One of Us Is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
Hardcover: 361 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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.” (goodreads)
This is a one sitting kind of book. Give yourself a few hours and read the whole thing. Otherwise, you might go insane with the need to keep reading.
I didn’t think this was the most well written thriller ever written. I didn’t think it was so amazing that I didn’t see the ending coming. In fact, I knew the murderer near the half way mark. But that didn’t stop me from needing to read the rest of the book. That didn’t stop me from needing to know why, or how, or what.
This is a fast paced book that makes you question everyone. Because, after all, Everyone has secrets, right?
What TOTALLY worked for me:
- I loved the characters. They each had a depth that you don’t see at the beginning. My favorite? Nate… for sure.
- I loved the pacing. You read the story from everyone’s POV and a lot of times that pulls you out of the story. In this case, I think it worked.
- I think it pretty accurately portrays what these teenagers would deal with at school while being murder suspects.
What DIDN’T work for me (without spoilers):
- The ex-boyfriend… Read the book and you’ll know why. And then chat with me so I can “What The?” with you.
- Again, the ex-BF… what the?
- And the best friend? Really? These two characters didn’t really run true to me. Their actions and such kind of felt out in left field. But they are not primary characters so I was able to overlook their mishaps.
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