One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

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...

Title:One of Us Is Lying
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Number of Pages:370 pages

One of Us Is Lying Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Oct 25, 2016

    What a marvelous, delectable read! There was something so addictive about this book; it felt at times distinctly young adult while also having moments that felt so well done it was beyond the stereotype of what a teenage thriller tends to be. It’s taken me 4 days just to collect my thoughts to the point that I can attempt writing a proper review, and I’m certain this will be one of the most talked about books in the YA genre this Spring/Summer season. My issues with this book were minor, and I’l

    What a marvelous, delectable read! There was something so addictive about this book; it felt at times distinctly young adult while also having moments that felt so well done it was beyond the stereotype of what a teenage thriller tends to be. It’s taken me 4 days just to collect my thoughts to the point that I can attempt writing a proper review, and I’m certain this will be one of the most talked about books in the YA genre this Spring/Summer season. My issues with this book were minor, and I’ll get to those later, but when I first picked up this book I knew I would enjoy it based on the description stating “Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”, two things I love to pieces. While this was in some ways a traditional whodunnit, I believe many of the minor influences were the reason this novel reads so well.

    According the the books I’ve logged on Goodreads, I’ve managed to read over 700 mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. That is an overwhelming number of books that tend to be fiercely judged on their ability to provide a solid, mind-blowing twist. The reason I mention this is due to the fact that it is very difficult for me to pick up a mystery and not have it solved in the first 10% if the clues are provided; otherwise, I typically pick it up when said character is first introduced into the narrative.

    is bound to be one of many fabulous novels that gets thrown into that category and is scrutinized solely by it’s ability to keep the reader guessing “whodunnit” until the big reveal. Again, I mention this because I think it would be a grave mistake for the reader to be so focused on this aspect when the book has so much more to offer! Personally, I had it figured out in the first chapter. As stated in the summary, the pieces are there for the reader to put together if they are clever enough. I applaud the author for her cleverness and storytelling abilities; there will be many readers who will be fooled by the red herrings and receive that glorious

    moment at the big reveal. Why am I rambling on about this you ask? I really want to drive home the point of what makes this book stand out from others that are similar.

    It is a rare day indeed that I find fleshed out, grounded, relatable characters that draw me in to a young adult narrative the way that these did here. My

    moment may not have come during the big twist, but it certainly came in waves abounding throughout my experience journeying with these various high school kids. I was sure this would be another read with those stereotypical teenagers that give contemporary YA novels a bad rep; for crying out loud the stereotypes are printed on the inside of the book cover in the description! I think this was a clever move by the publisher and author; if other readers pull the same underestimation as I did, they will be more than pleasantly surprised at what they get out of this book. In referral to the wrapping up of characters and not the twist, the ending was one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. There is no gag worthy happily ever after where everyone is perfectly paired up in couples and they ride off into the sunset on their baby unicorns while the sun beats down on their pimple free faces…. No, while there are some upbeats moments, the ending is messy and real and I welcomed it whole heartedly. People made mistakes beyond the central narrative and there were consequences and some things were left open-ended in the way that makes you wonder what their eventual decisions lead to. I’m extremely pleased that the author chose to take some risky leeway with her writing direction and applaud her with a standing ovation.

    Alright, I said I would get to the minor issues and I kind of lied. Please don’t hate me, but there was a tiny aspect of this book that I thought I could get past, and even though I can’t discuss it outright (because these spoilers involve blowing the entire plot of the book), my conscience just wouldn’t let me finish this review without mentioning them in the broadest of terms. Again, I applaud the author for tackling some really tough issues and concerns in this book, and I don’t think she wrote anything wrong on her end. I think it’s more of an issue I’ve seen present itself across a wide number of YA books recently. Some who may be dealing with mental illness may perceive the outcome of this novel in an unrealistic way and I can see the possibility of various readers being split on their opinions of some of the content presented. I will say, I feel it was handled better in this book than in others I have read previously. As always, if you’ve read this book early or once you have a chance to read it and would like to discuss, please feel free to private message me and I’ll gladly have a respectful chat with you.

    This is a review I’ve been struggling to write for a few days now and I hope I’ve done it justice. There just aren’t words to describe how completely readable this book really is. McManus did such a fabulous job of making me just as interested in the individual secrets and side stories of the “Murder Club” as I was in the central mystery surrounding Simon’s death. The author had me convinced that this couldn’t possibly be her debut novel, and if this is what she has published first, I can only imagine the treats we will receive in written form from her down the road. I’m a committed fan now and I can’t wait to see what she publishes next. Highly recommended to teens, sure, but I think loads of adults are going to enjoy this one as well. There’s something really special and unique to this story that defies the boundaries of age gaps and will have me remembering it for months to come.

