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

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New York Times bestseller

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.


Is it just me, or does that cover totally sell the book? From the moment I saw this one I knew I had to get it. Until I saw it was multi-POV. I really don’t dig it. Multi-POV is sooooo hard to get right and from the top of my head I only know one author who has done it well.

That said, it wasn’t too bad.

One Of Us Is Lying was a great debut. The writing is strong, the concept is fantastic, and the characters were really relatable. Marketed as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars is the most spot on comps I’ve heard of in a long time.

Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper are the main narrators. I can’t say I like any one of them more than the others, but as the cover clearly states, they’re pretty cliché. The author did try to delve a little deeper into their personalities but with four perspectives we’re never with each character long enough to really care deeply about them.

That said, I seriously enjoyed this book. It was a great read, and I loved the mystery to it.

The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. The climax was great, and written really well, but I picked who ‘did it’ right from the start. That could come down to the enormous amount of YA I read, but I really would have loved to be totally surprised. I’m yet to find a murder mystery that has completely taken the ground out from under me.

I definitely recommend reading.


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Heather is rep’d by Carrie Howland of Empire Literary

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