REVIEW: One of Us is Lying 

Title: One of Us Is Lying 

Author: Karen M. McManus

Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction

Publication date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 978-1-5247-1468-0


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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)


Mystery books are one of the genres I just love to read. Why you ask? Because they’re intriguing and captivating. There are puzzles to solve and as a reader, I get to play Sherlock Holmes piecing together clues, thinking about possibilities and drawing my own conclusions. Doesn’t that sounds thrilling?

I have read various mystery books before which I have enjoyed reading, but this one is different usually take a few chapters or so before something really good happens that seals the deal, but the author doesn’t beat around the bush just to make the story line longer than necessary. In fact, she drops the ball from the very first page. BAM! you’re hooked…and I was.  

As readers, we all have our own favorite genres, writing styles, and reading habits. Personally, I’m not too fond of dual or multiple POVs  Every character has their own chapters which I found a little frustrating because I wanted to read my favorite character’s side most of the time. Some character POVs just weren’t that interesting. Nevertheless, I think this writing style is a good way for the readers to have an understanding of each character’s personality.  

On the first part of the book the main characters were introduced; Bronwyn the Brain, Addy the Beauty, Nate the Criminal, Cooper the Athlete, and Simon the Outcast. Each of these characters are flawed to some extent harboring secrets they don’t want people to know. When Simon dies, each of them become suspects…but only one is lying. Deep in misery, these characters all begin to publicize their darkest secrets until the truth is finally unveiled.

Apart from the mystery, the suspense and the thrill, I love that this book is about discovering that you can actually become friends with those you normally gossip about through unexpected scenarios in our lives. The people who we least expect to be our friends actually are the ones who sometimes end up sticking by our side through the rough times.One of Us is Lying is a story about acceptance and forgiveness. The characters are flawed and so are we. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. We keep secrets because we think it’s safer to do. But we should all remember that nothing will remain a secret forever. The truth always comes out no matter what we do. It’s best to just accept and do what is right even though the right thing can be scary.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, you should all read this and be in love with all the characters villain or not.. it turns out my guess about who did the crime was right…read the book and let’s talk soon!😉



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