One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus



I received this ARC from Netgalley and Penguin for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Set in Bayview High, five students are brought together for not following the “No Phones In Class” rule.  They all deny the charge but it falls on deaf ears. The five seem to be from different backgrounds both socially and academically.

Bronwyn the brainy one, Addy the beautiful one, Nate the drug dealer and on probation, Cooper the sportsman and Simon the gossip spreader.  After barely half an hour into detention Simon is dead.

What follows, is a story of what happens to the remaining four students.  Their family background as well as their own feelings and relationships are explored.  The expectations of the parents for their children, as well as the pressures that accompany those expectations.  They have to deal with media, gossip and investigations.  It is soon apparent that the students are not quite as they first appear.

This story is written almost in a diary like format.  Each chapter has sub-chapters that are headed with the name of the student, date and time.  It gives each character a way of giving their own view-point and perspective.  It allows the story to develop individually as well as collectively right through to the conclusion.

This is a good solid story, set at a good pace.  I would recommend it to older YA Readers and general mystery readers.  I enjoyed it from start to finish.


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.


Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2017 by Penguin (first published May 30th 2017)
ISBN 0141375639 (ISBN13: 9780141375632)

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