One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (Review)

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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.

368 pages

Hardback Published May 30th 2017 by Delacourt Press (US) – Left cover

Paperback & Kindle Available June 1st 2017 (UK) – Right Cover

A good way to explain the premise of this is to say it is a combination of “The Breakfast Club” and an Agatha Christie locked room whodunnit.

I devoured this one pretty quickly, and it was honestly the first YA Thriller I have ever read.

5 kids in detention, for something they all swear they didn’t do. All totally different, seemingly unconnected. One of them is a social media gossip who seems to love shaming people for what he sees as doing something wrong. He never leaves the detention room… but who killed him?

As the story unfolds, new friendships and relationships are formed, journeys of self-discovery happen all over the place which I loved. The mystery aspect was great, keeping you guessing as it unravelled… I did guess what had happened before it was revealed, but nonetheless it was a very enjoyable way to wrap it all up.

Told from multiple perspectives there was always the worry that it could become muddled, and there being difficulty telling the characters apart, but I didn’t have this problem. I felt the different voices were all distinct.

Really well written. Really engaging story. Characters that were well formed and developed, each with their own voice.

Highly recommended. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that it involves some serious mental health issues that weren’t handled. They weren’t done badly, just kind of skimmed over. For me that isn’t a good thing.

Received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus


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