“‘Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ she mutters, going even redder.
‘It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.”
― Karen M. McManus,
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.
First of all I have to wish One of Us is Lying a happy book birthday! That’s right, today is the publication date for this awesome novel. I have seen this book all over the place lately. I was lucky enough to receive this book for review on NetGalley and I am so happy that I did. If you haven’t been able to tell, recently I’ve been on a contemporary kick with my reading. I think there’s something about summer that makes reading contemporary novels that much more exciting. This book went above and beyond.
If I had to compare this book to anything I would say it is Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Let me tell you that is a combination I can get behind. This story follows 4 kids from different social groups forced together by a murder. Each student has a different secret and motive.
One of the things that really made me enjoy this book was how easy it was to get into. The plotline on its own is strong and intriguing. The mystery paired with the accessibility of a contemporary read was a recipe for greatness. I was able to fly through this book and remain invested throughout the storyline.
I really enjoyed the characters crafted by McManus. They were a bit stereotypical. They were very reminiscent of the characters of The Breakfast Club. That’s ultimately what made me drop my review down to 4/5 stars. But, that being said I still enjoyed the characters for who they are. They were a lot of fun and all of the dialogue was dynamic.
McManus is not an overly descriptive writer. She sets the stage then lets the character’s interactions and dialogue fill in all the blanks. That is exactly what I like from my contemporary novels. I like the characters to be at the center of the story. This story is more about the interactions and relationships than just the murder mystery.
Altogether, this was a very enjoyable book. I will definitely buy this book now that it is out. I also look forward to see more stories from McManus. She is a writer that I will keep my eye on. This was an outstanding debut novel that I would definitely recommend.
Who is an upcoming author you’ve really enjoyed? Leave me some suggestions below!