WARNING FOR ANIMAL DEATH. I usually don't put trigger warnings in my reviews, but there's a scene where Kim runs over a bunny and it's half-dead and... ugh. Yeah. It's pretty graphic. 2.5/5 stars. So disappointing. Looks like I won't be picking up any more Eileen Cook books in the future. Oh well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Krystianna

    I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. So, as some of you may know, I'm not the biggest fan of mysteries. Yet, there was something about You Owe Me A Murder that immediately drew me in and caught my attention. I loved the plot line behind this book. The main character, Kim, is stuck going on a trip to London over the summer with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. She meets a girl I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. So, as some of you may know, I'm not the biggest fan of mysteries. Yet, there was something about You Owe Me A Murder that immediately drew me in and caught my attention. I loved the plot line behind this book. The main character, Kim, is stuck going on a trip to London over the summer with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. She meets a girl named Nicki on the plane ride over, and they immediately sort of connect and joke about killing her ex-boyfriend. Kim ends up thinking nothing of it, but then the stakes get raised high pretty quickly. Interesting, right!? The twists don't stop there either. The plot takes a whole bunch of crazy turns, some of which I didn't see coming, so I give Eileen Cook major props for that. I usually hate mysteries because I can guess where the storyline is going, but that wasn't the case with this book. I also really loved Kim as a main character. She was struggling internally because of the murders throughout this whole book, and I felt for her. I don't know what I would have done if I was caught in her shoes. I also loved Alex, the boy who teams up with Kim throughout the story and is always there for her. He was really clever and funny and ultimately cared for Kim through everything, no matter what. My only struggle with You Owe Me A Murder is the ending, which is why I'm giving it four stars. It just felt like it was leading up to this really big ending and then it just sort of finished, and I was left wanting a little bit more of a jam-packed ending. I don't know, I may be the outlier on this one though. Despite that, I really loved the book and all of the twists.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fari

    thanks to Raincoast for providing me with an ARC. I honestly considered dnf-ing this book 25 pages in but I felt like that wasn't fair to the story. Then at 100 pages, I wanted to dnf but it was the only book I had with me, so I read on. Then again 200 pages in but by then, I was too far in the story, so I thought I'd just finish it. I should've dnf-ed it at the start. The best thing about this story is that it's pretty fast-paced and something about it makes you want to see through to the end ( thanks to Raincoast for providing me with an ARC. I honestly considered dnf-ing this book 25 pages in but I felt like that wasn't fair to the story. Then at 100 pages, I wanted to dnf but it was the only book I had with me, so I read on. Then again 200 pages in but by then, I was too far in the story, so I thought I'd just finish it. I should've dnf-ed it at the start. The best thing about this story is that it's pretty fast-paced and something about it makes you want to see through to the end (which is great for the book, not so great for me or my use of time). I flew through the pages and, if I actually liked the story, I would've finished it in half the time. I didn't like Kim at all. She's supposed to be super smart in terms of school but I wanted to hit her with a textbook because of how dumb she was through the whole thing. She was also a whiny, annoying, self-absorbed twat. There was no chemistry between Kim and Alex. I don't know why the author even bothered with a romance where there was no need. Kim admitted that she loved him and I could feel my eyeballs rolling away. Also, weirdly, I kept going into editing mode while reading this book. My thoughts were all "cut this out, this was mentioned for 2 paragraphs in the last chapter, there's no need to dedicate another half-page to it" or "this seems unnatural, why would you put this here." Maybe this'll be fixed in the final copy as I read the ARC but it really dampened the experience. The ending wasn't worth it. It was the easiest of easy ways out and like ?? nothing actually gets resolved. I don't want to spoil too much but the ending wasn't worth it. It was just like the rest of the book: mediocre at best. The way it was all resolved actually makes me slightly angry. Anyway, I'm regretting spending my time on this, so I'll just go and hopefully read a better book now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... .... Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. .... 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, Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... .... Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. .... 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, they find out their flight has been delayed. While waiting at the airport, Kim meets a young girl by the name of Nicki and they become instant friends. Nicki is witty, friendly, funny, adventurous and seems up for anything to have fun. Nicki tells Kim that she was visiting her father and is flying back home to England. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book, and enjoyed reading about the friendship between Nicki and Kim, especially when the plot thickens and Nicki doesn’t appear to be who she says she is. Once we find out Kim’s ex-boyfriend dies while on their trip in England, things really start to heat up in the book. I found myself so engrossed in the book I was unable to put it down. I wanted to know who was responsible, and why he suddenly died. Kim begins receiving mysterious, threatening messages, but who is sending them to her and why? I found this book to be an addictive read that made me want to keep turning pages to see what would happen next. Especially when Kim is pressured to hold her end of the bargain and murder someone, or else she will have to pay for not going through with it…..After all, a deal is a deal, right?! A great read that I highly recommend! You will love this book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Areve

