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


Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: June 1st 2017

Genre: YA Mystery, Contemporary

Pages: 360 

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

When I first heard about One of Us is Lying, I was instantly hooked. It sounded super interesting and since The Breakfast Club is my favourite movie ever, I was intrigued to see how McManus was going to weave a murder into it – though I’ll have to admit I was a little bit upset that the character of a basket-case wasn’t included, seen as Allison is my favourite character.

I had high hopes for this and thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. I love a good mystery and I certainly didn’t expect the killer. I had a few guesses but none of them were right and I was left shocked – which is just the way I should be.

As for the characters, I really loved them and their dynamic and how different from each other they were. I loved the blossoming romance between two of the characters. I thought the writing was up to a really good standard, the dialogue was quick and witty and the characters were easy to get to know. If I could find a fault it would be that at the beginning it was hard to remember which character’s POV it was and I had to keep checking. I loved the element of text messages and emails woven into it. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a big fan of different mediums of writing in books.

I would recommend this to fans of Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale and especially The Breakfast Club.