One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus @writerkmc #Review #YA #YAMystery #BookstoRead #BookBlogger

Book Review


This was such a good book! I wish I had read it sooner!

One of Us is Lying (Release Date: May 30th, 2017)

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.

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My Thoughts…

This was hands-down the best YA book I’ve read in ages!

I’ve never seen Pretty Little Liars, but I would say Gossip Girl is a more apt comparison, well if someone murdered Gossip Girl that is.

I tend to get stuck in a YA rut when I do read them. I usually gravitate towards the Dystopian-End-of-the-world kind of stuff, and I have to tell you, I am so sick of them. They’re always the same! As a result, I will swear off YA for a while until a book really catches my interest. This one was one of those books, and though I saw it EVERYWHERE, I still put it off, literally until a shelf full of them, screamed for my attention this past weekend. Oh yeah! I wanted to read you, hop in my basket– Or something along those lines lol.

So long story short, it made its way home with me and as soon as I started reading it, I was thoroughly gripped. It was a metaphorical slam in the face reminding me that there is so much fantastic contemporary YA out there, and that there is no reason for me to keep my distance.

I loved this book! The multiple POVs were done beautifully, and the story was entertaining and intense. I honestly did not know who the culprit was till close to the end, and even then I was still a bit surprised.

My favourite thing about this book, is that the author was able to turn all those ‘Breakfast Club’ stereotypes on their nose, while bringing important issues like bullying and mental health into the spotlight. All very real issues for teens, laid out in a titillating mystery.

Seriously, I have nothing negative to say. Even the typical YA tropes were either missing or downplayed, which was refreshing. Guys, if you’re like me and are late to this party, it’s okay, you will enjoy it, I promise!

Rating… A+

Karen McManus



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