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Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Hey everyone!
Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus with you all.

Title: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Release Date: 1st June 2017
Page Count: 360
Publisher: Penguin
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GoodReads Synopsis:

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.

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.
AndSimon, 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.

My Review:

I have recently read a few of Karen M. McManus’ more recent standalone novels, and I absolutely loved them, so since then, I have wanted to read all of her books that I had missed, starting with One of Us Is Lying. Of course, I had heard great things about it, as well as the Netflix adaptation, and I had high expectations, and it certainly lived up to the hype!

The story begins with Bronwyn, the innocent, clever girl that you never expect to get in to trouble, who has somehow found herself in detention. She’s not alone though, because Addy, Nate, Cooper, and Simon all have detention too. Right from the start, you can tell that these 5 are not comfortable around each other, and are all very different people. 4 of the 5 claim they were wrongly accused, and that it wasn’t their phones that were confiscated by their teacher, Mr Avery, and that someone must in fact be playing a prank on them, but Mr Avery will not listen, and the 5 of them are made to serve their detention anyway.

The action begins very early on with this one, as not long in to their detention, things begin to go horribly wrong. After having a simple drink of water, Simon begins to have an allergic reaction. Despite the groups best efforts, he doesn’t make it. But Simon’s death doesn’t make any sense. He has a severe peanut allergy, but all he had in detention was a cup of water, so how was he having an allergic reaction? and why was his epi-pen missing from his bag? His death wasn’t an accident, and the only people who could be responsible were in that detention room with him. Immediately, there are so many questions that you are desperate to get the answers to, and the story has you hooked from the get go.

The story is told from the POV of all of the classmates in detention, and throughout the story, their different view points makes it even more difficult to figure out the truth of what happened. You get to know each of them individually, their story, their background, their lives, and you begin to feel connected to each of them. With everything that has happened, the classmates also begin to connect with each other, as the rest of the school seem to have their own theories and are turning on each of them. This isn’t helped by whoever is leaking their secrets one at a time through a Tumblr account. When they have no-one else, Nate, Bronwyn, Copper, and Addy come together and become a very close group.

I liked each of the main characters for different reasons, and I really felt for them, but I felt so sorry for Nate in particular. As the school bad boy, he gets a bad rep, and during the investigation it becomes clear that they’re targeting him because of that. I felt that because of other aspects of his life, Nate was getting way too much of the blame, and it was unfair. He was just going through some stuff, and he deserved more credit. But, Bronwyn coming in to his life seemed to have such a hugely positive effect, despite the horrible circumstances, and I loved watching their relationship blossom throughout the story. I was really rooting for them!

It was interesting that each of them had secrets that Simon was ready to reveal, it definitely provided motive for them all, but was that just a coincidence? I just couldn’t imagine any of them actually doing it, but was that how they wanted you to feel? There were a lot of suspicious aspects to the case, and I was constantly second guessing myself. In the end though, I had guessed the outcome, and was proven to be right, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying, because the way it was written was fantastic.

Although I had predicted the ending, I still loved this book. Karen M. McManus is definitely becoming a favourite author of mine, and I can’t wait to read more of her books!

I give One of Us Is Lying a 4.5 star rating!

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