It Ends With You
'If I'd told the truth, it would have been fiction'Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous - she's perfect.So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he's no stranger to the police.Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.Told from six narrative strands, this cleverly woven and utterly compulsive novel challenges preconceptions; makes you second, third and fourth guess yourself; and holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat those they perceive to be on the outside.

It Ends With You Details

TitleIt Ends With You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 8th, 2019
PublisherAtom
ISBN-139780349003177
Rating
GenreThriller, Young Adult, Mystery

It Ends With You Review

  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    Now published!It Ends With You is a YA murder mystery told from multiple viewpoints and angles that attempts to trick the reader at every turn. When you think you've figured out whodunnit another clue is revealed to cast a new layer of doubt. A book laden with fabulous misdirection! This makes for a very compelling read and really added to my enjoyment as the reader. It's a book of secrets and lies where no one is as they seem. The cast of characters are at first rather stereotypical: misunderst Now published!It Ends With You is a YA murder mystery told from multiple viewpoints and angles that attempts to trick the reader at every turn. When you think you've figured out whodunnit another clue is revealed to cast a new layer of doubt. A book laden with fabulous misdirection! This makes for a very compelling read and really added to my enjoyment as the reader. It's a book of secrets and lies where no one is as they seem. The cast of characters are at first rather stereotypical: misunderstood bad boy Luke from the wrong side of the tracks, murdered pretty blonde girl next door type Eva who wasn't all she seemed, ditsy best friend Siobhan who felt equally insecure and in awe of her deceased bestie, mousy quiet Carolina who sees everything, posh boy Rob with high career aspirations, well intentioned teacher Mr Abdul etc etc... But where this cast of characters really worked is that they all did things that were surprising and outside of those traditional stereotype parameters. Everything comes together for a fast paced read that kept me up late at night reading and an ending that because of spoilers I won't say anything about... Except to say I really really enjoyed it and it gave me proper chills. A solid three and a half to four star read. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Little Brown Book Group UK, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one, plot was 10/10, but I did feel the characters were lacking.I didn't really connect to any of the characters, and having finished, I don't even feel as though I LIKE any of them, which is an issue. I want to be invested in my book characters, but these ones were just not for me.But this book is one that once you begin, you just have to keep reading and reading until you turn the page and realise that there are not more, at which point, you shrivel up and die.And speaking Really enjoyed this one, plot was 10/10, but I did feel the characters were lacking.I didn't really connect to any of the characters, and having finished, I don't even feel as though I LIKE any of them, which is an issue. I want to be invested in my book characters, but these ones were just not for me.But this book is one that once you begin, you just have to keep reading and reading until you turn the page and realise that there are not more, at which point, you shrivel up and die.And speaking of, THAT ENDING?! (view spoiler)[ I liked the idea, to end with the reader knowing the wrong person is in jail and seeing that Sebastian is about to kill Siobahn, but I wish that Sebastian's character had been built up more so you could note his psychopathic tendencies, and see the inevitability of what is about to happen in the woods. Still, I thought that the idea behind the ending was really good even if I thought it could have been executed better. (hide spoiler)]But overall, I would say that this book was unpredictable and edgy, and I really enjoyed it!Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a review copy! All opinions are my own.
