I can tell just from the title of You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook that this is very likely not a book that is going to end up with a place on my TBR. I’m sure if you’ve been around for a bit, you’ll know that mysteries, crimes, and murders in books are very much not my thing unless something else more interesting actually involved in the novel. I just do not care to read about dead bodies and murder and gross things. So, both the title and the cover of this book almost instantly turn me off. And, after reading the summary for this book, I can say that while I am a little bit more interested than before, I probably wont be reading this book unless I’m very bored and have nothing better to read. I’ll admit, the plot is actually pretty cool. So, while I’m not really into all of these things, I can definitely see where this book would be a lot of fun to read.
So, our main character, Kim has just recently been dumped by her boyfriend for another girl and on their class trip now has to watch them act all lovey-dovey together right in front of her. Naturally, this is cause for complaint and so when she meets another girl on the plane ride over and airs her hurt and frustration with the situation, a joke about murder comes out in which Nicki will take care of the boyfriend and Kim will take care of the person Nicki has been wanting to kill. And it’s all quite a bit of fun until Kim’s ex suddenly turns up dead. There’s a darker side to Nicki than Kim realized and now she has to decide whether she will fulfill her deal with Nicki or if she will take the fall for a murder she did not commit.
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.
What are your thoughts on this novel? Do you think it’s the kind of book you’d want to read? Or would you rather pass it by? If you really think I should change my mind on my decision to not add it to my TBR, drop a comment below and let me know why!