One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

Genre: Fiction, YA, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

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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.


*Received as an ARC from Netgalley*

The plot twists in this book! Ah!

Before going into this book everyone was talking about how it’s like The Breakfast Club aka one of the best films of all time. I thought there’s no way this book could actually live up to the standards of this classic film, however it came pretty close.

At the start of the book we meet 5 characters, they’re all in detention claiming they were framed, then an incident occurs and one of them dies. Suddenly everyone in the room becomes a suspect, did they do it? Did they work together, individually or were they set up?

Normally I’m not a big fan of murder mysteries, I usually see the killer right away or can figure out the red herrings and so by the time the killer is revealed I’ve lost all interest. This didn’t happen at all here. All the way through I had no idea who the killer was and as soon as some new piece of evidence was exposed I was then convinced the person relating to that evidence was the killer…and yet it wasn’t! The clues just kept on coming and by the end I was like “of course! Now it makes so much sense!” It was such a satisfying feeling when all the clues came together and the truth actually came out. In most mystery books there are always some little parts that don’t get resolved however here everything was rounded off neatly leaving you feeling satisfied yet bemused that you didn’t figure it out for yourself.

At the start of the book the jumping between characters can be a little confusing however stick with it because as soon as you find out more about each character it suddenly becomes a lot easier to switch between characters and they each have their own unique voices. Although the characters have such different personalities I found myself loving each and every one of them! There is also a love story developing throughout the story however instead of the soppy teen romance you are thinking it is cute and completely not forced like most YA books nowadays. You find yourself rooting for the two lovebirds and hoping they aren’t involved in the murder.

Definitely one to read if you like thrillers as this one will leave you guessing till the very end and you will never guess who the killer is!

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: A deceptive thriller!


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