    You owe me murder is a manipulative and compelling psychological thriller debut that will keep you up all night. It was about a girl named kim who decided to go on a school based trip in London and her ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend were on the same plane. While she’s on this trip, she met a stranger named nicki on the plane and they instantly became friends and this is where they both made a murder deal. To be honest, the title itself already had me hooked in reading this. It is catchy You owe me murder is a manipulative and compelling psychological thriller debut that will keep you up all night. It was about a girl named kim who decided to go on a school based trip in London and her ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend were on the same plane. While she’s on this trip, she met a stranger named nicki on the plane and they instantly became friends and this is where they both made a murder deal. To be honest, the title itself already had me hooked in reading this. It is catchy and bold. The story was good enough to put me to sleep in 3 am, I didn’t and can’t stop reading because every chapter seems to be a cliffhanger and I wanted answers which is basically in other words an extreme page turner. The author, I admit, was excellent in creating a suspense in each narration, twisting and fueling the readers with information, so that we crave more of what to expect next. It is literally full of thrilling twists, meaning I can’t really predict what’s going to be the ending of this story and what will happen to the deal. The characters are well-built, they’re realistic not just based on some weird fantasy which makes a good plus point for a thriller. Over all, I enjoyed reading this and I recommend this for people who loves young adult with a mixture of psychological thriller and suspense. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brigid Churchill

    I really enjoyed this book. I think the plot was very interesting and a really neat idea. I liked how the characters were so different and how the plot slowly unraveled. I think the climax could have been written better and I wasn't necessarily in love with the ending but it was overall very good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shyuan

    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 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 this case and that's very disappointing. It's pretty weird because it's too clean and nobody got any consequences. Kim just went home after the trip and was suddenly all grown up because she learned this huge lesson. Besides, other characters were totally flat. Kim's best friend, Emily was complete non-existence but her name was constantly brought into the picture. I do not understand what was the purpose of this if such character serves nothing at all in the plot. Same goes to the other students on the trip. I didn't like the fact that Miriam just exposed something shocking about Connor and then disappear from the plot. The one that really stands out was only Kim and Alex. But Kim was definitely a problematic character, she is pretty much a liar and a manipulator. The book kept feeding us the idea that she is a smart person. But seriously, I think she is dumb and constantly making the worse decision. I hated her a lot. Also, what's really unrealistic was all these students who were on the educational trip were allowed to walk around the city like they had been here for months. They totally know where they were going and not lost at all. I know you got GPS all these kind of stuff but on an educational trip? I don't think so. I'm pretty sure the organizer is pretty strict about the rules. The villain's motive was pretty weird too. How did Nicki even managed to stalk Kim without any additional pieces of information? The plot never did explain why does Nicki even want that money? Did she just randomly pick a victim for Kim to kill? Are you seriously telling me all this was just for her research? That still doesn't make sense. Overall, I do think this was a fun read and I don't regret my time reading it. I was just sad because it had so much potential but the characters and ending were lacking so much. Quotes that I really like: "Extraordinary people might be afraid, but they do it anyway." "You know, every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. And then keep trying, even when it's hard."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Thriller *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* What would you do if your boyfriend dumped you for another girl and you had to go on a school trip to England with both of them? Apparently, you go anyway. On the plane to England, Kim meets Nicki and they bond over a bottle of vodka. While drunk, Kim reveals how much she hates Connor and Nicki says she feels the same way about her mom. Wouldn't it be hilarious, she says, if the two of them did each other a favor of killing off *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Thriller *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* What would you do if your boyfriend dumped you for another girl and you had to go on a school trip to England with both of them? Apparently, you go anyway. On the plane to England, Kim meets Nicki and they bond over a bottle of vodka. While drunk, Kim reveals how much she hates Connor and Nicki says she feels the same way about her mom. Wouldn't it be hilarious, she says, if the two of them did each other a favor of killing off the person they each hate? *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    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 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 on us and then just disappeared entirely from the book. I wanted to hear more from her!) The character of Nicki is so over-the-top that I actually found her entertaining. She's apparently this stealthy genius ninja psycho who knows everything Kim is doing and somehow manages to be everywhere that Kim is. Now that I think about it, she reminded me of "A" from Pretty Little Liars. Implausible, yes, but somehow really fun to read about. I called one of Nicki's secrets early on, but the other part of it really surprised me. However that ending was SUCH a let-down. I spent the entire book wondering how Kim was going to get out of this, and when it happened I thought, "Really? That's it?" The last few sentences were also weird and out of place. To sum it up, this was a cool premise with some extremely implausible moments and a lackluster ending. I debated between 2 and 3 stars for this one, but considering how weirdly readable this was, I'm going for 3.

