One of Us Is Lying

Title: One of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Published: May 30th, 2017

Pages: 361

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Listened to on Libby


Wreath(13)-BlackGoodreads Description: 

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.


Things I enjoyed about this book: 

One of Us Is Lying was definitely a quick and easy listen/read. It was captivating until the end. This was one I didn’t want to put down because I needed to know what happened. I liked that she could take the stereotypical teenagers and still make them interesting.

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

My only beef with this book was how confusing it was until I got about halfway through, only because there were so many character’s storylines to follow.



Karen McManus deserves 4 out of 5 bird feathers for her novel One of Us Is Lying! I thought it was a clever mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought how it played out was new and fresh. Watching their lives unfold and secrets come to light kept me involved the entire time. I love when a book can hold my attention. I thought this was very well done for a debut novel and am excited to read future books by Karen! I also have a secret hope that Netflix picks this up as a mini series! I think it would be a big hit.

Parent’s Guide:

It’s a YA book includes homosexuality, swearing, murder, drugs/alcohol.


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