One of Us is Lying. Karen M. McManus. Young adult/Mystery. 370 pages. 2017. 4 stars.
“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”
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.
I had my doubts reading this book because I’m not a big fan of murder mysteries because I’m so bad at them. I was surprised because I found myself enjoying the book and was able to guess who the killer was!! I’m patting myself on the back for that.
The murder situation is twisted. Simon dies of a peanut allergy and it couldn’t have been an accident due to the evidence they found after his death. So now, the four schoolmates Simon was in detention with are now suspects because due to Simon’s gossip app, each of them have a motive to want to silence him. At first I was really confused because it seemed so far fetched for any of them to plot a murder. But when I read on, I started doubting their innocence because they would admit to themselves about being guilty
but it was so damn vague that I was suspicious of ALL of them.
The writing style was light and easy to read despite the heavy situation they all found themselves in. Some parts were dragging but most parts were interesting enough that I got emotionally invested in most–if not all–of them.
The ending was surprising, but I kind of found it a bit too cliché? I don’t know, maybe it’s because the trope is becoming more and more prominent in books, movies, and tv shows. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it and gave it 4 stars. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, then I highly recommend this book for you!