Review | One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen McManus
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in return for my honest review, as part of NetGalley’s reviewing programme.

‘Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.’


On Thursday 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 bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, 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.

One Of Us Is Lying is incredibly gripping to say the least. The twists each character presents, the juicy gossip Simon planned to reveal on his obnoxious school scandal forum, somehow brings the quartet closer than they had ever imagined.

McManus definitely seeks to present reliability in the novel for her coming-of-age audience, which she undoubtedly achieves with its school setting and inclusion of many students with different aspirations. Whilst the plot itself was fantastic and drew information from the likes of The Breakfast Club, the surrounding characters were the star of the show.

The novel was a fantastic read and had me so hooked, I could barely resist putting it down when I should’ve been sleeping.

One of Us Is Lying is perfect for you if you like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club.




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