One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus


“Things’ll get worse before they get better.” – Karen M. McManus

Synopsis: The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.”

This story I highly enjoyed. The book had a good plot, and the outcome of the murder did surprise me. It was an outcome I did not imagine. The book felt like a good mix of YA and mystery/thriller, which I love. Not many YA books can pull it off to have a good mystery or thriller aspect in them. It get’s predictable and over-the-top most of the times. One of Us is Lying didn’t have that. The story was unpredictable and had some tension. Also it wasn’t over-the-top.

The main characters in this book were very diverse. Complete opposites, but still connecting after everything that happened. I loved the relationship between Bronwyn and Nate. It was very cute. All of the main characters had something likeable about them. All of the four suspects are portrayed in a way to make them look bad, but I loved them. Also, they all have their secrets.

I do get the comparing between Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club. We see the highly diverse group like The Breakfast Club and the obvious detention they get into. We see the Pretty Little Liars side in the mystery/murder part of the book.

Simon was murdered, but it was hard to feel sad for him. When you’ve read the book, you will understand what I mean. The whole outcome of the story felt so pathetic to me. Not pathetic in the way the story went, but how pathetic Simon was. I have no sympathy for him or his friends. He hurt so many people by basically bullying them. On the other side, he brought people together who wouldn’t even come close to each other and he made them show their true self. The story of cooper was heart-warming.

The little annoying thing, that is just personal and not affecting my rating, is the ignorance of the police/detectives. From the story you hear them suspecting only the four people in the room. Everyone outside that room is ruled out, as well as the teacher who even was in the detention room as well. The police therefore annoyed me so much. Everyone could have done is, unless proven wrong.

I gave this book 4/5 stars. Overall this was a very engaging book.

Happy reading everyone!


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