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  • Umut Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This book could easily be a 4-5 star read, if it wasn't for that ending, or lack of ending. This is a YA thriller taking place among high school students. Eva is a very bright and very beautiful girl, who goes missing. Luke is her boyfriend, who's the 'bad boy' of the school. When they find Eva dead in a pit in the woods, all eyes turn to Luke, but is he really the killer?I was hooked from the beginning. It's not an original subject, full of cliches. But, it was very well written, high pace book This book could easily be a 4-5 star read, if it wasn't for that ending, or lack of ending. This is a YA thriller taking place among high school students. Eva is a very bright and very beautiful girl, who goes missing. Luke is her boyfriend, who's the 'bad boy' of the school. When they find Eva dead in a pit in the woods, all eyes turn to Luke, but is he really the killer?I was hooked from the beginning. It's not an original subject, full of cliches. But, it was very well written, high pace book to put you on the edge all the time. I couldn't read any other books I was reading just to know who was the killer. It was really hard to guess. I loved how complex were the characters and the relationships between them. I think the writer has a lot of potential building a plot like this. It somehow dragged a bit through the end. Addition of a couple of characters much later in an 'out of the blue' way was a bit weird. But I was still eagerly waiting to cross the finish line! I had a few guesses, but I was not sure, which made it a perfect thrillerI'm not a reader who likes abrupt endings. I want the author to tie things up really well, leave nothing to my imagination, especially in a thriller. I'm not sure if this is a stand alone, or it's a prep for a sequel. But, it's a big shame as it was a really good one.I would highly recommend it if you're OK with unclear endings.Thanks a lot to NetGalley and the publisher Atom for granting an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
     Wow I read this fast – it’s one of those books that once you start you just want to keep reading and reading until the end.Eva is popular, has a loving if rather frowned upon boyfriend in Luke and a close knit bunch of friends. The future seems bright but even the most glowing people hide a dark side. When Eva is murdered Luke seems the obvious suspect…It Ends With You is a cleverly woven often thought provoking thriller, with multiple voices and ever changing goal posts. The author carefully s  Wow I read this fast – it’s one of those books that once you start you just want to keep reading and reading until the end.Eva is popular, has a loving if rather frowned upon boyfriend in Luke and a close knit bunch of friends. The future seems bright but even the most glowing people hide a dark side. When Eva is murdered Luke seems the obvious suspect…It Ends With You is a cleverly woven often thought provoking thriller, with multiple voices and ever changing goal posts. The author carefully sucks you into one way of thinking then throws you a hint of a different direction, layering her characters carefully, challenging your initial assumptions then challenging your next ones. As we hear from Luke, Eva and those around them the truth won’t necessarily set you free..The writing is wonderful, the plotting is genius and the ending might make you crazy but the whole thing is pitched perfectly first page to last. I feel that this one is going to come back and niggle at me, the social commentary within the narrative has that after affect it’s only later, looking back you see where our prejudices hit home.A really great read all round. Huge brownie points for keeping it unpredictable, edgy yet honestly realistic.Highly recommended.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    'It Ends With You' is an entertaining young adult mystery that is marketed towards YA readers and whilst I did enjoy it, I found that some of the characters really got on my nerves. They were quite irritating and did things that I thought were rather irrational and not believable. Award winning author S. K. Wright (real name Sam Mills) is undoubtedly a superb storyteller and her writing grips you immediately. Nevertheless, this wasn't a book I particularly cared for i'm afraid.One of the aspects 'It Ends With You' is an entertaining young adult mystery that is marketed towards YA readers and whilst I did enjoy it, I found that some of the characters really got on my nerves. They were quite irritating and did things that I thought were rather irrational and not believable. Award winning author S. K. Wright (real name Sam Mills) is undoubtedly a superb storyteller and her writing grips you immediately. Nevertheless, this wasn't a book I particularly cared for i'm afraid.One of the aspects I particularly liked was the method in which it was told. The author not only uses different characters each chapter to tell the tale but also includes interjections of social media posts which added interest to the story. Essentially, this is about prejudice and in particular people who are viewed by society as outsiders and are maybe a little odd or quiet. It shows the judgments others make about these individuals despite not knowing them. I could relate to this as I may be one of those people but not due to being odd, due to being shy and reserved. We are all to some extent guilty of doing this, and this book shows the consequences of these misconceptions or preconceptions. It is based on well worn tropes of the genre, and I feel that there are books that are similar to this but that are superior and much more worthy of your time. There are some pretty neat surprises throughout, however, many of them were predictable which did take away a little of the enjoyment for me. The characters are quite difficult to relate to as they're all privileged and self-centred kids who care about no-one but themselves, and as a result were not at all likeable.As others have alluded to, there was an information dump that continued the whole way through which led to a convoluted and often confusing story, certainly not ideal. Most of the information we are given was not relevant to the plot either. There were times that the dump resulted in a feeling of wading through treacle and as though the story wasn't moving forward at all. It was also difficult to sympathise with any of the characters situations as many of the incidents were very far-fetched and unbelievable. The denouement left a lot to be desired, as always, I don't include spoilers in my reviews, suffice to say that it was not a satisfying conclusion to the book. It left many questions that the plot threw up unanswered which is rather annoying when you have put the effort in to read the whole story. If you enjoy books such as '13 Reasons Why' by Sarah Pinborough and 'One of Us Is Lying' by Karen M. McManus then it's likely you will appreciate this one too.Many thanks to Atom for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Adele Shea
