I came across One of Us Is Lying in my research for Feature Shelf #50: The Thriller Edition. I hadn’t read it at the time, but enough people whose bookish opinions I trust enjoyed it, so I thought I’d go ahead and throw it on there.
After I finished The Rose and the Dagger this week, I was having a hard time getting into another book. I picked up two and put them both back down again. So I thought to myself, “Self, it’s time for something completely different,” which One of Us Is Lying definitely was (when compared to the two fantasy novels I put down).
Synopsis (from Amazon):
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.
Is this something you’d pick up? Here’s my review:
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#bookaday One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McMannus. #StickyNoteReview: Would still say it’s a great read for those who are fans of Breakfast Club and murder mysteries. This one has some twists that you won’t see coming. I will admit that the big reveal was one of my theories, but I wasn’t sure that [spoiler redacted] until I saw it on the page. The voice of each of the four protagonists was distinct and their individual storylines tied well into the overall narrative arc. There were some cliche elements related to the characters’ labels and their characterization related to these labels, but I can clearly see the Breakfast Club inspiration. And by the way — EVERYONE is lying. #snrtbs #blackbookblogger #bookstagram