One of Us is Lying by Karen M. Mcmanus
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 was extremely excited about reading this book, but at the same time, I was worried that it was going to be a carbon copy of other books within this genre. I decided to listen to the audiobook whilst doing other things and I absolutely loved it! I was completely sucked in from the very beginning and I just had to know what was going to happen next.
This book starts at the detention that sets the ball rolling. We are not given much background information on any of the characters, other than the basics, which I quite like because the information came along throughout the book the further you read. There was absolutely no info dumping and it just flowed naturally, with secrets coming to light regularly and when the time was right.
I was left guessing throughout this whole book as to who maybe did what and, when is was finally revealed, I hadn’t even guessed at the theory! The various secrets that came to light, with the regularity of something new being revealed, kept me guessing and on my toes right up until the end. I liked the fact that the ending was not rushed and the pacing was kept even and quick throughout the book.
All of the characters had their own voices that stood out. The book is told through various POV’s (our MC’s) and each stood out on their own merit with their own personalities. I liked the take of each characters’ perspective on the events and how it was affecting them and the way in which they came together and started to stick together more. It brought about an unlikely friendship between characters who would usually have absolutely nothing to do with each other. There was one character (Jake) who boiled my blood every single time his name was mentioned. He was a complete Jerk to Addy and I just wanted to smack him every time his name was mentioned! I don’t want to give too much away because spoilers… but he is a character that just needed a bitch slap!
All in all, I absolutely loved this book and it kept me on my toes from beginning to end! I loved each and every one of these characters and the perspectives that they had. I gave this book 5/5 stars