Book Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.

– from goodreads

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This book was definitely entertaining and full of suspense. I figured out the twist about halfway through but that didn’t deter me from enjoying it. I enjoyed the carefully interwoven stories and the unfolding of the characters. I love character progression and this was chock full of it.

I’m not a huge fan of multiple first person points of view. So if you aren’t into that style of writing I recommend you not reading this. It works though for this type of story. There are some parts that rubbed me the wrong way, but they added to the story, making it more suspenseful and bringing a new view to the whole situation. The things that made me uncomfortable, were supposed to make you uncomfortable or angry. This is a book that you will have definite opinions on, both on the characters and the situations involved. Everybody has something to hide and some of those things are bigger than others.

However what is keeping me from giving this book a higher rating are a couple of things. In my opinion some of the characters needed more to them, they seemed to suddenly change rather than progress. In my opinion some of the secondary characters seemed a bit more fleshed out at times. The pacing was well done, until the end where it seemed to ramp up way too fast. It all seemed to fall into place at the end, which seemed at odds with how the story was laid out.

So here’s the issue, I liked the book and I would recommend it but its not perfect. If you like the tension of an in depth murder mystery full of twists and turns, then this book is for you!

Mystery/Thriller – Young Adult

Review also on my Goodreads!




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