Review: One Of Us Is Lying


Books, Mystery, Play, Thriller, Young Adult / Monday, July 15th, 2019
Reading Time: 3 minutes

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Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate all find themselves in a pile of trouble after classmate Simon dies in the middle of detention. And while each one of them knows they didn’t do it, the police narrow in on the four of them as potential murder suspects.

One Of Us Is Lying is a thrilling young adult read that will keep you guessing until the very end, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon read (and you’ll likely read it all in one sitting)!

The Highlights

  • Young adult mystery
  • Teen drama (get your school spirit on)
  • Thriller/Mystery
  • Page-turning read
  • Compelling storyline
  • Warning: Discussions of abuse, neglect and self-harm
Book Cover: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McMannus
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McMannus

One Of Us Is Lying: The details

**Warning: Contains slight spoilers, but they likely won’t ruin your read**

One Of Us Is Lying is a page-turning murder mystery, but instead of a candlestick and a rope as props, we’re faced with a glass and some peanut oil. Four teens are faced with a possible murder conviction after their classmate, but most certainly not friend, Simon mysteriously dies during an afternoon detention.

I love a good page-turning classic whodunit. Something where nothing is as it seems and you can’t figure the story out until the last few chapters—and once you have, you have to keep reading to make sure you’re right. One Of Us Is Lying definitely fits the bill—I read this bad boy start-to-finish in a single afternoon it’s that good.

One the premise of everybody has a secret, McManus takes readers on a wild ride through Bayview High School where four teens, dubbed the Murder Club, are being investigated for the murder of classmate Simon who runs a notorious blog called About That.

The blog is not exactly your run-of-the-mill student paper, instead, it runs more Gossip Girl style copy, disseminates secrets to the student body.  Which means Simon has WAY more enemies than the four sitting in detention with him who swear they didn’t do it.

The authorities are convinced otherwise, and they conduct and exhaustive investigation—unsure of which is the mastermind of the plot, but positive they were in the room when Simon died. But nothing truly is as it seems, and the group of misfits is left to fend for themselves when the investigators refuse their please to look elsewhere for the killer.

But One Of Us Is Lying is not just a classic mystery novel set in present-day times. It’s a tale that discusses the concept of actions and consequences, responsibility and young adult behaviour.

One of them is definitely lying, but it’s not who you think. If you’re looking for a page-turning murder mystery and you enjoy a little teen drama on the side, One of Us Is Lying is definitely the book for you.

  • Recommended for readers who enjoy young adult fiction, and are looking to spend the afternoon embroiled in a thrilling murder mystery.
  • Writers keep an eye out for McMannus’ multi-character storytelling strategy. You don’t have to guess at what the other characters are thinking, this book lets you experience four sides of a five-sided story.

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About Karen M. McMannus

Today, Karen M. McMannus is a celebrated young adult novelist, at least by the likes of me who’s read more than one of her books. But One Of Us Is Lying was her debut novel released in 2017. She’s a New York Times Best Selling Author, who in addition to this engaging read has written both Two Can Keep A Secret (highly recommended) and One Of Us Is Next (coming out in 2020, mark your calendars).

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