One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Posted September 10, 2017 | 24 Comments

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManusOne of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 370
Source: Publisher

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.

Well, well, this was better than I expected. I’m usually reluctant to read YA mystery, but there was something about One of Us is Lying that told me to go for it. Glad I did.

At first I thought I’d have a difficult time keeping track of which character I was reading, because it switches between four different perspectives in first person, but that wasn’t the case. Each one has a distinct voice. They might seem cliche at first, but there’s more under the surface that shows we don’t always know how people really are. 

It’s a nicely done mystery that kept me wondering for most of the book. What really happened was my top scenario from the beginning, but there was always those seeds of doubt that had me working out other possibilities.

There’s some good character growth, especially with one in particular View Spoiler ». I also like how the families and the different dynamics played a part.

Overall, this is a quick and enjoyable read.

 

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24 responses to “One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  1. I thought the different POV’s were handled well, too, they each felt unique. And I agree with your spoiler, the character development there was one of my favorite parts of the book.
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