I ruined the ending of One Of Us Is Lying for myself lol. What a piss off! Due to the fact that I’m an idiot and spoiled the ending for myself, this review will be spoiler-free! Curious how I spoiled the ending? I saw on Goodreads that there is another book in the series, so being the proactive reader I am, I decided to buy the book in advance, so that I could start reading the next book right away! I stopped in at Indigo to pick it up knowing I would finish the book that night. Upon getting to the store I found out the book isn’t out yet (it is now!), and I read the synopsis of the book, and the first sentence says the ending! WHY! I’m dumb, I hate that I looked it up, I’m never being proactive in my reading again. I’d rather rush to the bookstore next time when I finish the book. 

Ok that is enough of my dumb rant.. Now onto the review.

Title: One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen McManus

Pages: 361

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One 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?

Photo of a girl wearing a white shirt and jeans holding the book out in front of her lap

Overall Thoughts on One Of Us Is Lying

What a fun murder mystery! I don’t often read mystery thrillers, but the cover just sucked me in every time I saw it in the bookstore, and eventually just needed to buy it. It’s been on the TBR shelf since this summer, and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up, IT’S GREAT! Now I’m not the type of person who tries to figure out who the killer is and predict what is going to happen, I love to just go with the flow, clueless about what will happen next. Maybe that is why I enjoyed it so much? Other people said they could see what was coming next but not me, my oblivious mind was content with the story and how it all unfolded. This book reminds me so much of a movie that I can’t think of right now, but I’ll update this as soon as I do! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves murder mysteries. 

Characters

The characters in “One Of Us Is Lying” are unique, in that they aren’t the typical group of kids that hang out together. In the beginning, they are actually all part of different friend groups. The death of Simon is the only thing that they have in common, and they are trying to figure out how to clear their names, and which one is lying! Simon’s death shakes the whole dynamic of these teens’ lives because the next day, his gossip app ruins their reputations. What was once a comfy lifestyle for many, is no longer in existence. He made them all an outcast with a few simple posts. 

The characters have nowhere to turn to but each other. The friendships that they create are beautiful, they create a safe space for each other, even though they didn’t know who to trust. These unique friendships are full of highs and lows, with so many people watching their every move. Want to know my favourite part? There is a bit of romance too! All of this grows from a very insecure and vulnerable place.

Layout

The layout of the book is a bit different, it isn’t from one person’s point of view (POV) but from all the kids involved. I loved the journal type entry format that was given. I was able to relate to each teen and see their point of view for each curveball that was thrown at them. To me this was the best way to portray the story, to show each character and feel what they are feeling. Often I get confused when there are multiple POV’s, but it was really well done.

Overall Rating of One Of Us Is Lying

 4 / 5 ! It is a fun, easy-going, murder mystery. I am excited for the second book, “One Of Us Is Next”, to come out in January  2020. I already have it pre-ordered!


Moral Of The Story: You never know who to trust, and who could kill you!