Review: One of Us Is Lying

Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Official synopsis

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.


Review

One of Us is Lying is the face-paced, whodunit page-turner it promises to be. Filled with endless plot twists, it makes you fall in love with the core 4 characters as they develop into multi-dimensional characters with a purpose for the truth. It's smart and engaging and I wasn't able to put it down because I had to know if my theories and guesses would pan out.

I really thought the core 4 characters were the best part of the book. At first, I didn't know what to expect because they all seemed so one-dimensional. Then their layers started showing and with every page turn, I got more and more invested. Nate was like a broken spirit that you wanted to heal - I felt strongly for him and the preconceived prejudices against him. Bronwyn was a book smart overachiever who turned into a surprisingly strong and fearless justice seeker. Addy was the most one-dimension of all at first but she eventually found her voice and had the most growth. Cooper was the stereotypical jock with a not-so-shocking secret that made me root for him even more. I was weirdly proud of all of them and was also weirdly disappointed in myself for liking them so much since one would turn out to be the killer.

I followed the trail of bread crumbs like I was on a mission and although I guessed the killer, I was in shock when the entire truth came out in the end. I was kept on my toes throughout and really enjoyed reading this.

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