ARC Review: You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  One of my favorite movies is the Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train so I was excited when I found You Owe Me a Murder on NetGalley.  The book promised to be a teen take on the classic tale and it was written by one of my favorite mystery writers Eileen Cook.  Unfortunately, the book didn’t quire leave up to my expectations.

40142464Title: You Owe Me a Murder
Author: Eileen Cook
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What’s It About: Seventeen-year-old Kim is not looking forward to her summer abroad.  Kim signed up for the school trip to London before Connor dumped her.  Now, Kim is being forced to go on vacation with the boy who broke her heart and his new girlfriend.  But when Kim meets Nicki at the airport things start to look up until Nicki makes an offer…she will murder Connor if Kim murders Nicki’s mother.  Kim laughs off Nicki’s offer as a joke but when Connor is dies under mysterious circumstances Nicki resurfaces asking Kim to live up to her end of the bargain.  Can Kim stop Nicki before anyone else is hurt?

The Good: Cook wrote a mystery that will keep you guessing from the first page.  Nicki and her motivation are kept a mystery until the end of the book.

The Bad: I had a hard time with this book.  I never warmed up to Kim.  I’m not sure if Cook was trying to make her an unreliable narrator but she came across as whiny and kind of weak.  Plus, Nicki came across as over the top and her motivation seemed muddles and irrational.  The story is one that is familiar but the author is never able to make it her own which made the entire thing disappointing.

Bottom line: Readers looking for a basic mystery may enjoy this book but if you’re die hard fan of the original story you will probably be disappointed by this YA remake.

Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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