ARC BOOK REVIEW: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Release Date; 30 May 2017

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.

*spoiler free review*

One of Us Is Lying is set in a high school. After a detention goes horribly wrong and results in tragedy the spotlight is now on the surviving four students leaving everyone asking who killed the notorious gossip Simon? How? And why?

*this book contains triggers*

The book being set in a high school has a distinct 13 Reasons Why/Riverdale feel; clearly defined groups of students, sensitive themes and a group mystery that needs solving with the help of each other. Yes the whole YA American high school theme has been over done a lot recently, although the lack of individuality didn’t take any enjoyment away from the read, it just made the setting more familiar and a tad more predictable.

One of Us Is Lying centres around Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate now that they are worldwide murder suspects. But can they put aside their differences and trust each other enough to solve the mystery of who killed Simon?

Although the storyline itself was *very* predictable (I figured out who the killer was relatively early on although the mystery of ‘why’ definitely kept me intrigued unti;l the very end) I hardly noticed the book was nearly 400 pages and unknowingly managed to finish it in 2 sittings.

Storyline aside the shining star or the read was the characters. I can’t remember the last time I read a book where the leading cast were so fleshed  out and real. McManus really invested the time to develop the characters but without wasting valuable page space. I became so invested in the foursome I actually lost interest in the mystery aspect of the story and read purely for them.

Overall it was a ridiculously enjoyable read. Whilst it wasn’t the most original, surprising storyline its definitely worth reading for the character development.

Overall it was a strong 4 STAR read.

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Thank you NetGalley, Penguin Random House UK and Karen McManus

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