    January 1, 1970
    I really like books that have the perspective from a number of people, It Ends With You, has that and alot more.Who killed Eva? Did those who love her, secretly hate her? Or did those who hate her secretly love her? It's not often I do half stars but I feel I have to here. FOUR AND A HALF STARS.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    It Ends With You is a young adult book but will easily appeal to all readers no matter what age. It is a quick and twisty read and you will have to keep reading. It ends very abruptly and openly which was a bit annoying but I really did enjoy this book.Eva is the most popular girl at school, everybody loves her. So when her body is found after being missing for a few days nobody can quite believe it. Her boyfriend Luke is immediately the prime suspect. But as the investigation goes along the rea It Ends With You is a young adult book but will easily appeal to all readers no matter what age. It is a quick and twisty read and you will have to keep reading. It ends very abruptly and openly which was a bit annoying but I really did enjoy this book.Eva is the most popular girl at school, everybody loves her. So when her body is found after being missing for a few days nobody can quite believe it. Her boyfriend Luke is immediately the prime suspect. But as the investigation goes along the reader starts to learn that ther could be many people who has the motive to kill her. So who did it? Thanks to Hackett Australia and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve not read many YA thriller/crime mysteries but this is probably one of my favourites out of the ones I have read.I loved the format, it’s told in various POVs, as well as diary entries and text exchanges. It keeps you guessing until very close to the end! I feel like some of the characters could’ve done with being a bit more developed and a bit more fleshing out though. I honestly couldn’t put this down. It kept me wanting more and I couldn’t go to sleep until I knew who had done it! The pac I’ve not read many YA thriller/crime mysteries but this is probably one of my favourites out of the ones I have read.I loved the format, it’s told in various POVs, as well as diary entries and text exchanges. It keeps you guessing until very close to the end! I feel like some of the characters could’ve done with being a bit more developed and a bit more fleshing out though. I honestly couldn’t put this down. It kept me wanting more and I couldn’t go to sleep until I knew who had done it! The pacing was good and more kept getting revealed at a steady pace, enough to not feel rushed, but also not too slow that you’d get bored.It kept me on my toes the whole way through.This book made me so mad though! I need closure!!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Started off well, but idk, it got lost along the way and honestly, the writing wasn't really good at all. The dialogue was choppy, the reactions of the characters weren't believable, the insta love was TERRIBLE, there were way too many points of views and the jump from one to the other wasn't fluid. I read it in one sitting during a plane ride, but I honestly skimmed the last 20 pages because I just...couldn't. I'm a huge fan of thrillers, but in this particular case, there wasn't anything new t Started off well, but idk, it got lost along the way and honestly, the writing wasn't really good at all. The dialogue was choppy, the reactions of the characters weren't believable, the insta love was TERRIBLE, there were way too many points of views and the jump from one to the other wasn't fluid. I read it in one sitting during a plane ride, but I honestly skimmed the last 20 pages because I just...couldn't. I'm a huge fan of thrillers, but in this particular case, there wasn't anything new to the table.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    Oh ffs. I was really, really enjoying this book. Right up to the very last chapter. I mean ffs. I mean huh, I mean why, I mean grrr. Why oh why oh why did it end that way. I’m really really not a fan of that ending. Grrr The pacing of this book was brilliant, it hand me in its grips all the way through. I was racing all the way through it. Addicted to it and wanting more. It plays out like a documentary on Netflix Eva, has been killed in the woods. But who is it that killed her. Like in some of Oh ffs. I was really, really enjoying this book. Right up to the very last chapter. I mean ffs. I mean huh, I mean why, I mean grrr. Why oh why oh why did it end that way. I’m really really not a fan of that ending. Grrr The pacing of this book was brilliant, it hand me in its grips all the way through. I was racing all the way through it. Addicted to it and wanting more. It plays out like a documentary on Netflix Eva, has been killed in the woods. But who is it that killed her. Like in some of those Netflix documentaries I’m really not sure of the facts, figures, or what actually went down in the woods. But gleam what you will from my earlier rant. 🙄. I really don’t want to give anything away. As I feel that this book is best enjoyed when you read it for yourself and go in with the bear minimum of facts. Eva was killed in the woods at a friends party. But who is it who killed her? And why? I really liked the character development of this book, I loved the pacing and how we unveil the facts. Not all but enough to keep you hooked. I loved the fact that it had diary entries, blog posts, text messages, ect in this book which kept the reader engaged. It really was like ready a Netflix true crime documentary and for that reason I absolutely loved it. But that ending. Grr. Still I don’t think it will hamper my score for it but grrr.
