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Book Review: One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying #1) by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Mystery


β€œI don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”

That line. That line right there is what gripped me and hit all my “I-want-this-book” triggers. I’m so often surrounded by people who refuse to admit their mistakes and they lie and manipulate and act the victim to cover it up. It’s so frustrating that I wish I could hit them with a truth spell so they could blurt out just what horrible people they are instead of acting like they’re good.

So that’s how the book grabbed my attention. The cover and synopsis didn’t hurt either. πŸ˜‰ Five teens in a room, one of them gets dead and it’s not an accident but murder. Thing is the kid who died knew the dark secrets each of the other four were hiding which he planned to reveal on his infamous gossip app. So all four had motive. Now which one of them had done it? Who would resort to murder to protect their secret?

I’m not much of a mystery buff. Though I’m an eclectic reader, I rarely venture into the Mystery genre because I tend to get bored with all the misleading routes the investigation goes into especially if the writing drags or the build of anticipation is lacking. However, I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed this book a lot.

I was drawn to this story and the mystery behind the murder. Karen M. McManus is a new author for me and her writing was so good, I wasn’t bored at all, not for one second. The story was told through the viewpoints of the four teens and each character’s voice was unique. Each of their secrets is revealed throughout the story and it’s hard to guess who did it.

Nick and Addy were my favorites among the characters. I loved their character growth. The author did a great job with the mystery and the ending which I so did not see coming. And it made total sense. This was a solid good book and if you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan, you would definitely like it. Even if you’re not a mystery fan (like me), you’re still bound to like it so I’d say, give it a try.

Synopsis: 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.



I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying #1) by Karen M. McManus

  1. I liked this book as well, though for some reason I did see the ending coming at one point. There’s plenty of people in the world who refuse to admit their own mistakes, and it can be irritating.
    Great review!

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