One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus – Review

one of us is lying

Synopsis Logo

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 Rating Logo5 star logo

A unique murder mystery revolved around five entirely different students, this is no Sherlock Holmes novel folks!

My Thoughts

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!

When I heard about this book launch a few months back, I was so intrigued to read it and see what it was all about. I was really curious about the concept and couldn’t wait to see how it played out. Although it is a YA book – my favourite kind – the theme is not one that I generally read. I love a good old romance set in a fantasy world and this is far from that. That being said I was totally hooked from the very start and DID NOT put this down until I knew ‘whodunnit’.

What initially pulled me in was that the characters had a real ‘Breakfast Club’ feel for me (which if you haven’t seen – seriously you need to!) and I wonder if the author took some inspiration from the film. Simon the outcast is said victim and the creator of the schools gossip app. He was about to air the dirty laundry of each of his detention buddies, making them the perfect suspects.

Bronwyn the brain, Nate the criminal, Addy the beauty, and Cooper the athlete. I love that although the characters are labelled with ‘brain – beauty’ etc, they are definitely not stereotypical high school students. For instance Addy is in the popular group along with Cooper, but neither are stuck up unlike the usual conceited cliche that we are accustomed to. They all have their own issues and secrets, which slowly unravel and come to surface as time goes on. There is a ton of personal development through the book and you start to genuinely sympathies for each character. I think there is a character for everyone in this book, someone you can relate to from personal experience which I really love.

There is a small romance in the book (Yay for me!) and I liked how it slowly built into something and was genuine, no insta love here. Despite the fact that this was a murder book, it had some funny moments and light hearted-ness too, not all doom and gloom. I really wanted to crack the case! There are LOADS of twists and red herrings to keep you on your toes and really absorbed in the story. I had an inkling of who it was throughout the book, but I kept second guessing myself. I applaud the author for her cleverness in fooling me so many times – but the clues are there if you’re smart enough to figure it out!

‘Everyone has secret’s, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.’.


5 thoughts on “One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus – Review

  1. I thought this was really good too. I loved The Breakfast Club feel of it, and that all four of the characters had secrets that slowly came out. Plus Addy’s evolution was awesome!

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