Review: One of Us is Lying

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One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Rating: 5/5


The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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 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.



An addictive YA thriller!!! I did not stop reading until the end. They say it’s a retelling of The Breakfast Club which I haven’t read or seen. But even if I didn’t know it, high school stereotypes (the brain, the princess, the jock, the criminal, the outcast) are on every highschool chick-lit book or chick flick movie. And one would think that this is yet another typical high school drama. So it really surprised me how much I loved this book that I plowed through the pages frantically. The murder mystery was excellently weaved into the story that made it into a compelling read. It kept me guessing and by the end, it’s pretty obvious what really happened but I missed every clue because I was so absorbed, I didn’t have much time to think who did it. I also came to love all four characters, their development and the friendship formed through a tragic incident in their lives. It was a blockbuster read for me.

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