You Owe Me A Murder

You Owe Me A Murder

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On a school trip to London that includes her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, Kim meets risk-taker Nicki, who proposes a diabolical deal.
Kim's boyfriend dumped her-- and now she's stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate. Kim can't help wishing Connor was a little bit dead, even if she'd never really do that. On the plane she meets Nicki, who is more than willing to listen to Kim's woes. When Nicki 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. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
ISBN: 9781328519023
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 22 cm


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On a school trip to London that includes her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, Kim meets risk-taker Nicki, who proposes a diabolical deal.

On a school trip to London that includes her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, Kim meets risk-taker Nicki, who proposes a diabolical deal.

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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021


You Owe Me A Murder follows the story of a young, curious, yet quiet girl named Kim and her adventure as she travels to England with some other students from her high school. This isn’t a normal trip, though. Kim is forced to bear with the pain as her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend are also on this school trip, and with her emotions of wanting him back yet loathing him, she is overcome with thoughts of regret and dread before heading on the flight. At the airport however, Kim meets another young girl, Nicki, who seems to be able to relate and they instantly hit it off. As the plane ride commences, Nicki and Kim joke about swapping murders for people who are causing them stress in their lives, in Kim’s case, it’s her ex-boyfriend, and in Nicki’s, it’s her alcoholic mother. Kim believes this was all part of some big joke and play it off, as she would never be able to actually do it, but Nicki holds her to her word. After a shocking “accident” involving Kim’s ex-boyfriend at a train station not too long after the trip has started, Kim begins to wonder whether Nicki was serious in this murdering deal they had drunkenly made on the plane ride. They bump into each other multiple times while in England, unfortunately for Kim, who tries to escape Nicki’s taunts and pressure. The story follows the thoughts of Kim while she tries to save the lives of her loved ones from the once-sweet Nicki, who is determined to make Kim live up to her end of the deal, any way she sees possible.

I enjoyed the novel as it contained many twists and turns, with Kim coming up with multiple solutions to escape the pressure of Nicki, while being met with the obstacles thrown at her. The end includes a surprising and sudden event which can shock readers, as it did with me, but it concludes in a way which is satisfying and relieving.

If you enjoy thrilling yet psychologically tense novels involving teenagers, this is a great book for you. I recommend it for teens and young adults.

Jan 06, 2021

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook is a mystery story set mostly in London. 17 year old Kim is our main protagonist who travels abroad, looking for a distraction from her heartache. Unfortunately for her, her ex boyfriend is murdered. Kim knows who the murderer is, and it certainly isn’t her… is it? However, who did it doesn’t really seem to matter, when Kim becomes the ultimate suspect, blackmailed by someone she doesn’t even know. What lengths will she go to protect her secrets? What lengths will she go before it all becomes too late? Overall, this was not my favorite book. I found the pacing and storyline to be predictable and lacking of anything that truly made me care about it. Although it is not my cup of tea, it may be yours! Try reading it today to see if you can guess what happens next.

Nov 24, 2020

I was actually a bit disappointed after completing this book. Don’t get me wrong- the author created an intriguing story, but the ending was not satisfying. There weren’t enough plot twists for my taste and I felt the realizations were not very surprising. In the book, Kim is recovering from heartbreak on a school trip to London, where she unintentionally makes a murder deal. Her new more-than-friend Alex helps her with this deal, though it hurts him in the process. My favorite part of reading this book was the amount of detail the author included- I could see myself following Kim in London. Overall, I recommend this book to anybody interested in the thrills of solving a mystery alongside some romance, though it would not be my first recommendation.

IndyPL_WillS Oct 17, 2019

Think Alfred Hitchcock with angsty teens. I mean literally Hitchcock since the premise is very similar to the movie Strangers on a Train. Kim meets Nicki on a plane to London where she will be spending two weeks with other students being introduced to culture and art. Their conversation turns to how much Kim is upset at her ex, Connor, who (by no coincidence) is also on the trip and how much Nicki hates her mother. Nicki proposes the perfect murder plot: Nicki will kill Connor and Kim will kill Nicki's mother. As strangers to the victims, they will have no connection. Kim passes it off as just musings of two people who have had a little too much to drink. Nicki is serious. Kim's trip turns into a suspenseful nightmare making her question her own sanity. Oh, and there's an attractive guy to add a some romance for Kim. Very well done story.

Sep 09, 2019

Never read this book yet but the person who wrote the comment about this makes me want to know the whole story.When I’m finished reading the book I’ll let y’all know if it was AWESOME or TeRrIbLE ( in my opinion tho)

Sep 04, 2019

First off I want to say that this book was incredibly well thought out! I low key think Eileen Cook is a criminal mastermind... some clues she mentions are things that I would just NEVER even think of. In this book the main character Kim goes on a class trip to London. On the plane she befriends a girl named 'Nicki,' and they 'jokingly' plan the perfect murder. Nicki agrees to kill Kim's nasty Ex and Kim agrees to kill Nicki's awful mom. The perfect murder, done by perfect strangers, so neither one could ever be connected to the other. #GENIUS ...Anyway Kim gets off the plane thinking she'll never see the other girl again, but when her Ex boyfriend suddenly commits 'suicide' on the class trip, Kim knows deep down that it was Nicki. That their 'perfect murder' wasn't a joke! This book was so suspenseful! For example each chapter is a countdown with titles like "8 days remaining", "7 days remaining." The entire book is a countdown waiting to see if Kim makes it home safe from London, or if things are going to get majorly screwed up! Also the way Eileen Cook writes about her character 'Nicki,' makes it even more suspenseful because the way she is described in this book is INSANE! Like she is obviously CRAZY FOR COCOA PUFFS! I was honestly so scared for Kim's safety the entire time I was reading this novel. This book was such a suspenseful read, I didn't have a clue how it was going to end, it could have gone in so many CRAZY filled directions... such a unique twist to the murder mystery genre.


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