One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted April 26th, 2021 by in *Review / 2 comments

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus {Stephanie’s Review}One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Series: One of Us is Lying #1
Published by Delacorte Press
Genres: Mystery, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Read in: January 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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On Thursday 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 Thursday, he died. But on Friday, 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 just 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. - via GoodReads

5 Stars

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus was one of COYERs January book club reads. This book has been on my TBR for awhile and I was excited to be able to get it read. Being able to discuss it with a group of people just makes the read that much better!

I really enjoy books told from multiple perspectives! I think it helps keep the pace moving. I’m always wondering what’s going on with everyone else while reading the current perspective. One of Us is Lying was no different.

I honestly felt completely misdirected. I had the mystery solved pretty early on because it was logical…BUT I felt for sure I had to be wrong based on the reception on book Twitter. In that sense I was constantly kept on my toes because I was looking for something different. I had the main part correct. That didn’t ruin the experience but the ending did throw me off quite a bit.

I honestly loved the four main characters in One of Us is Lying. I think Nate was genuinely my favorite. That might be because his high school experience was the closest to my own. I felt bad for all of them.

The great part about McManus’s writing is that all of them had stuff they’d rather forget….and Simon knew about it. This made them all just suspicious enough. Simon really was a douchebag of the highest order. One of the things that I really liked was how they all came together to try and solve what had happened.

One of Us is Lying is my first book by Karen McManus but it certainly won’t be my last. There were twists and turns and it was a fantastic ride.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2021 GoodReads

2 Responses to “One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus {Stephanie’s Review}”

    • Stephanie

      I had it on my shelves but it would have been who knows when before I got to it!

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