Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

one of us is lying

Inner Cover Book Summary: “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 just 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.”

RATING *4/5 STARS*

*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

Fans of Clue, both the board game and the movie, will enjoy One of Us Is Lying.  It is your classic who-dunnit plot, with more than a few twists and turns.

My favorite character was Bronwyn, “The Brain” of the group.  She is shy yet, as we find out, is fierce when it comes to the matters in which she most believes.  The character who I believe underwent the most development is Addy, “The Beauty.”  At the start, she is a pushover who doesn’t really have a though for herself.  By the end however, she does a complete 180, rocking a pixie haircut with purple streaks and showing her feisty side.  Cooper is your classic All-American baseball pitcher with an eye on the MLB draft.  Nate is the bad boy of the group and also undergoes major character development.  I love Nate and would have liked to see more from his viewpoint at the end (no more details because spoilers!).

The plot was well-written.  I was thrown off track several times by the twists and turns.  The book is written to where you can figure out who the killer is if you are really trying and paying attention; I figured out the killer (but not ALL of the details)  about 3/4 of the way into it.  I didn’t expect what came at the end though.  I like it when I am able to partially able to figure out the mystery, but there is still some shock factor.

I haven’t mentioned Simon at all in this review because I didn’t learn a whole lot about him.  It makes it hard when he’s the one who dies!  The whole situation surrounding his death is unfortunate, and sadly happens quite often, though not in the manner it happens in the book.  I would go into more detail, but I did say MINOR spoilers.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a good read.  If you are looking for a good mystery, this is the one for you.  I hope you add this book to your ever-growing TBR piles!

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