One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying - Le Book CornerSynopsis: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.
Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

Genre: Contemporary – Young Adult


My thoughts: I bought this book last week while I was in London. I had seen it around, mostly on Booktube and I was curious about it, so when I stumbled upon a signed copy, I decided to give it a go.

One of Us is Lying is a contemporary that balances typical Young-Adult (with high school, rumors, and teenagers), with a mysterious murder and a dash of romance. It is so different from what I usually read but that’s exactly why I loved it.

First, we get into the story right away and after just a couple of pages, I was completely hooked. The investigation and the mystery surrounding Simon’s death was perfectly handled by the author. All throughout the book I was guessing and theorizing about who the murderer might be. And up until the latest pages, I was clueless.

“Unless one of us is lying. Which is always a possibility.”

The multiple points of views added a lot to the story and helped the author build a lot of tension. I really enjoyed getting to know each of the main characters, who turned out to be much more complex than first met the eyes. They all have their own plot line that is also part of the larger story and that was really interesting. I especially enjoyed Addy’s story might be my favorite, because I feel she’s the one that evolved the most, going from a cliché, shallow bimbo, to a strong, independent woman.

“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

For Addy and the other characters, the story goes from one plot twist to the other and that’s exactly what I wanted from this book: mystery, investigation, big revelations etc…

However, I do need to point out a small problem I’ve had with this book. I found that, at times, the writing style was too complicated and didn’t feel natural. I’ve even had to reread a couple sentences just to make sure I understood right.

That being said, I loved One of Us is Lying. And it really made me what to read more books in that genre. So if you have any recommendation for this kind of books, just let me know in the comment section below.

My rating: 4.5/5


Enjoy your reads,

Gaëlle

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