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  • mary
    January 1, 1970
    thank you to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read a copy of this book in advance!when i wasn't reading this book i just couldn't get it out of my mind. it drew me in so strongly and i was so desperate to find out who eva's killer was, i had a few suspects in mind but it wasn't obvious to me until the last quarter of the book who did it which was nice. i think the ending was slightly rushed and i felt a little dissatisfied but i understand that this was the intention of the author thank you to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read a copy of this book in advance!when i wasn't reading this book i just couldn't get it out of my mind. it drew me in so strongly and i was so desperate to find out who eva's killer was, i had a few suspects in mind but it wasn't obvious to me until the last quarter of the book who did it which was nice. i think the ending was slightly rushed and i felt a little dissatisfied but i understand that this was the intention of the author because it further highlighted some of the key themes throughout the book. overall, this book was a dream to read and i'd definitely recommend it!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me this to read review. It Ends With You is a YA mystery/thriller that follows the aftermath of a young girl's disappearance and subsequent murder. It follows the perspectives of several friends, peers and acquaintances as we try to figure out who is guilty of this horrendous crime. With a book that had so many perspectives (about 7?), I would not have expected to enjoy it. However, I loved the multiple POV's as each character had secrets to Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me this to read review. It Ends With You is a YA mystery/thriller that follows the aftermath of a young girl's disappearance and subsequent murder. It follows the perspectives of several friends, peers and acquaintances as we try to figure out who is guilty of this horrendous crime. With a book that had so many perspectives (about 7?), I would not have expected to enjoy it. However, I loved the multiple POV's as each character had secrets to hide. I loved how Wright kept me on the edge of my seat and I definitely did not guess the twists and turns throughout. My only critique is that this story built up to so much and then it just finished. I felt like the ending (or lack thereof) was too rushed and I am left wanting answers.Nonetheless, I still highly enjoyed this and strongly recommend. Looking forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    First of all I downloaded this book by mistake as the genre is Teens and YA and I am 63 years old. OOPS. Anyway here goes. The story of Eva's murder is told from many perspectives. Each character is given a chapter and their different viewpoints of the incident. It explains how a group of people can all be in the same place at the same time and how all their descriptions will have similarities and differences. I liked the way each character is given a chapter and how it all ties together for the First of all I downloaded this book by mistake as the genre is Teens and YA and I am 63 years old. OOPS. Anyway here goes. The story of Eva's murder is told from many perspectives. Each character is given a chapter and their different viewpoints of the incident. It explains how a group of people can all be in the same place at the same time and how all their descriptions will have similarities and differences. I liked the way each character is given a chapter and how it all ties together for the climax. This book was beautifully written and easy to read. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. There is also a message to this book. We need to think before we judge others and consider the consequences and repercussions of our actions. I would like to thank the author S K Knight, Little Brown Book Group UK and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.
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  • eman | readsforkeeps ✨
    January 1, 1970
    A YA thriller? Count me in! I’m a fan of Riverdale and The Society basically YA thirllers in general and this one had me gripped from the beginning till end. I rarely enjoy books with multiple POVs but this wasn’t too difficult. The characters seemed a bit stereotypical, popular girl Eva dates the bad boy Luke, then comes Eva’s bff Siobhan, and Carolina the nerdy girl who’s into crime solving. They are common characters you find in a highschool setting and in this novel, it seemed like all of th A YA thriller? Count me in! I’m a fan of Riverdale and The Society basically YA thirllers in general and this one had me gripped from the beginning till end. I rarely enjoy books with multiple POVs but this wasn’t too difficult. The characters seemed a bit stereotypical, popular girl Eva dates the bad boy Luke, then comes Eva’s bff Siobhan, and Carolina the nerdy girl who’s into crime solving. They are common characters you find in a highschool setting and in this novel, it seemed like all of them could be suspects and have motive. I feel like what happened to Eva was intriguing yet something I thought of but didn’t really see it coming. One of the important messages of the book is how we should always think before we act or say something and consider the consequences of it beforehand. I enjoyed it overall, it helped me get out of a reading slump.
