Friday, March 2, 2018

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

Title: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus 
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Format: Hardcover 

Page Count: 361


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. (taken from

“It's too bad, because there might've been potential if we'd gone about things differently.
But I'm starting to realize there are some things you can't undo, 
no matter how good your intentions are. 

Lately, I've been reading a string of books that were uber popular months ago but that I never got around to checking out. Unfortunately, I've been disappointed by several of them, which is why I was a little skeptical when I picked up One of Us Is Lying. Fortunately, this one was far from disappointing.

As you probably know, this story follows four stereotypical high school students: the brainiac, the rebel, the jock, and the golden girl. I was initially concerned that these characters would devolve into cliche, shallow representations of their respective cliques, but fortunately, they didn't. Kudos to McManus for avoiding that trap!

When Simon was murdered, I was determined to unravel the mystery before the book ended. Although I did figure out the big reveal in advance, it took me much longer than I thought it would, which indicates that this is a pretty wonderfully-crafted murder mystery.

The biggest reason I would rate this book highly is that I couldn't put it down. It's been some time since I stumbled across a book that had me thinking "just one more chapter" over and over again. I raced through One of Us Is Lying simply because I couldn't wait to find out who was behind the giant conspiracy.

So, overall, my thoughts on this book are pretty straightforward: it's an addictive mystery with fun characters, great writing, and plenty of twists and turns. Highly recommend it to lovers of The Breakfast Club and Thirteen Reasons Why