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

The new YA thriller One of Us Is Lying is a new take on the Breakfast Club. Five students enter detention, but only four of them make it out.

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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.

I’m going to just say it: One of Is Lying was, without a doubt, flawless.

The characters were all phenomenal. Each one of them were so unique and had so many stories that tied together- but McManus keeps them brilliantly organized for the reader. My personal favorite was Bronwyn all the way through the book, but other characters like Addy warm up to readers as they grow throughout the book.

The setting was great, too. It captures the drama-filled events of high school and the delicate balance of social groups. Any reader who has experienced high school immediately relates to the characters and remembers their own secondary school stresses.

Now, on to (what I believe to be) the best part of the book: the mystery of who killed Simon.

Of course, as I went through the book, I had several theories develop in my head as more and more information was revealed as characters got deeper and deeper into the investigation. And, I will say, out of the dozens of theories I made throughout the novel, only one of them was right. And it wasn’t even about the identity of the murder, just a small revelation along the way.

I fully recommend this book to anyone with an interest in young adult literature. Not a fan of mysteries and thrillers? Don’t worry, this book will change that. And if you have time to read this book in one sitting, do it. Because every minute that goes by without knowing who killed Simon will seem impossible to wait through.

One of Us Is Lying gets, without a doubt, five stars.


To those who have read One of Us Is Lying, were you right about anything? (No spoilers!)

And to those who haven’t, well, why haven’t you yet? (I joke. Books can be hard to get ahold of.) Have you ever read anything like this book? And do you think you could crack the mystery?



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And a note: this will be my last post for a bit! I’m leaving for a weeklong trip to Puerto Rico tomorrow morning!


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