One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

About the book:

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On Thursday 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 investiΒ­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, 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 just 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 isn’t out until June, but you can pre-order your copy by clickingΒ HERE!

My thoughts:

So regulars readers of my blog will know I’m not a huge reader of YA (young adult) fiction. I don’t know why, it’s just not something that was on my radar until maybe the middle of last year. Well books like One Of Us Is Lying make me want to read it a hell of a lot more to be honest.

I had seen this book mentioned by one of my fave bloggers, Liz fromΒ Liz Loves Books, and we have pretty similar taste so I figured I’d give it a go. It helps that she described it in terms of The Breakfast Club movie, which is one of my all time favourite movies. I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d cave and break my Netgalley ban.

It was SO WORTH IT!!!

One Of Us Is Lying hooked me completely from the outset. I loved the premise. Five teenagers in detention and only 4 of them make it out alive. I mean, terrible yes, but how could you not want to find out why?! And the comparisons to the seminal John Hughes classic are not unwarranted. The characters are pretty much all present; the jock, the criminal, the athlete, the social outcast, the homecoming queen.

The chapters are told by the four different kids who get out of that classroom. Each one has their own voice, and by the end it was easier to distinguish one from the other. While they experienced a terrible situation, I found the destruction to their lives after the incident to be the most compelling to read. High school is a huge transformation period for these kids, and they have a massive shadow hanging over them, as they all get questioned in relation to what turns out to be murder.

Simon, the kid that was murdered, ran a gossip site, About That. Coincidentally, the day after his death, there were posts scheduled for the four others that were in detention with him, so it seems they all had something to lose. And motive.

What follows is utterly absorbing. Every chapter there is new information coming to light from somewhere. Every one of these teens is a suspect, every one of them had something to hide. One Of Us Is Lying shows the effects that secrets and lies can have on the lives of others, as well as the teenage psyche.

Loved this book, definitely one to watch out for in 2017. I don’t want to say any more for fear of spoiling anything!

Highly recommended!

21 thoughts on “One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  1. “Five teenagers in detention and only 4 of them make it out alive. I mean, terrible yes, but how could you not want to find out why?! ” This made me laugh out loud xD I’m still on the fence about this one because YA tends to make me roll my eyes! But great review!!

  2. The first thing that popped into my head reading the description was the breakfast club, though a bit of a less uplifting ending by the sounds of it!

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