One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus Book Review

I was sent a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 

Synopsis: One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

My Review:

One of us is lying has joined my list of books read-in-one-sitting. It was absolutely gripping and I could not put it down until I’d reached the last page. When I finally did reach the final one I didn’t want the book to end.

Karen McManus managed to fill this book with so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The story of the four characters was very well written. I wasn’t just interested in finding out who the killer was as I normally am with most crime books, but I wanted to know the individual story of each character.

At the start of the book each character is stereotyped; Bronwyn is the smart one, Addy the airhead, Cooper the perfect jock and Tate the criminal. But, as the story goes on the stereotypes are slowly stripped away showing the real person beneath.

The book alternates between the characters’ PoVs. At first, it took a couple chapters from each person to be able to switch between the characters. Overall though, it did not take too long to switch from person to person smoothly.

The book overall is a very good YA high school story. It’s not something that is going to become a modern classic, but it’s a fast paced, intriguing and easy read that I’d recommend.


4/5 Stars


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