Book Review: You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A promising premise but the confusing MC took away from the story.

Book CWs

  • Murder
  • Parental Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Underage Drinking
  • Blackmail
  • Attempted Murder


Kim is a 17-year-old high schooler who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, Conner. Despite the fact that those closest to her are mostly glad he’s out of the picture, Kim can’t help but feel heartbroken when he starts dating another girl. The three of them (along with several other students) are about to find themselves stuck together on possibly the most awkward class trip possible.

The flight gets delayed several hours and Kim befriends a young woman named Nicki at the airport. It doesn’t take long before the two of them begin confessing their woes and when Nicki jokes that the two of them should swap murders (Nicki’s mom for Kim’s ex), Kim plays along.

But then Connor dies. And now Kim is being blackmailed to either commit a murder, or go to jail for one she didn’t.

Review (No Spoilers)

I found this book in one of the libraries near my house and I was so intrigued by the premise because it sounded absolutely insane! Barnes & Noble didn’t have it, so I ended up going back to the library.

Living up to its premise, this book is a wild ride. It probably would have been one of my favorites if it wasn’t for one big problem: I hated the MC.

Kim meets Nicki at the airport and from the get go, she immediately starts making terrible decisions. Even after she finds out that Nicki is blackmailing her for murder, she continues to make the worst decisions possible. I even stopped midway to tell Goodreads that I hated her because she was frustrating me so much.

I ranted about this to my partner because we’ve had a conversation several times about how we feel YA authors have a tendency to dumb down their protagonists in order to push the story forward. This book would most likely have been a 5 star for me if Kim was written better.