2022 · mystery · ya

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

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Description: 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. 


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I knew I wouldn’t like this book as soon as I started reading it. The reading style is so mediocre and it reminds me of those teen shows I used to watch when I was younger. However, I decided not to DNF this because I was really curious about who the killer is.

This starts out almost as a modern day Breakfast Club (The Breakfast Club is 100 times better though), where we have a popular girl, a nerd, a jock, a drug dealer and Simon. Simon is a cocky outsider who runs his school’s rumor page and shares the most juicy stories about everyone. However, when he is killed, the other four are suspects.

This was a true 3 star or less read for me. It didn’t produce any true emotions from me and it was mediocre, I wasn’t flying through it but I still wanted to know what happened. The writing style was not good and this was full of cliches. I must admit a lot of things that happened surprised me but it still lacked depth.

The ending was honestly very disappointing and I feel like that was the easiest thing to do and also to figure out. It wasn’t satisfying at all and also everything played out so quickly.

All in all, this was not really that good of a book and it certainly wasn’t memorable.

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