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    Luke's girlfriend, Eva, is found dead. Everyone thinks he killed her. Eva was so popular and pretty, and Luke is from the wrong side of town, he has a temper, and he never really fit in until he started dating Eva. There are varying opinions about whether he did it or not, but detective's daughter Carolina is determined to discover the truth.There are a few different points of view in the book, and at some point there is a chapter from almost every character. Much of the story is told from Luke' Luke's girlfriend, Eva, is found dead. Everyone thinks he killed her. Eva was so popular and pretty, and Luke is from the wrong side of town, he has a temper, and he never really fit in until he started dating Eva. There are varying opinions about whether he did it or not, but detective's daughter Carolina is determined to discover the truth.There are a few different points of view in the book, and at some point there is a chapter from almost every character. Much of the story is told from Luke's point of view, or from pages taken from Eva's diary. There is also Carolina, the geeky wannabe detective, and Siobhan, Eva's best friend who is also a strong believer in the supernatural. Everyone has different thoughts and stories about what happened the night of Rob's party, the night Eva died.The book is perfectly written for YA readers. Most of the characters are around 17 years old, and they act and think just like teenagers. At times I thought they came across as a bit lame, but then I thought back (many years!) and realised that I was probably the same at that age. It's very well done, unless the author is a teenager too! It's absolutely chocked full of angst, silly decisions and a lack of responsibility.I like the fact that you only find out what actually happened right at the end, and none of the characters seem to know what happened either. There is not much chance of guessing 'whodunnit' early on, which I like. Everyone keeps changing their stories and lying to the Police to get themselves or someone else out of trouble, which is probably what would happen in real life. Other than the actual murder, I found the whole thing to be quite a convincing series of events.Whilst not entirely original, this was a good read. I read the whole thing in less than a day, as it was not very long. It was quite fast paced and kept me interested throughout. There was always some new information being uncovered or truth being admitted. I enjoyed the way the characters changed their minds, owned up to things, felt bad about what they had done or said, and generally made a very human mess of the whole situation. This was entertaining and realistic, and a great introduction to more gritty detective dramas for young readers.
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  • Tea Leaves and Reads
    January 1, 1970
    "If I'd told the truth, it would have been fiction..."Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous - she's perfect.So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he's no stranger to the police.Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.This is a clever book because it's told from s "If I'd told the truth, it would have been fiction..."Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous - she's perfect.So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he's no stranger to the police.Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.This is a clever book because it's told from six narrative strands and the author doesn't seem to slip up at all! Each narrative travels seamlessly into the next whilst we are also indulged with snippets from Eva's diary...or are we... The questions you have throughout this book will still be there at the end!At times I felt like some of the narratives were immature and childish in their language and attitudes. It frustrated me until I realised that it was exactly what was supposed to happen... the narratives were true to each character, giving a little or a lot through varied expression and linguistics. At times though the characters were a bit weak and lacking in depth. This is marketed as a Young Adult Thriller - I don't think that should put off the 'older adults' though as it's a book that can grip anyone.The final chapter though... I don't know. It didn't sit right with me. It was rushed, and it left me with more questions. Perhaps there's room for book two...The author appears to have an empty back catalogue.. that's because she's published under her real name previously (Sam Mills) - and has had three young adult novels one of which is being adapted for film!
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  • Coco
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 conflicting stars ★★★(★)The synopsis had a great introduction that hooked me to read the book. At the start the character introductions were very basic and boring but it got better throughout the story. By the half-way mark it became difficult to put the book down and I was so excited to find out the truth behind the murder. The most interesting part was the use of different formats throughout the book. Information is passed to you through story telling, diary and blog entries, even chat con 3.5 conflicting stars ★★★(★)The synopsis had a great introduction that hooked me to read the book. At the start the character introductions were very basic and boring but it got better throughout the story. By the half-way mark it became difficult to put the book down and I was so excited to find out the truth behind the murder. The most interesting part was the use of different formats throughout the book. Information is passed to you through story telling, diary and blog entries, even chat conversations. The blog entries gave a gossip girl feeling and I loved that. I don’t know how I feel/felt about Luke as a character. He gets way too angry and impatient. His anger problems are kind of addressed with his past and family situations, but it doesn’t help me empathise for the character or feel anger towards him. I feel like I would've enjoyed reading it more if I could relate to him better. The ending is somewhat ambiguous and I’m wondering if it’s to prepare for a sequel? For mystery/thriller books I really think there is no point in that. Good murder stories can be played out well in a one-hour TV show episode/movie.I will give some credit for the complexity of character relationships, as you find out more about who is who and how names you glance over actually play important roles. Overall it was an enjoyable book but perhaps cannot live up to other books I’ve read with a similar genre.Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Children's Books for the ARC!
