One of Us is Lying Review

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Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, mystery, thriller, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.”

Source: School library


The two things that immediately drew me to this book were a) the hype! and b) the premise. I tend to go gaga for intriguing mysteries, especially ones that take place in high school. Though I am not the best at guessing endings, it is so fun to piece together the puzzle pieces and give solving them a try! With all of this in mind, I knew I would devour this book, and I did! One of Us is Lying was an interesting and fun thriller, and hence what it says in the synopsis, it definitely did give me Breakfast Club vibes.😉

For a brief synopsis, this story revolves around five high school students. One day, all five of them find themselves in detention- but only four of them find themselves alive afterwards. With each of the four remaining students equipped with backstories, who was responsible for the murder of Simon? Was it any of the four students, or was someone else secretly involved?

The majority of the characters of this novel were quite agreeable. Each of them had their own backstories to mix into the big picture, and it was super cool to see each of their perspectives. The character I felt as if I could relate to the most was Bronwyn. With her aptitude for schoolwork and need for conformity, I saw bits and pieces of myself in her.

Rarely am I able to say that a mystery novel is perfectly paced, but this book has given me a reason to finally say it. It wasn’t so fast that it leaves heads spinning, but at the same time, it wasn’t super slow and boring. Good things happen at all parts of the story, so those who pick up this novel are in for a fun ride.

All in all, I don’t lie when I say that One of Us is Lying was a fascinating thriller. Although I love mysteries, I haven’t been able to find many in the YA section, so this book was a good door-opener. If you are into murder mysteries that take place in a contemporary high school setting rather than in gruesome, dark settings, you should definitely consider getting your hands on this book.



Are there any other mystery novels you’ve read that take place in a more contemporary setting? What are your thoughts on books like this?


8 thoughts on “One of Us is Lying Review

  1. Wonderfully written review Kayla!
    This book has been under my radar for quite some time, I guess I’m just kinda waiting for all the talk to chill out a bit or else my expectations are going to get way too high! 🙂

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