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Book Review: ‘One of us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus

Title: One of us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Length: 358 pages

Publisher: Penguin


This book was first published in 2017 and I’ve only just read it. Why did I wait so long?

Five students walk into detention. Only four leave alive. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing on the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider, Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them ever any of them again. He died 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

‘You find out who your real friends are when stuff like this happens. Turns out I didn’t have any…’

Like I said, this book has been on my TBR for a long time. I was waiting for the right time to read it. Now, I’m a little annoyed at myself for waiting so long.

This book has such a clever premise. It’s such a good idea. It’s a young adult book, but I think one can cross genres. At its heart it’s a murder mystery story, an excellent one at that. It’s also such a relevant, modern story. With Simon and the gossip app being such a clever catalyst for the story to take off from.

I was into this story from the very beginning. The story is set so well in the first few pages with them all being in detention and saying they shouldn’t be, and you as a reader begin to question it and so they mystery begins.

While this is a murder mystery, it’s so much more than that. It’s got two sweet romances in it, which don’t feel out of place. It’s got two characters going on self journeys and finding themselves which is a joy to read. It’s also a fascinating look at our obsession with news story’s like this, and how the media handles them. It feels like a behind the scenes story of how this situation is handled.

This story had a lot of plot twists in, as you’d expect from a book like this. But they weren’t there just to shock the reader, they moved the plot along. I like that. This book kept me guessing till the end. Was one of the main four characters Lying? Or all of them? Did they commit murder? Are they being set up?

Now, I know some other readers were a disappointed in the books ending but I really enjoyed it. I also thought it was clever, I didn’t see it coming. No spoilers, but I certainly didn’t expect it to end that way, with those characters involved.

The story in told from the four main characters perspectives and I love that. Each character was written so well, clean and concise. As is the whole book. But I loved getting to read how each character handled the situation and they secrets the each had.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s not usually my type but I’m so glad I read it. Have you read it? Did you like it? Did the ending disappoint you? Karen already has another book, and I’ll look forward to reading that.

Until the next review


4 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘One of us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus”

  1. I started reading it but then stopped because I don’t often read Mystery. I’m glad you enjoyed it though. Great review!


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