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  • Jayne Catherine pinkett
    January 1, 1970
    Wow guys. You seriously need to read this one.
  • Meredith Mara
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars :)
  • Azura Chan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very compelling. It got me to keep on reading until the last page. So many questions and so much conflicts. However, I dislikes the characters in this book. I tried to like one of them but no, the more I know about them the more I feel distracted with their characters.
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  • Meggan Turner
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! Loved the writing style and the blog posts, but the ending lacked something for me!
  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book from Hachette Australia (thank you, thank you) and didn't know what to expect. But I found the blurb interesting, and as soon as I started I was hooked.Eva is pretty, smart, rich and popular. So when she goes missing and then found dead in a ditch, everyone is shocked. Not to mention that it doesn't take long for people to start pointing a finger at her boyfriend, Luke.It turns out that the night she was killed, she was at a party and had an argument I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book from Hachette Australia (thank you, thank you) and didn't know what to expect. But I found the blurb interesting, and as soon as I started I was hooked.Eva is pretty, smart, rich and popular. So when she goes missing and then found dead in a ditch, everyone is shocked. Not to mention that it doesn't take long for people to start pointing a finger at her boyfriend, Luke.It turns out that the night she was killed, she was at a party and had an argument with Luke. He was also the last person to see her alive.As the investigation deepens, it soon becomes obvious that Eva wasn't who everyone thought she was. And as the secrets are slowly uncovered, the story of Eva's life isn't as happy as onlookers thought...Wow. This book was SO good.The mystery of what really happened to Eva was so intriguing. I couldn't stop turning the pages. Hardly noticed the hours slipping away as I tried to unravel a web that seemed to tighten instead of loosen.Yikes!I loved the way the story was told by featuring a bunch of POVs, and how all of them added a little more to complicate things. Luke, the poor boyfriend, who loved her so much but had so many personal issues. Carolina, the secret friend, and daughter of the lead detective, who has her own agenda. Siobhan, the actual best friend, who is easily manipulated and clueless. Rob, Luke's friend, who is divided between his loyalty and future career prospects. Mr Abdul, the kind teacher who knew how to say all the right words of encouragement.And every single one hides the potential secrets capable of destroying themselves, and so much more.Eva's diary also revealed the juicy details of a teenage girl in search of passion and danger. The blog entries added fuel to the fire.I thought the intricate balance between the characters and the events--both past and present--added together, increased the tension and suspicion of just about all the players.Another very cool thing about this sad story was how all the characters suffer through their share of moral dilemmas. All these people do good and bad things, make good and bad decisions, and are never quite sure if they can trust anyone--even themselves.It Ends With You is an intense and wicked YA murder mystery that hooked me instantly. It's a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down! The level of paranoia increases almost as fast as the suspicion.It's a book that isn't afraid to delve into some very uncomfortable situations about the divide between teenagers and adults. And THAT ending was so unexpected, so unique. So clever.I seriously couldn't put this down!
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  • Chantelle Hazelden
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book that I requested based on the fact that I'd really enjoyed previous novels from this author.I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but what I got was a book that wouldn't allow me to put it down.A girl gone missing, last seen arguing with her boyfriend in the woods, seems like a straight forward case but you never know what you might find in the woods!Every few pages I was so sure that I had managed to work out just what had happened, who'd committed that crime and then another cu This was a book that I requested based on the fact that I'd really enjoyed previous novels from this author.I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but what I got was a book that wouldn't allow me to put it down.A girl gone missing, last seen arguing with her boyfriend in the woods, seems like a straight forward case but you never know what you might find in the woods!Every few pages I was so sure that I had managed to work out just what had happened, who'd committed that crime and then another curve ball was thrown in.Whilst I'd love to give this story 5 stars it fell slightly short for me because of two things. Firstly some of the writing came across as too childish, I know it was being told from a teenagers point of view but it just didn't make me feel the emotions that I'm sure the author was trying to generate and that brings me on to my second point.Over all the tale is a clever one, a great concept, the mix of thriller, crime and mystery was a well balanced however I felt there were certain moments that were perhaps rushed, brushed over, they lacked a certain detail to give it that real 'OMG' factor.It Ends With You is a book that will keep you on your toes and the ending is certainly not one you could guess because the real question is who is the 'you' that it ends with?
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Liked the twists but didn’t think it was particularly original or believable. Very pacy though, raced through it.