  26. 5 out of 5

    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 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 Strangers On a Train. Then Connor winds up dead and Kim’s nightmares are just beginning. Kim lies. We know this because she tells us. She seems sympathetic, but appearances can be deceiving and narrators can be unreliable. I couldn’t get a grasp on the real Kim and I’m certain Cook crafted the protagonist to be just that evasive. While a little slow to start YOU OWE ME A MURDER is quintessential Cook, which is a very, very good thing. Clue or red herring? I never knew. I loved reading YOU OWE ME A MURDER. Although I’m a big rereader, including Cook’s other books, I’m not sure this one is the type I’ll read twice.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    pdbkwm

    After getting dumped by her now ex-boyfriend, Kim wants nothing more than to stay in bed and hide from the rest of the world. Unfortunately for her, she signed herself up for a student trip to London back when she was dating Connor and now her mom is forcing her to go on the trip. The best way to move on is to raise your chin up high, but it's hard to do that when your ex is kissing his new girlfriend in front of you. But things start to look up when Kim meets Nicki at the airport. The two form a After getting dumped by her now ex-boyfriend, Kim wants nothing more than to stay in bed and hide from the rest of the world. Unfortunately for her, she signed herself up for a student trip to London back when she was dating Connor and now her mom is forcing her to go on the trip. The best way to move on is to raise your chin up high, but it's hard to do that when your ex is kissing his new girlfriend in front of you. But things start to look up when Kim meets Nicki at the airport. The two form a quick bond both seem to open up about their current issues. Kim gets to rant about what a jerk Connor is while Nicki gets to vent about her drunk mother. While on the plane, and drinking vodka, they start joking about killing their respective problems. Only, Nicki will kill Connor and Kim will kill Nicki's mom. Kim thinks that it's all a joke, a drunk joke between between friends, but then Connor dies and Nicki wants Kim to keep her ends of the deal. Or there will be consequences to be paid. DaDaDaaaaaa (Why did my autocorrect change that to Businesses the first time I wrote this?) You Owe Me a Murder is such a fun little book. The writing is great and the characters felt believable. Kim is the perfect unreliable narrator, but still remains sympathetic in the end. She is stupid, as most unreliable narrators are, but it worked here because of her personality. When Kim and Nicki are up in the plane, this exchange happens: "Studies show that the higher your intelligence the more likely you are to have insomnia." " Really?" Suddenly all the nights I'd pain in bed watching the minutes click by were justified. Nicki smirked. "No idea. I just made that up- but it feels like it should be true." And I found myself laughing, because this and all of the initial conversations that the two share it's clear that Nicki is gassing up Kim's ego. It's just so masterfully done that I couldn't help but like Nicki, even when she started feeling over the top. I felt even more at awe with Nicki when near the end Kim says to herself that Nicki said that she'd picked me because she thought I was smart and analytical. That I could divorce myself from emotion and do what needed to be done. Because that isn't the reason why Nicki chose her at all. I found myself smiling throughout the novel and wanting to see where Kim and Nicki would take us next. I also liked that instead of having Kim angry at the new girlfriend and wanting her dead, she understood that it was ultimately Connor who broke her heart and deserved her anger. (view spoiler)[this is also what makes her different from Nicki. (hide spoiler)] Great book, great writing and I had a great time reading this. So much so that I immediately went to my library's website and booked out the available ebooks by Eileen Cook. Can't wait to read more from her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    One of my favorite mystery YA writers is Eileen Cook and so when I saw she had a new one released I knew I had to read it. Her mysteries are always fascinating to read as the truth is always left up for the readers to decipher what really happened. In You Owe Me a Murder we meet Kim who is seventeen and headed over to the UK as part of a school exchange program. She is hoping for a fresh start as her ex-boyfriend is on the program as well with his new girlfriend. At the airport, Kim meets Nicki, One of my favorite mystery YA writers is Eileen Cook and so when I saw she had a new one released I knew I had to read it. Her mysteries are always fascinating to read as the truth is always left up for the readers to decipher what really happened. In You Owe Me a Murder we meet Kim who is seventeen and headed over to the UK as part of a school exchange program. She is hoping for a fresh start as her ex-boyfriend is on the program as well with his new girlfriend. At the airport, Kim meets Nicki, a stranger at the airport who tries to get the "real Kim " personality to evolve. Kim finds herself seated next to Nicki in first class and the pair get talking. Kim tells her all about her ex-boyfriend and a conversation ensues of the "strangers on a train" where they kill each other's partners and get away with it as it's the perfect murder as they cannot be connected to one another or the murdered party. Kim jokes about it with Nicki and hops off the plane. Later that week, her ex-boyfriend is pushed in front of a train and killed. Was this an accident or did Nicki do her part? Kim wants to believe it is an accident, that is until she starts receiving threatening messages telling her it's her time to kill or Nicki will go to the police and spill Kim's dark secrets. While this is happening, Kim has made it too easy for Nicki as secrets start appearing and they are making Kim look like a jealous stalker. Can Kim do her part for Nicki or will the perfect murders and alibis come crashing down around her? Find out in You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook today. A great YA mystery/crime read, a modern take on the "Strangers on a Train" MO.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sha

