Book Review of “One Of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus

Genre: YA Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary 

Rating: 3/5 ⭐️


One 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.


My Thoughts (Spoilers)

The writing was good despite the characters being cliche and I enjoyed the book very much but I can’t rate this book any higher since the mystery felt stale and underwhelming.

I love mystery books and I was expecting this to be Breakfast Club meet Pretty Little Liars but nothing happened in the mystery department. After Simon’s death, the police suddenly blames Addy, Cooper, Nate & Bronwyn with little evidence. There’s no thriller, no action and while I love the characters development, I was disappointed by the lack of suspense.

My favorite characters were Nate & Bronwyn and I love their romance. Cooper & Addy were also kickass characters. The reveal was pointless and lack depth. I actually wanted one of the four main characters to actually be the killer and having Simon kill himself and Jake (Addy’s ex) and Janae (Simon’s best friend) be his accomplice felt like a cop-out. Yes, Simon was a terrible person but he suffered from depression and needed help!!

Overall, this book could’ve been a kickass book but the lack of mystery and action turned me off!




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