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

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. 

 

If there was ever a Netflix Original series to binge watch in one sitting it would be this book! Dubbed as ‘The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars’, this YA novel by Karen M.McManus is the epitome of a page turner and it truly held my attention from beginning to end. The pacing was brilliant and I was desperate to find out who killed Simon. As with all YA novels, there is a lot of romance woven into the plot, however it didn’t induce the usual ‘pass me the sick bucket’ vibe I so often get when reading books for teens. I think this is because McManus developed her characters well and the romance, alongside all the mystery and criminal interrogation, was impressively believable.

One Of Us Is Lying begins at Bayview High School where five teens, including Simon, are in detention for having their phones in class. When a sudden car accident occurs right outside the main entrance, the students are left alone to complete their essays but only four come out alive. What happened to Simon forms the rest of the plot as the reader hears from each character as they come to terms with what has happened.  It becomes evident that each and every teen has a motive for murdering Simon as they are all linked to his gossip app ‘About That’. All of them are suspects creating the ultimate ‘whodunnit’ mystery. One of them is lying, but who? With four POVs, I sometimes lost track of who was who and found myself flitting back to check the entry name. The characters were all quite similar in voice and could have done with being that little bit more diverse.

The ending, although not what I wanted or expected, was tied together well. Did I see it coming? No. Was I on the edge of my seat? Yes. If you’re looking for a quick, thrilling read, this is the one!

Rating: 4/5

 

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