“The Queen of Teen Crime,” Karen M. McManus, is back again with a new thrilling mystery called Nothing More to Tell! This book kept us on the edge of our seats, it was so binge-worthy! Speaking of binge reading sessions, today we’re recommending five songs that are perfect for your playlist while reading this new release!
Summary: Four years ago, Brynn left Saint Ambrose School following the shocking murder of her favorite teacher—a story that made headlines after the teacher’s body was found by three Saint Ambrose students in the woods behind their school. The case was never solved. Now that Brynn is moving home and starting her dream internship at a true-crime show, she’s determined to find out what really happened.
The kids who found Mr. Larkin are her way in, and her ex–best friend, Tripp Talbot, was one of them. Without his account of events, the other two kids might have gone down for Mr. Larkin’s murder—but instead, thanks to Tripp, they’re now at the top of the Saint Ambrose social pyramid. Tripp’s friends have never forgotten what Tripp did for them that day, and neither has he. Just like he hasn’t forgotten that everything he told the police was a lie.
Digging into the past is bound to shake up the present, and when Brynn begins to investigate what happened in the woods that day, she uncovers secrets that might change everything—about Saint Ambrose, about Mr. Larkin, and about her ex-best friend, Tripp Talbot.
Four years ago someone got away with murder. More terrifying is that they might be closer than anyone thinks.
Content Warnings: murder, grief, violence, kidnapping, car accident
Taylor Swift – ‘no body, no crime (feat. HAIM)’
The cold case of Mr. Larkin’s murder is a classic small-town mystery. As Brynn and Tripp investigated the case, we couldn’t help but think about ‘no body, no crime’ by Taylor Swift. This song is about a girl whose friend goes missing, and she’s convinced that the husband committed the crime. She’s determined to find evidence and figure out the truth, just like Brynn, and the tone and vibe of the song match the book in many ways.
Listen to ‘no body, no crime’ here!
Simple Minds – ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’
When everyone gathers at Brynn’s house to discuss their findings on the case, her uncle Nick is sifting through some old records in the basement. There he finds a copy of ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ and he starts singing the classic lyrics. It’s a light-hearted time in this thrilling mystery and it let us get a glimpse into the characters’ personalities.
Listen to ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ here!
Brye – ‘LEMONS (with Cavetown)’
While Brynn is investigating the murder of her favorite teacher, she can’t help but remember how he always said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemon cake.” So we knew we had to include a song about lemons and that classic phrase. ‘LEMONS (with Cavetown)’ talks about a toxic relationship where when “life gives you lemons”, a person takes it out on those around them: “you don’t make lemonade, you use them to make girls cry.” The theme of rocky relationships plays a big part in Nothing More to Tell, and the chilling vibes of this song definitely add to the tense and spooky atmosphere of the book.
Listen to ‘LEMONS (with Cavetown)’ here!
Taylor Swift – ‘Don’t Blame Me’
Throughout the course of Nothing More to Tell, many of the characters make decisions based on their emotions. They’ll do anything for the people they love and this sometimes leads to not so smart choices. We think this is perfectly described in Taylor Swift’s song ‘Don’t Blame Me’ where she says that “love made me crazy” because after all, sometimes you’ll do anything to keep your loved ones safe.
Listen to ‘Don’t Blame Me’ here!
Rage Against The Machine – ‘Testify’
In Nothing More to Tell, Tripp has a rocky relationship with his parents. And with everything else going on, he works through his stress by going out for morning runs. While we don’t know exactly what was on his running playlist, we do know that he listened to Rage Against the Machine, and we think ‘Testify’ would fit perfectly. A great running song with loud drums and vocals, we think it would help Tripp blow off some steam. Plus, the lyrics about being a witness and talking about the justice system also match themes from the book.
Listen to ‘Testify’ here!
Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus is out August 30th and is available for pre-order here!
That’s a wrap for our song recommendations for your Nothing More to Tell reading playlist! Do you have any favorite true crime podcasts? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! You can also visit us on Facebook and Instagram!
Craving more book content? Check this out!
What's Your Reaction?
Find Paige on Instagram @pagebypaigebooks. Paige is a bookstagrammer and blogger who loves all things bookish. From fantasy to mystery she can’t get enough! She’s always ready to recommend you a book and she can talk about her favourites all day. When she’s not reading, you can find her watching Marvel movies, playing video games, and taking bookstagram photos.