Book Review – One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (spoilers)

one of us is lyingYale 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.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg   4/5 Stars

Firstly – this is a massively spoilery review – DO NOT READ if you haven’t read the book.  Sorry, I tried and failed to tone it down, there is just no way to discuss how awesome this book is without spoilers (for me at least!)

Such a well written murder mystery! Love this. I think this is as good as contemporary YA fiction gets, honestly. It does a great job or humanising the characters, making them all relatable, and also tying it to experiences we can all share in. Even if you don’t directly identify with any single one, I think the mix of personas works really well.

The mystery was pretty well done. I was fairly certain early on that none of the four had done it, and like the lawyer, I wondered about the teacher! That would have been interesting but I don’t think it would have worked as a twist. About half way through I guessed that he may have killed himself. However I wasn’t sure and I had no idea who could have helped him. I suspected Janae, but her sadness didn’t really work for that. I thought she may have guessed he killed himself, but I didn’t think she knew and was being blackmailed into helping. And Jake. OMG. I didn’t see that coming. Poor Addy. I also love that the girls were the main investigators or sources of valid info here. Bronwyn and Addy and Maeve rocked my socks 😊.

All the subplots with their secrets were good too, especially Coopers. I’ve not mentioned Nate yet, not cause I didn’t love him, but just because he didn’t have a moment for me the way the others did. I love all their little sub plots and back stories.

And finally – Simon. Oh Simon. You evil vindictive little shit. I’m so glad they beat you! 😂 and that Jake got what he deserved. Yes Addy cheated on you, get over it you controlling ass! 😂

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