One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Posted May 22, 2017 by Christy || 2 Comments

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManusOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Published by Delacorte Press on May 30th 2017
Pages: 368
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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."

I’m sure by this point we all know I have a thing for thrillers, correct? So of course when I read the summary for One of Us is Lying I knew that I just had to read it.  It sounded exactly like my type of book so when I got approved for an e-ARC, I immediately jumped right in.

While I liked this book and the suspense while reading, it was so hard for me to keep the POVs straight since it alternates between four different point of views.  Normally, I wouldn’t have struggled with this as much, but when you combine that many POVs with a timeline of events that I should’ve been paying attention to, it kind of threw me.  I kept getting thrown out of the story because I kept having to think about which POV I was in.  I think this may be the reason I didn’t get fully invested with the characters and this story.

However, the mystery aspect was absolutely wonderful.  Around 30ish percent in, I had a suspect, but as it turns out, I was completely wrong.  This normally doesn’t happen to me when I read thrillers so I loved that I got that shock value when all was revealed at the end.

In the end, One of Us is Lying has a clever storyline when it comes to the thriller aspect, although I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if I could have formed more of a connection with these characters.

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2 responses to “One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

  1. I’m sorry this one is just an okay read for you! I’m so excited for this book, it sounds amazing and I’m glad the mystery aspect does not dissapoint. I need to lower my expectations though, since character connection is pretty important for me to enjoy the story!

  2. I really struggle with multiple POVS. Very rarely have I found a book with them that I enjoyed. Sorry to hear you didn’t really enjoy that part of the book, Christy. The mystery sounds really great though. Great review!

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