One Of Us Is Lying | Karen M. McManus | Review

“I guess we’re almost friends now, or as friendly as you can get when you’re not one hundred percent sure the other person isn’t framing you for murder.”





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.


This book had been on my TBR for such a long time and I could not wait to pick it up and give it a go. You can’t tell in the photo but I have the Waterstones exclusive edition of this book and it has red sprayed edges, IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

What a wonderful read! From start to finish I was so addicted to this book, once I picked it up I could not put it down! I literally devoured it in one sitting. I have read so many mystery books in my lifetime, so many that I find it really difficult to find one that keeps me hooked and that I enjoy. One of Us Is Lying is the exception to this, I LOVED IT. It really gives you the “whodunnitvibe” that keeps you turning pages throughout.

I find with a lot of YA novels the characters are really under developed and I find it really difficult to connect to them. Karen M. McManus really excels in character development, I had such a connection to most of the characters and I could really feel the emotions that she was aiming to portray. There was really a sense of belonging for the reader which helped me to relate to the characters and build such an important connection with them.  Some really important topics, including mental health were explored in this book and I feel like Karen did this so well, I could not think of any other way it could have been done better. These topics need to be spoken about, but with care … a perfect balance of promotion and delicacy and that is exactly what the author has done here.

Whilst I did guess what would happen at the end of this book, I did not guess all aspects and it did not have any influence on how much I enjoyed this book. It was still a page turner and I couldn’t wait to find out exactly how Karen was going to promote this ending. I love her writing style it is honestly mesmerising. I don’t think I have ever found book so easy to pick up and so difficult to put down. I had a sleepless night reading this book (A NIGHT BEFORE WORK) and I just found that I did not care. Who needs sleep when you’ve got a book written by Karen M. McManus.

This book makes me so excited to read more books by this author. She has definitely turned into an auto buy for me. I just want to pick this book up and read it all over again!

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