One of us is Lying by Karen McManus
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One of us is Lying | Review

By Karen M. McManus

Published 2017 ( How am I just reading this now?!)

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery Fiction, Contemporary Fiction.

A Murder Mystery. Who doesn’t love the high from solving the murder just before the author does the big reveal? I do!

How did I find this book?

Turns out I had it in my library on my TBR list but never got around to it.

*TBR: To be Read

Then, one afternoon as I was scrolling through one of my spaces on Quora, I saw this book listed on the New York Times bestsellers.

So, I suggested the book to my book club and it’s the current read of the week. I also have a post here for more book club recommendations. I read quite fast so I finished ahead of time and just in time to post a review.

What is it About?

Synopsis from Goodreads:

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walks out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this.
I included it because it played a significant role in garnering interest to read the book.

Boy, I don’t think I came up for oxygen till I finished. It took me two days to finish the book cause I had other things to do on the side.

This is one of those books that had me up at 3 am, after falling asleep reading it, just to continue where I stopped.

My Take on the Characters

Nate, the sexy bad boy/criminal. My favorite character, I hate to be predictable but who doesn’t love a bad boy with a sweet side.

Addy, the princess. Wake up one of the most popular students with the hotshot boyfriend to a suspect for a murder case, that sounds like a nightmare. However, I admired watching her become more independent and stand up for herself in her obviously toxic relationship.

Bronwyn, the brain. Boy, she was smart, savvy and resourceful. She wasn’t going down without a fight.

Cooper, the jock. I personally didn’t like him as a character until a few pages to the end when I warmed up to his personality. He seemed flakey.

I can’t decide between Ashton and Maeve which I liked more. I felt their backstory was well thought on and not thrown together which gave the major characters a sense of

All I can say about the character, Simon, is that he defines what happens when resentment festers and grows. I guess that’s what happens when you feel as though everyone wronged you.

The Book Elements

I loved the plot, the pacing was written with a timeline showing the day, date and time in each character’s perspective. At first, the multiple perspectives can’t make it difficult to know who’s talking at each point in time but eventually, you’d get a sense of how each character thinks and it’s less confusing.

There was a slow build to discovering the mystery, not an immediate reveal. But just enough to carry the reader along with each moment, and really get into the Sherlock Holmes mode.

Amongst the 4 of them, I appreciate the fact that the author did not make any of the characters stereotypically dumb. Like in horror movies.

All of them had a motive, but the question is whose motive was great enough to do something about it.

What to Expect?

The author didn’t just keep it all mystery, there was drama from A class bitches, heated make-out sessions and betrayals that you’d expect from a book centered around teenagers… Erm, I mean, Young adults.

There were no erotic scenes and the language wasn’t vulgar, just a few words like “bitch” here and there.

You should expect plot twists and shocking revelations.
I definitely did not see the end coming and I tried so hard to figure out who the killer was. Darn it.

Do you think you can?


If you’re looking for the next book for your book club, this is it. It makes a worthwhile discussion. It is also my best suggestion to relax with after the end of a stressful day.

I’d recommend this read to any lovers of Young Adult fiction and Mystery.

I loved this read, I hope you do too. You can order yours right now on Amazon

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Because it’s everything I love in one book.

Thank you, Karen M McManus, for this amazing read. To learn more about the author,
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I’m running off to get her next book, One of us is Next – a sequel.

New words bank from me to you.

  • Corralled: gather together and confine (a group of people or things)
  • Complacency: a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.
  • Unperturbed: Not concerned

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