  • Aileen (Ailz) Grist
    January 1, 1970
    I found this a very anticlimactic book. It went exactly as expected - beautiful rich girl & bad boy - check, girl murdered - check - boy accused - doubts cast - trial etc etc.
  • .Louise.☽
    January 1, 1970
    My review available here: https://alittlefoolreads.wordpress.co...
  • meg chia
    January 1, 1970
    4.25With all the twists, it's an unexpected but expected book!
  • Jenna Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    Although this is classed as YA, like many other books in this genre it can be enjoyed by any age, especially those who love mystery/thrillers. When Eva is found murdered, the main suspect is quickly established as Luke, Eva’s boyfriend who has a temper and was deemed by many as not good enough for her. The story is told from various points of view, as well as diary entries. This means you don’t know who is reliable. The writing is brilliantly done and drew me in as I couldn’t wait to find out wh Although this is classed as YA, like many other books in this genre it can be enjoyed by any age, especially those who love mystery/thrillers. When Eva is found murdered, the main suspect is quickly established as Luke, Eva’s boyfriend who has a temper and was deemed by many as not good enough for her. The story is told from various points of view, as well as diary entries. This means you don’t know who is reliable. The writing is brilliantly done and drew me in as I couldn’t wait to find out who the killer was.The only flaw ai found was the ending felt a little rushed.
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  • CherryCarrot
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I did enjoy It Ends With You. The premise is nothing new, but I don't read thrillers for their originality. I feel the book really sped up in the second half and became more compelling. I really liked the curveball that Eva was seeing DI Jackson - it was suitably creepy - and felt this was the best part of the book. I liked that via Eva's diary we got to know her - often in "dead girl" books the dead girl is someone the reader doesn't get to know.However, as with other "almost really go Overall, I did enjoy It Ends With You. The premise is nothing new, but I don't read thrillers for their originality. I feel the book really sped up in the second half and became more compelling. I really liked the curveball that Eva was seeing DI Jackson - it was suitably creepy - and felt this was the best part of the book. I liked that via Eva's diary we got to know her - often in "dead girl" books the dead girl is someone the reader doesn't get to know.However, as with other "almost really good" books there were a number of things that really bugged me - I will go into length to try to articulate this, with the proviso that even though I'm being critical here, I did enjoy reading this book:- Characterisation - this is the big area where I think IEWY falls on its sword. With the exception of Eva - who felt fully realised, and I enjoyed reading about even if I thought she was a pretty horrible! - I had no emotional connection or engagement to the characters, and this was a big flaw. I understand that the author is going for moral ambiguity, but in my opinion the book would be served far better if the reader had someone to really root for. Take Carolina, who takes on the role of detective - she is one character who clearly does not kill Eva, so I think she could have been written as a stronger, gutsier character you really liked, even if she makes mistake. Instead, she comes across as very confused as a character - when we first meet her she comes across as quite wet and immature (I read her as much younger than 17, especially as her desire to be a detective felt so juvenile) and a bit of a geek, but when you come to know her a bit better she doesn't feel like a geek at all; she's clearly astute, quite socially confident, and intelligent, if a little sad. Her being revealed as the blog writer didn't add a tremendous amount to the plot, and also didn't seem convincing - I just never bought that it was something she would do, which is perhaps because I was never convinced by her status as an outcast. I also was really missing a big showdown between her and her dad once it was unveiled that he was Eva's lover - I really liked this twist, but wanted to really get to grips with its emotional complexity, and felt it was a missed opportunity. But Caroline seems to take her dad having sex with Eva in her stride. And as for how suddenly she decides she's in love with Luke? It honestly felt like she decided it because the plot dictated it, not because it was a natural progression of her character, and made her come across as weak when her previous actions showed she is not weak.Luke, too, left me cold, and that's a real failing of the book. I didn't find his voice convincing. He is supposed to be poor, and yet he has a car, and smokes Marlboros (rather than cheaper roll ups), and what was all his talk of marriage with Eva? Even the sappiest 18 year old, I think, would probably not talk about that, not in 2016 (when the book is set). The book would have worked best, I think, if Luke had been written so the reader was really rooting for him, and felt furious at how he was being accused of killing Eva - but was still suspicious that he might have done it... I have a feeling this may have been what the author was going for, but it didn't come off the page.I did quite like the supporting cast - Siobhan's chapters were used to good effect, and it was refreshing that Rob was basically a good guy (wannabe Tory MP and posh guys always seem to be villains - so plus points that this time he wasn't!), and as I said, Eva was well done - but Luke and Carolina really carry the plot, and I think they're what let it down. It is always difficult with multiple POV books which involve a passage of time, as you feel you miss out on important conversations and scenes just because there isn't space (for example, we were missing a scene with Luke and his mum following him being sent to prison, I felt, and I've already mentioned a showdown between Carolina and her dad). The book also felt like it could have benefited from more dialogue, and the teen voices sometimes felt very old (some of the words they used were old-fashioned, especially in the romantic scenes).Also - granted, I was reading when I was tired, so may not have been paying total attention - I still don't understand Sebastian's motives for killing Eva? OK, she behaved badly towards him, but it didn't feel like a strong enough motive for murder? Nasty letters / blackmail felt more inkeeping with his character. I also didn't get why he kept coming onto Siobhan? Perhaps a stronger ending to the book would have been a short section from Sebastian's POV explaining what he did and why because I'm struggling here...Let me reiterate: I did enjoy IEWY. I felt it was well-paced and compelling and I was fully drawn in. I certainly enjoyed it a lot more than Thirteen Minutes by Sarah Pinborough, a book it reminded me of very much. I'm just writing this to try to express the things that held this OK book - which had the potential to be really good - back, because they're all things that could have been fixed with a little editing.