  • Dannii Elle
    Apr 21, 2017

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Karen M. McManus, and the publisher, Delacorte Press, for this opportunity.

    After a typical day in a typical American high school, five teenagers enter detention but only four make it out alive. Simon, notorious due to his gossip-style blog that revealed all the dark and dirty secrets his fellow students never thought would see the light of day, had made many enemies. But which one would want to see him dead

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Karen M. McManus, and the publisher, Delacorte Press, for this opportunity.

    After a typical day in a typical American high school, five teenagers enter detention but only four make it out alive. Simon, notorious due to his gossip-style blog that revealed all the dark and dirty secrets his fellow students never thought would see the light of day, had made many enemies. But which one would want to see him dead?

    The multiple perspective all provided their own angle to the plot. These all pulled together, towards the end, to turn their individual stories into one cohesive whole. Each dirty secret that was uncovered made each character less of a walking stereotype and more of a flawed, and therefore real, individual. I will admit that when I first was introduced to this cast of characters - the overachiever, the bad boy, the jock, the popular girl - I had assumed these were going to be nothing more than a set of weakly constructed and overused cardboard characters. How wrong could I be?

    The actual plot was a thrilling and interesting one, but it was the characters who circled it that really compelled me to keep reading. I admit that I figured out the mystery pretty quickly, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment in any way, purely because the characters. With their flaws and their individual insights they continued to interest me, and made this a very real and very suspenseful read.

  • Liz Barnsley
    Feb 02, 2017

    Another pretty much one sitting read for me and an EASY 5*

    I loved this - clever, often tense, addictive to the ninth degree and with as many twists as a plethora of pretzels - except the twists don't always come within the mystery but just as often within the characters.

    So this is The Breakfast Club if The Breakfast Club was a murder mystery. That is the best way I can describe it (and for those of an age to appreciate the true genius of The Breakfast Club the highest compliment I can give it)

    5

    Another pretty much one sitting read for me and an EASY 5*

    I loved this - clever, often tense, addictive to the ninth degree and with as many twists as a plethora of pretzels - except the twists don't always come within the mystery but just as often within the characters.

    So this is The Breakfast Club if The Breakfast Club was a murder mystery. That is the best way I can describe it (and for those of an age to appreciate the true genius of The Breakfast Club the highest compliment I can give it)

    5 students enter detention only 4 come out alive. But what happened to them? Murder? Accident? And who were they? Victim? Undeserved of their fate? And most of all, who hated them enough to want to see them dead? Well all of those questions will eventually get answered but before that we have a genius of a novel, brilliantly insightful storytelling that starts with a group of teenagers who have easy labels applied to them (the Jock, the popular girl etc etc) but over the course of the novel grow layers and flesh and bone and become actual people. The people they are...

    One of them may be a killer. All of them are not as shallow or as easily read as would first appear. As they enter the spotlight, not only within school gossip but also under intense scrutiny as the police investigation unfolds, the media looks on and nothing will ever be the same again. We hear from all of them and start to understand what has led to this moment, Karen M.McManus slowly but surely takes us towards the ultimate resolution, peeling back the hidden underneath of their friendships and loyalties, pushing them together and pulling them apart.

    It is absolutely riveting - seriously I was hooked, I really engaged with all of them and their plight - so when I say this is utterly character driven I mean that exactly. As relationships are tested, not just within the school hierarchy but within each of their families, all of them have some serious growing up to do and you watch them do just that.

    Not all of the reveal moments are unexpected but they are all emotionally resonant, this is not just a Young Adult mystery but an unravelling of substance and what makes us tick as people. Plus to be fair the mystery element is HIGHLY intriguing - there is also a Christiesque touch to things that really adds to the sheer joy of reading it.

    That's it - The Breakfast Club if Agatha Christie had written it. One Of Us Is Lying in a nutshell for me.

    Highly Recommended. Beautifully written and a genuine barnstormer of a page turner.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Feb 22, 2017

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    Welcome to detention, where a princess, a jock, a brain, a criminal and . . . a gossip???? Wait, that’s not historically accurate . . . . .

    Have all earned a spot for violating one of the most serious rules of high school: NO PHONES IN CLASS. They’ve done the crime, now they have to do the time as well as write a 500 word essay about how technology is ruining American high schools. I

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    Welcome to detention, where a princess, a jock, a brain, a criminal and . . . a gossip???? Wait, that’s not historically accurate . . . . .