    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 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 subjective—so if you’re on the fence, here are my major thoughts to help you make a final decision. Kim and her boyfriend Connor just broke up, but her parents didn’t let her get out of the Student Scholars for Change trip to London that she absolutely begged to go on, so now she’s stuck in a foreign country with a boy who wants nothing to do with her. I’ve never been to London, much like Kim, and would have liked more description of the sites the visiting students looked at. Sometimes London references were A) lost on me or B) awkwardly tossed in. Kim spends more time in a Thai restaurant than she does exploring any local sites. I guess I’ll just keep saving up for my own trip to the UK! Cook’s writing style leans heavily on tell over show. A huuuge part of my “meh”-ing in this book came from how little emotion I got off protagonist Kim. As we know, her ex ends up dead. But the writing following Kim’s discovery left me hugely disconnected: I felt like a puppet that had its strings cut. I collapsed to the floor. Alex dropped down next to me. There was a strange smell in the air, like hot metal. Coppery, like burning pennies. I struggled to get up. You Owe Me a Murder, p. 78 (Quote from an advance uncorrected proof.) The combination of short sentences (better, in my opinion, for academic writing than fiction) and lack of emotionalism (Kim is collapsing, she is smelling, but what is she thinking?) just did me in. This style holds up throughout the book, which made it hard for me to care about pretty much everything happening. As a character, Kim is said to be very analytical and smart, so this could be a reflection of her personality. It just didn’t work for me. At the airport on her way to London, Kim meets and rapidly befriends Nickie. I liked Nickie’s character the most, if only because she was the most fleshed-out and interesting character. During the Students for Change trip, Kim also grows close to fellow student Alex and … that was literally the weirdest relationship I’ve ever read. I’m sorry. She lied to him various times, he called her out, (she apologized in a non-apology way), she lied to him in various ways again and went full shade, he got upset, and then with no actual make-up moment they are together. I DON’T care if you think this is a spoiler because how is this EVEN a developed relationship of any kind. (Okay, if you think this is a spoiler I’m a little sorry but that whole dynamic confused the hell out of me.) I do have two issues that I will drop into a magical spoiler box so read at your own discretion because they do ruin some plot points. (view spoiler)[ (1) TREATMENT OF SUICIDE / MENTAL ILLNESS Kim’s ex’s death is framed as an accident/suicide. By the end of the book, there is no conclusive evidence for either theory. Immediately after his (Conner’s) death, there is talk of ending the trip. One student is like, “I feel bad the guy decided to kill himself, but it has nothing to do with me.” (YOMAM, p. 87.) On page 86, the same character said, “I guess the police will ship …” —his Adam’s apple bobbed in his throat — “the body back.” As a reader, I personally ended up with the impression that Connor’s apparent suicide was a minor inconvenience to his trip-mates, which was not a portrayal I appreciated. Not enough of the book is spent discussing the fact that someone *actually* died, especially considering so many people honestly think it was by suicide. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ (2) STALKING Kim lies about dating Connor. The truth later comes out that she and Connor had a sexual relationship, wherein she was emotionally invested but he only wanted sex. When Connor ended the relationship, she began to stalk him. My issue with this (besides the very fact that stalking is not okay) is that Kim isn’t really called out on her stalking. She admits the truth of the relationship to new “boyfriend” Alex (YES, the stalking too) and Alex basically says, “Wow, Connor is a jerk.” OKAY, but then she stalked him. STALKING isn’t okay. (hide spoiler)] If you did read the spoiler section, yes, it’s a lot. And you might be thinking, SHA, HOW ARe you just meh with this happening? But with the writing style and the lack of character development/emotionalism it was just kind of hard to care? I kind of just worked towards the end to see what happened and then I was like, oh. k.

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