“One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus

Quick Statistics

  • “One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus
  • Young Adult Mystery
  • Read as an ebook.
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished September 19, 2017

Official Synopsis

New York Times bestseller

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 Thoughts/Summary

This book came highly recommended, as I loved the books “Dangerous Girls” by Abigail Haas and “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart. I had to wait for months for it to show up for my Kindle from the library, so I had very high hopes for this book. It wasn’t a bad book by any means, and I probably would have absolutely loved it when I was younger, but it was missing something.

Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper all have detention one day with Simon, the school’s rumor mill. They’ve all been framed by having their phone ring, when it wasn’t ever their phone, in their science class. Then, in detention, while a car accident happens outside which distracts the teacher, Simon drinks some water, and dies. He doesn’t have his epipen, and the nurses office is somehow completely out. Obviously peanut oil doesn’t just show up on water cups, so his death is now suspicious.

Throughout the book we’re shown the reasons each character could have for doing such a thing, and while I really couldn’t figure out who did it, the book also felt like it moved a little slow for my tastes. There was a lot of stuff in the middle that I felt like the book could have done without, and I wish there was more mystery! More twists and turns! I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, which probably tainted my view of this book a little, and when I have to wait like 3 months to get it from the library I want it to be AMAZING. I can totally see what McManus was trying to do here, and I think she did a good job of it. I think a lot of people will really enjoy this book, and it’s a fun read that keeps you guessing, just don’t expect your mind to be blown in the end.

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4 thoughts on ““One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus

    1. I would say so! As long as you don’t expect it to be super crazy (there were some twists though!) I liked it for what it was, if that makes sense. And thank you ❤️

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