One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus #bookreview #YA #thriller

Title: One of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Page Count: 359

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

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.


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a young adult thriller that takes readers on a journey to find a killer. Not sure I’d really compare this one to Breakfast Club though as the detention scene doesn’t last very long but sort of same idea, a group of opposites brought together in detention but their story goes on from what happened there.

Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, Cooper and Simon have all been sent to detention after a teacher finds each of them with a cell phone. The odd part of this group being brought together is the phones in question didn’t actually belong to them but their complaints go unanswered and they end up in detention anyway.

However, what the group didn’t know was that whoever sent them there didn’t mean for all to leave at the end. When the teacher leaves the room for a short time Simon get up to get a drink and the next thing anyone knows he is on the floor suffering an allergic reaction and when help doesn’t arrive in time the rest of the group comes under scrutiny for murder.

The story is told from all the points of view of the group in question and for a while I thought they really didn’t stand out much but after a while each gained their own voice and from then the story  really grabbed my attention. The victim in here is one that wasn’t very likable spending his time pointing out others secrets so each had a definite motive keeping a reader on their toes searching through the secrets to find just what did happen. Definitely a compelling young adult mystery that I would recommended checking out.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

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. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. The New York Times bestseller One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website,, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

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