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  • Adelyne
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books where I get to the end and I really hate the author. This previous sentence, and my rating, are both strongly influenced by how much I dislike open and/or anticlimactic endings, and I felt in a way that this was a bit of both – so if you don’t mind either or both of these, and you enjoy good mysteries, then you’ll probably like this book much more than I did. To start off with the positives, I did like how the story was built up not only from multiple perspectives (the This is one of those books where I get to the end and I really hate the author. This previous sentence, and my rating, are both strongly influenced by how much I dislike open and/or anticlimactic endings, and I felt in a way that this was a bit of both – so if you don’t mind either or both of these, and you enjoy good mysteries, then you’ll probably like this book much more than I did. To start off with the positives, I did like how the story was built up not only from multiple perspectives (there are 6 narrators used throughout the book, with a change in each of the chapters), but each with something of their own to hide and a different source of bias when looking at the evidence. On top of that, there are non-narrator characters each with their own little agenda or secret that they are determined to keep hidden. There is also some degree of time-jumping, as one of the narrators is the dead girl Eva, which I thought was a clever way of bringing things into the picture. All of these put together made for a fast-paced read pretty much from the get-go, and my heart was racing right through till the end. This one is classified as a YA, I thought it was quite advanced for that actually, as the reader has to take the multiple points-of-view into context and the potential sources of subjectivity that each of the characters may be subject to. Some other reviewers have mentioned not really liking any of the characters, and I see where they are coming from, but I genuinely did like a number of them especially Luke and Carolina. Despite his anger issues (which is one of the reasons he can come off as unlikeable), to me Luke was simply a rather confused teenager who is struggling to find his feet in the world and, despite having won a scholarship to study at a private school which his mother would otherwise not have been able to afford, still finds himself subject to discrimination due to his family background. It was so easy to want to give him a hug / a second chance, and although there are several characters in the book that he looks up to and who promise they believe and will help him, one by one they disappear when other priorities take precedence – Rob with his offer from the University of Cambridge and Mr Abdul when he feels the need to protect his foster daughter are notable examples. Luke gets grilled about whether or not he “truly loved” Eva during his court case, presumably a ploy by the prosecution to paint him in a bad light, but seriously what 18-year old actually know what that means? For all that was described, Luke seemed to me like a proper gentleman who would look out for his girl, albeit with a bit of a quick temper and a tendency to brandish his knife, and Eva seemed like the “bad” one in the relationship. Having said that, as I neared the end of the book I started to fear the worst about not having a proper conclusion and unfortunately I was proven right on several accounts. Heck, I would have even settled for an ending where Luke kills himself in his prison cell (even though I’d really grown to like him by this stage!), because I thought that would have given more closure than what the book actually does, and would actually have made a point. Instead, we get a wishy-washy ending which pretty much proves that (a) people can get away with all sorts of crime so long as they are sneaky enough, or rich enough, or powerful enough and (b) that social status does trump at the end of the day. This was really a case of me enjoying 350 pages of the book, only for the last 10 pages to completely undo that. 2.5 stars, for the build-up which I did enjoy I will give 3 on Goodreads.
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