    Have all earned a spot for violating one of the most serious rules of high school: NO PHONES IN CLASS. They’ve done the crime, now they have to do the time as well as write a 500 word essay about how technology is ruining American high schools. If they fail to do so, well . . . .

    Plans quickly change, however, when the gossip drops dead of anaphylactic shock. (He didn’t belong in the story anyway, right? The basketcase was the final member.) Now the four remaining delinquents are all suspects in his death when the questions of just how did peanut oil get in the disposable cups near the sink and what happened to all of the epi pens in the nurse’s station get raised. But there’s even more in store for these kids when the gossip’s dishy blog starts revealing secrets none of the four ever thought would get out . . . . .

    First, kudos to whoever was in charge for

    getting a dang blurb right. This absolutely was “The Breakfast Club Meets Pretty Little Liars.” Per usual, I was not the target audience for this selection, but hey the sun shines on an old dog’s butt every once in a while because I thought it was . . . .

    I suspect

    will become a bestseller P.D.Q. (that’s pretty darn quick for you young’ins) and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it optioned as a movie in the not-so-distant future either. If you read mysteries . . . like ever . . . . you'll probably see the end coming about 12 miles away, but the getting there is all the fun. Obviously this isn't a story that’s going to change anyone’s lives, but if you have a teen (or in my case a 30 year old male attorney boss) who enjoys all the guilty pleasures

    has to offer on the ABC Family Channel, this will probably be a winner.

  • Solomon ~ The Bookish King
    Mar 23, 2017

    ... I

    this book ...

    It is by far the one of the best thrillerish/suspense novels I have ever read (LOL I've only read like three.) And is definitely one of my favorite releases of the year, y'all are going to LOVE this one ... hopefully.

    Karen McManus, you my friend, are an absolute mastermind.

    One of Us Is Lying starts off with five high school students who have been placed into detention due to a

    ... I

    this book ...

    It is by far the one of the best thrillerish/suspense novels I have ever read (LOL I've only read like three.) And is definitely one of my favorite releases of the year, y'all are going to LOVE this one ... hopefully.

    Karen McManus, you my friend, are an absolute mastermind.

    One of Us Is Lying starts off with five high school students who have been placed into detention due to a cell phone scam. All five have been caught having phones that weren't their's and their real phones were in their lockers or never confiscated. It's apparent that their detention was a set up and hoax, and no one knows why. Then one student, Simon, goes to get some water during his detention time, and DIES. This all happens super fast, and you're instantly thrown into the crazy storyline.

    We have a jock (Cooper), modern day Mean Girl (Addy), the typical nerdy goodie goodie (Bronwyn), and bad boy (Nate.) These four have all witnessed the death of fellow class mate, Simon and only one can be the killer. But they all have their own secrets.

    SOUNDS AWESOME RIGHT?? BECAUSE IT IS. These characters are so diverse and come from crazy different backgrounds and go through a lot of crazy crap due to the death of Simon. And just WOAH, this was a masterpiece. I honestly figured out the ending pretty early on in the story, but then a lot of things happen, and your opinion will change, and then go back and UGH I WAS EVERYWHERE TO BE HONEST.

    The characters will pull you along the story though. They are such well thought out characters, and they seem so real and relatable. Nothing in this book seemed far fetched at all, because I could easily see this stuff happening in any high school. You get relationship drama, and just stupid teenagers. And honestly,

    Something that made these characters great, is that the author breaks the boundaries of your typical high school students. The classic blonde girl who you expect to be shallow and dumb, is actually very intelligent and well rounded. She wasn't this idiot who ruined the story. The classic Jock is just ... just read it to figure it out because you won't be expecting the plot twist with him. The nerdy girl ... okay she was pretty much the typical goodie goodie. But the typical bad boy as well wasn't a complete jerk to everyone. He had depth and character, and he had a heart and I loved seeing the barriers being broke in this book.

    There is some slight romance in this book but it was GOOD AND WELL PLACED. It didn't seem pushed and a horrid plot device. I will go down with my ship in this series, just saying. It was perfect.

    Also, I know that this has been compared to the Breakfast Club .... and I've never seen that soo I definitely cannot say that it's true to that hype. BUT STILL READ IT BECAUSE IT'S SO GOOD. I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on this when it comes out because it is a MASTERPIECE!!!!!

    SOLO IS OUT.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    May 14, 2017

    This is an

    mystery YA novel. The writing is engaging and accessible. The story itself is narrated by the four main characters—Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper—, thus keeping things moving at a fast pace.

