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Review: One of Us is Lying

Updated: Mar 2

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M, McManus

Date Published: Published May 30th 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Mystery


Synopsis


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.

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Review


This was a delightful, easy read that’s perfect for fans looking for some light YA mystery.


5 unfortunate students end up in detention one day, all of which appear to be a stereotype from high school – there’s Cooper, the Jock who’s looking to get a sports scholarship or join the baseball league, Bronwyn, the Valedictorian type who’s aiming for Yale to follow the family legacy, Addy, who’s a homecoming princess in the perfect relationship, Nate, from the wrong side of town on probation of drug dealing and finally there’s Simon, the boy who created a blog to expose secrets and humiliate his classmates.

An incident in detection quickly results in Simon’s death and consequently police investigations follow due to a series of suspicious circumstances. Four people who barely knew each other and now united by their involvement in detection that day.


I really enjoyed this book, the death happened quickly which was great as I prefer to get on with the mystery part rather then get to wrapped up in set up. The pacing of the book was enjoyable and flowed easily. I thought it was fun seeing how the four interacted after the events and how each of them handled it. Throughout the story, you never quite knew what would happen next, all of them had secrets they didn’t want exposed but as the secrets were outed, and relationships were developed, the story was gripping. The mystery aspect was excellently done and there was enough new information introduced regularly that kept you guessing. I loved finding out the secrets of the gang and waiting to see how the chips would fall.


At first, I disliked Cooper and Addy but as the book went on, I came to love them. Cooper had a lot more depth to him than I expected, and Addy especially, really came into herself and learnt a lot about her friends, her own worth and how she wanted to live. I was really wonderful seeing Addy’s character arc and was one of my favourite aspects. I also love the characters of Bronwyn and Nate and seeing how their lives became more intertwined as the story went on. Each character was much more than their supposed stereotype, and this was wonderfully shown throughout the book.


Overall it was a great read, and McManus pulled it all together very nicely. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery and though it was a little predictable it was still a fun read.


Rating: 3.5 Stars


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