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

What happens when you love every single character in a book, but one of them could actually be a murderer? You hold on to the edge of your seat until the end just waiting for the bomb to drop!  Entertaining from page one this book pulls you in with lovable characters and a lingering sense of mystery keeping you guessing who exactly is telling the truth and who is lying.  I rated this fun read 4/5 stars!

Goodreads Synospsis

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.

My Experience

I flew through this book and loved every second of it.  Each and every character became a favorite of mine and I genuinely could not predict where the story was headed.  After a while I almost got saddened by the idea that any of these characters could actually be a murderer, but that also made it that much more exciting to find out.  I don’t want to give anything away about any of the characters, but I will say I think I have a new book boyfriend to add to the list after this read!

The writing, the characters, and the story line were all amazing.  However, I didn’t completely love the big reveal, looking back I think I knew the outcome early on, but I really didn’t want it to go that way so I kept letting myself question if it would be something else.  I was surprised at how it was delivered and it was very unique, but I just wanted it to go in a different direction.  That is just a matter of personal preference and I think most people will really enjoy the outcome.  I also applaud the author for handling really hard topics in a way that many YA authors do not always handle as well.  As a trigger warning, but without giving much away, this book does deal with mental illness and school violence.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery mixed with lovable characters.  An amazing debut novel by Karen McManus that will always have a place on my favorites shelf!

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