    I was very curious about this book. How can one not be, when hearing the premise? Five students walk into the detention room and only four come out? I love these kinds of stories—like

    —in which everyone is a suspect and no one is to be trusted.

    But I was disappoint

    This is an

    mystery YA novel. The writing is engaging and accessible. The story itself is narrated by the four main characters—Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper—, thus keeping things moving at a fast pace.

    I was very curious about this book. How can one not be, when hearing the premise? Five students walk into the detention room and only four come out? I love these kinds of stories—like

    —in which everyone is a suspect and no one is to be trusted.

    But I was disappointed with the story. I never felt thrilled and I never felt mystified. That’s the problem: this book doesn’t make you feel

    . And the way I see it, it’s a requirement for mysteries/thrillers to make you feel

    . Otherwise it’s just a book like any other. You could say that I wasn't as invested in

    as I would have wanted to be.

    I liked how different the characters were from one another, even if they are complete clichés. The synopsis makes that perfectly clear from the start. However, as the story progresses, we discover new facets of their personalities. I cared for the future of each of them, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’ve never met anyone like Bronwyn, Addy, Nate or Cooper. Because again, clichés.

    If this is one of the first YA mystery novels that you read, I guess there’s a chance you’ll enjoy it more than I did. Honestly I just can’t stop thinking of better YA mystery novels than this one. But that’s because I’ve read many of them.

    Here are some recommendations:

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    Those are books that actually make you feel something.

  • Larry H
    Jun 04, 2017

    I'd give this 4.5 stars.

    If

    was a television series, I would binge-watch it wholeheartedly. It's been a while since I've gotten so into a book I've devoured the majority of it in one sitting when I haven't been on a plane. This hooked me completely, and I'm surprised how much I liked it.

    Five students have detention one afternoon. There's Cooper, the golden boy and star baseball player trying to decide between college and the major leagues; Bronwyn, the class valedictorian who

    I'd give this 4.5 stars.

    If

    was a television series, I would binge-watch it wholeheartedly. It's been a while since I've gotten so into a book I've devoured the majority of it in one sitting when I haven't been on a plane. This hooked me completely, and I'm surprised how much I liked it.

    Five students have detention one afternoon. There's Cooper, the golden boy and star baseball player trying to decide between college and the major leagues; Bronwyn, the class valedictorian who plans to follow her family's legacy and go to Yale; Addy, one-half of the picture-perfect couple and a homecoming princess; Nate, the bad boy, on probation for dealing drugs (and still selling them not so secretly); and Simon, the despised (and kind-of feared) creator of About That, Bayview High's gossip blog. They're all in detention for something none of them did, and they can't understand why the teacher doesn't believe them.

    Before detention is over for the day, Simon is dead, and apparently, it wasn't an accident. It's not long before investigators discover that the next day, Simon was planning to publish items about Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy, and Nate—items which could potentially destroy all of their lives. Suddenly the four of them are the suspects in Simon's murder, and are pariahs among their fellow students, most of whom hated Simon until he died, then turned him into a tragic figure.

    Suddenly four people who weren't really friends (or at least since childhood) are brought together. Each claims their innocence—but is one of them lying, or did someone else get involved? And how, when it was just five of them in the classroom that day? Can they clear their names and get their lives back?

    It turns out that Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate all have secrets they'd prefer to have kept hidden. In some cases these aren't even the secrets that Simon threatened to expose. But when the truth is revealed it will impact their relationships with each other and their friends, as well as their futures. Can they handle it?

    Karen McManus did a great job with this book. It's amazing—she basically took most of the typical high school stereotypes, yet gave her characters a little more depth than you'd expect. Even though you probably will have suspicions of how the plot will unfold (and most of those suspicions will be correct), it's still interesting the way McManus pulls everything together. I couldn't get enough of this book, and even though the story wrapped up, I wouldn't have minded if it ran longer.

    This was a great read. And let's put it this way: only for a novel as skillfully written as

    would make me willing to relive memories of some of the angst, emotions, drama, and insecurities of high school. (And since you know so many books have me singing a particular song, for no reason whatsoever, this book had me singing "One of Us" by ABBA. But this was an easy one: the song actually has the lyric "One of us is lying.")

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  • kazzexual ⚓
    Jun 14, 2017

    and i can't wait to have kids so i can make them read this book and realise the repercussions of getting detention (i.e being framed for murder)

    also this binch right here figured it all out... Emily Prentiss from criminal minds would be so goddamn proud of me

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