Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Published by Delacorte Press on May 30, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Library

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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.

Five high school students.

Detention.

Secrets.

Murder.

That’s the setup for One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, which has been described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars.

Each of the characters has a distinct personality:
– Addy, the good girl homecoming princess
– Bronwyn, the scholar with plans for Yale
– Cooper, the baseball prodigy headed for the major league
– Nate, the troublemaker with a history of drug dealing
– Simon, the gossip who loves dishing dirt on Bayview High’s students

When Simon dies under suspicious circumstances during detention, the other four students immediately become suspects in what quickly becomes a high-profile case. Throughout the course of the investigation into Simon’s death, disastrous secrets are revealed about the Bayview Four—secrets that Simon had planned on exposing.

Each of the students has a motive, but nothing is as it seems.

Told from alternating points of view, this fast-paced mystery will keep you guessing, right up to its twist ending. McManus has created a thoughtful, character-driven story that will appeal to teens and adults alike.

Rating: 5 stars

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