Recent Reads – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

I read this a couple of weeks ago in one weekend while it was nice and sunny and was recently reminded of this after meeting a girl on a plane who was currently reading it. This book had come recommended to me from a friend (after I had recommended her Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – read my review for that here).

The story follows a group of teenagers who found themselves in detention, for some of them it was a regular occurrence, for other’s it was their first time, when suddenly one of the students, Simon, drops dead. Left behind staring in shock is the Yale-hopeful ‘geek’ Bronwyn, the jock baseball star Cooper, the bad-boy ‘criminal’ Nate and the popular prom queen Addy. From that day forward each are a suspect in the murder of their fellow classmate that both threatens their futures while opening up new opportunities in life, in friendships and in love.

The storyline is more than your average ‘whodunnit’. It’s very much Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars with a little bit of Gossip Girl mixed in. Each character has several layers to them with a secret to hide, and you spend the entire time working out which one has the biggest secret; the one who killed Simon. It quickly becomes addictive and difficult to put down. It’s not predictable (although I feel proud to have correctly guessed who had done it about half-way through – even though I doubted it a few times until the end).

There is an interesting story of friendship between a range of characters showing it’s more than a murder mystery. The moral of the story goes much deeper, imploring that everyone should be true to themselves, to not change who they are for the sake of others and shows that what the characters lean on and rely on the most isn’t the be-all and end-all of their lives, and was in fact quite toxic overall. The characters are likeable and interesting so I could definitely see this being a TV series (or more so, on Netflix).

Would I Recommend? Yes, I would certainly pass on the recommendation.

3 thoughts on “Recent Reads – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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  1. I actually really enjoyed this book! i read it about two weeks ago, and felt the characters to be extremely likeable, and the plot made me want to keep reading until I finished the entire thing. I definitely shipped Bronwyn and Nate from the beginning, and was a little worried towards the end of the story! Great review xxx

    Melina |


  2. Great review of this book! I immediately thought about The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars when I was reading it, both of which I love so this was an ideal book for me. I also guessed who the murderer was about half way through but like you, doubted it along the way. Though I didn’t think it was because it was hugely obvious, more because McManus wanted to drop those hints intentionally and plant doubt along the way.

    Issy | MissIsGoode


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