Book Reviews

Book Review: One Of Us Is Lying

Title: One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: May 30 2017

Genre: Young Adult Mystery


Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Even if a book doesn’t deserve five stars, I think it deserves some props if it makes me call “Who Done It” then doubt myself at least five times before finally placing my bets, without giving ridiculous clues and having major plot holes. So that was one of the major things One Of Us Is Lying has going for it.

The writing style made it easy to follow along with the story as it was simple and didn’t distract from the story. The way different scenes were divided amongst character P.O.V.’s was done really well as it moved from one setting to another at just the right time to keep the air of mystery without leaving readers feeling like they were missing too many pieces of the puzzle. The way clues were delivered is another thing about this book that should be commended. They were subtle enough that you could glance right over them while the story is playing out but once everything was revealed they made perfect sense.

In the beginning of the book I did feel like the characters stuck to stereotypes a bit too much (acting almost exactly like their stereotype, believing another character is exactly like their stereotype) but they developed their own unique personalities once they were sufficiently fleshed out. The antagonists of the story were also fairly fleshed out and when we did get the motives behind the whole conflict all the reasons were plausible.

Speaking of characters, the development of the friendship between the main characters was wonderful to read about. The buildup was really believable and really added to the story. I also think Karen M. McManus did a good job of depicting a subtly toxic relationship.

That’s All I Got, Danielle.

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