One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Published by Delacorte Press on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery
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?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a young adult mystery about five teenagers that go into detention but only four of them walk out. What follows will bring all of their secrets to life and expose them for the liars that they are. But are some secrets worth killing for?
I liked the way McManus wrote One of Us is Lying. It was equal bits mystery and suspense. Walking out of that detention room after Simon, the student that created the gossip app dies, they didn’t know what to expect. But when an anonymous source starts posting about killing Simon and making the four of them look more and more like suspects things start to get a little messy.
McManus really builds up the suspense. She made each one of them look like they had motive and reason to kill Simon and casting doubts at each other. One of Us is Lying had me guessing until the very end.
I definitely leaned more towards the boy’s story lines in One of Us is Lying. Nate was the misunderstood criminal. His mother ran away when he was a kid leaving him with a drunk of a father. He had no choice but to get involved in some shady business to make ends meet.
Cooper was the star baseball player of the school on his way to the national league. But he is hiding a huge secret from everyone. One that could break all that he has worked hard for. My heart went out to him after learning what he had no choice but to hold back. It’s a real struggle that national athletes especially in the televised sports still have to go through.
Boy, were you not expecting that reveal at all. When I say that it was shocking, that would be an understatement. McManus was creative and really worked through her plot to come to that conclusion.
It was so outrageous that you definitely don’t see it coming. Completely shocked.
This one might be of my own assumptions and stupidity. But when I read the synopsis I was under the impression that the story was going to take place in detention. I thought it was going to be more of a killer thriller type story.
Sadly I was wrong. The whole detention scene takes place very quickly and the rest of One of Us is Lying unfolds over the days and weeks after Simon dies. I much would have preferred the former.
Bronwyn and Addy were kind of a dud for me. I had a real hard time trying to connect with their personal stories and found myself bored while reading their POV’s. Bronwyn is the child prodigy type student. Excellent grades, perfect appearance, perfect family, and shooting for an early admission to Yale. Her big secret wasn’t as juicy as it could have been and I think that is what held me back from connecting with her. She was plain boring.
Addy’s life on the other hand only revolves around her boyfriend Jake. What she does, and what she wears is decided on by him. She goes through some well done character growth, but I think it took long to get invested in her. The boys were definitely in a league above.
I highly recommend this one if you like the Breakfast Club, Pretty Little Liars, and satisfying endings. Let me know what you guys thought of One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. Her debut young adult novel, ONE OF US IS LYING, will be released from Delacorte Press/Random House on May 30, 2017. It will also be published internationally in 18 territories including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.