Review: “One of Us Is Lying” – Karen M. McManus

May 31, 2017 Book Review 2

 Review: “One of Us Is Lying” – Karen M. McManusOne of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
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Published on: May 30th 2017
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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

I feel like I have been waiting FOREVER for this book and when I finally got my hands on it it turned out to be everything I had hoped!

I’m not one for murder mysteries, but this book was just so addictive that I couldn’t help but read it within a day whilst my mind spent the entire time trying to think up the answer to who did it! I literally thought of every single answer of who it could be and although at on point I did chose the right answer, it was still a great surprise when all was revealed.

“Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?”
“You’re ridiculous,” she mutters, going even redder.
“It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.”

At some point or other when reading this book I disliked each of our four main characters. Bronwyn got too up herself, Addy was too dumb, Nate kept making stupid life choices and Cooper was up his own backside! I kept changing my mind on who I wanted the guilty party to be depending on who I disliked at that moment. But then as we got further through the book, and as more of each character was revealed I found myself liking each of them more and more and suddenly I didn’t want it to be any of them.

“I guess we’re almost friends now, or as friendly as you can get when you’re not one hundred percent sure the other person isn’t framing you for murder.”

The story is told from the four POVs of our main suspects and really it was the only way it could have been done. The plot progressed at a decent rate, some parts a little slow but as a whole I never felt like the story was dragging. I really liked the mix of normal teenage angst (young love, family problems, popularity etc) mixed in with the tension that comes with being a murder suspect and McManus pulled it off perfectly!

“We could be surrounded by walking dead in the zombie apocalypse and she’d look for the bright side.”


Final Thoughts

This book was exactly what I had hoped it would be and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Massive recommendations and big praise for this debut!

Re-Readability: Yes

I would recommend this book to: YA contemporary, murder mystery, who done it, stories based in high school, teenage angst


Have you read any YA murder mystery type stories?

Are you interested in reading this one?

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2 Responses to “Review: “One of Us Is Lying” – Karen M. McManus”

  1. Arvenig

    I recently discovered this book and I really like it! After reading this review I’m even more motivated to buy it!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yeay! I really hope you like it! Thanks for checking out my review 🙂