One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
On Thursday 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 Thursday, he died. But on Friday, 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 just 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.
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I really enjoyed this book and gave it four stars. This was my first ever mystery/ thriller book and I really didn’t know if I would like it before going into it just because I am the type of person who needs to know what is going on, it drives me nuts to not know, and I really thought that the mystery would annoy me but it actually just made me want to read the book more so that I could find out what was going on.
The first chapter on this book was incredibly intense and drew me in totally and completely! It was an amazing way to start off a thriller. before going into the book I thought that there would be a lot more mystery surrounding how Simon died but you see the whole thing through all four of our main characters eyes and that just made me question everything so much more.
There were a few sections that I found to be a little slow in the middle and also became a little repetitive but overall I got through it pretty fast and the writing style made me an easy and enjoyable read.
At first when I went into this book I didn’t like how we changed perspective so many times, there were parts of the book were one character would only have a page or so from them before switching to someone else. It did make it a little disjointed for me at first but the switching back and forth I think aided the story as our four main characters were discovering things and going through their personal dramas all at the same time so it wouldn’t have made sense to do full chapters of each person and then back track through each day.
Addy was my favourite character and had so much growth within this book. It was pretty heart breaking watching how much she went through because of her mistake but she became so much stronger for it. I loved watching her becoming her own person and have so much personality and spunk. I also loved how she cast off everything that her mother thought she should be and truly did things for herself. I also loved Addy’s sister, she was so supportive and helpful even when Addy tried to push her away.
I really enjoyed watching the relationship grow between Nate and Bronwyn. I loved how they were such total opposites but brought out the best in each other, especially Bronwyn. Nate became more of a rule follower and Bronwyn decided that maybe not every rule was meant to be followed to the letter.
I really enjoyed watching the group go through their theories and figuring out clues. They were all so intelligent and came up with things that I couldn’t see. I had so many theories about who the killer was and what was going on and they kept changing every single chapter, I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a single person that I didn’t suspect at some point, except for Jake who ended up being in on it the whole time!! I suspected about half way through that Simon was going to have killed himself but I didn’t expect him to have any accomplices or the reason that they were doing all of it.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future 😀
Thank you for reading!