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

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine Program.
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Digital/Print/Audio (368 pages, DELACORTE)
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.

Author Site: website

Great first read of the summer! (5 stars)

ONE OF US IS LYING isn't the type of book I pick up often but I was in the mood for something that'd keep me guessing and it sounded like a blend of two interesting things. While it wasn't hard to figure out the answers to most of the mysteries I still enjoyed the unraveling of the secrets that had the four central characters afraid. Cooper wound up being my favorite but I liked all of them a lot. Each of their secrets really added to who they were and none were as cliche as you'd expect.

If you're one who enjoys a very twisted mystery plot that has a blend of romance and unlikely friendships I think you'll find it a really satisfying read. I wouldn't call it a beach read but this is definitely the sort of read I loved to spend a summer day engrossed in as a teen. I will definitely be reading more from McManus!

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