[Book Review #87] 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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Karen M. McManus

Part of a Series: No. Standalone.

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

No. of Pages: 358 pages

Price: $17.99

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Depression, Thriller

Book Review:


Massive thanks to my friends from Penguin Random House International for sending an ARC of this book my way. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

If I’m going to be 100% honest, I’d have to confess that mystery isn’t exactly one of my main genres. It’s not that I don’t want to challenge my mind with stories that are more complex than other books, believe me. I do. I just personally prefer those that by nature possess the “feel good” vibes. I mean, I read books to destress myself. Most people do, right? But just last week, Karen M. McManus opened my eyes to a very impressive genre through her debut novel, One of Us Is Lying.

One of the many reasons why I loved this book is that the author told her intriguing story through 4 points of view. With this writing style, readers got their much needed“one on one” time with all our main characters so as to help them solve the mysterious murder of Bayview High. Also, this technique gave the overall story a lot more depth, in terms of story development. Through this strategy, I saw the story unravel in the best way possible and I found the story impressively written.

Following through the impressive POVs, I also loved the character developments of all our main characters: Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate. Again, with the help of telling the story through the voices of these 4 characters, we got the chance to get to know all of them a little better. And every time their story comes up, we see just how they develop as humans who have been framed of murder. From start to finish, we see them make naïve mistakes, to actually solving the crime of the year. But if you’re going to ask me as to who my favorite character is, I’d have to go with Addy. For me, her character’s development was the most believable and relatable, which ensured a special place in my heart for sweet and badass Addy.

One more thing that massively impressed me is the story’s unpredictability. The author did a perfect job at hiding the identity of Simon’s true killer, and she (the author) had me on a roller coaster ride of a journey trying to guess who actually murdered our antagonist. Up until the very end, Karen had me second guessing myself for plenty of different reasons. She incorporated lots of twists to her story, which made her debut a very explosive and intriguing one.

But on a negative note, I wanted to point out that albeit I enjoyed the slight serving of romance in this book, I just felt like it was a little too convenient and forced. Seeing that almost half, if not the entire student body hated on our Bayview Four for almost three fourths of the book, it certainly limited them in terms of finding their love interests. And to see 2 of our MCs, Bronwyn and Nate, falling in love with each other made me feel that their initial reasons of getting together might be because of convenience, thus hindering me from solely believing in their love story. But as always, I’m not entirely sure. Maybe it’s just me?

“Considering all the points I’ve mentioned in this review, as a whole, I strongly believe Karen’s debut has the potential to become a bestseller. It’ll make a reader fall in love with the genre, especially those who don’t usually read mysteries. With a plot that is unique, a writing style that is phenomenal, and twists that are extremely unpredictable, One of Us Is Lying is definitely a fantastic mystery book that’ll open your eyes to the lengths a person would go through just to keep a secret.”


Characters – 4.50

Plot – 4.50

Writing Style – 5.00

Pacing – 3.50

Ending – 5.00

TOTAL – 4.50 / 5★

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.

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9 thoughts on “[Book Review #87] One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  1. I have read and reviewed this book. It is one of my favorite books so far this year, I absolutely loved it. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t put it down. Glad to hear you liked it too 🙂

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  2. I haven’t read this book yet but I’m excited to do so, and your review made me even more pumped!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. I have read and reviewed this as well and easily gave it five stars. Mystery thrillers are hits and misses with me but this one got me right away. I’m glad you liked and enjoyed it. I have to disagree with you with the romance tho because it’s my most favorite part, huhu.

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    1. Hi Jennilyn! Thanks for dropping by! And I’m happy to know that you loved this too. And about the romance, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just my practical side whispering to me. But I still loved this, nonetheless. 😀


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