One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus


Title: One of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: 1st, June 2017

Page Count: 368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary 

Synopsis: 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.



One of Us Is Lying begins with 5 students being put in detention, all for the same reason and they all claim they are there by accident. It’s unusual for most of the characters to be in detention but they think they have been set up and it’s some kind of prank. 

When a car accident happens right outside their class window, their teacher leaves the brain of the students, Bronwyn, in charge whilst he goes outside to help. Meanwhile one of the students, Simon gets thirsty and grabs himself a drink of water, shortly after Simon begins to have an allergic reaction and nobody understands why as he has a nut allergy and from what they know he has not eaten anything that would give him an allergic reaction.

The four students try to help but unfortunately, it’s too late. 

When the police start investigating they find that the plastic cup that Simon took a big drink of water from had been previously smothered in peanut oil and now the police are looking into who would plan this, by the looks of things there can only be four suspects. The four students that were in detention alongside him, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper.

Now, this is a story where I enjoyed reading about nearly every character, they all stand out so much and are so different from one another. My favourite characters have to be Bronwyn and Nate, they both have bold and unique personalities. As the story goes on the suspects come together and start to form friendships, it’s such weird way to make friends but I love it and I love the group so much. All the way through I was guessing on who could have killed Simon and to be honest I think I could have understood any of them murdering him and I would of accepted it but I did not expect the turn this book took.

Final thoughts

One of Us Is Lying is a mix between The Breakfast Club and Gossip Girl with an added murder mystery. I loved this read and I think many young adult readers would love it too. I really enjoyed my time reading this, the characters have made a lasting impression on me and to be honest I wanted more, I wish this was made into a series although I don’t think there would have been a way to make it into one, I just want to read more from the characters.

I’m just so very happy that I enjoyed this read and I think the writing was fantastic.

Overall Rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_stars

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Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:


                                                                                 Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. Her debut young adult novel, ONE OF US IS LYING,  will be released from Delacorte Press/Random  House on May 30, 2017. It will also be published internationally in 18 territories including the  United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France,  Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway,  Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Poland, the  Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia. – Goodreads


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