Book Review: ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.



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.



Title: One of Us is Lying

Series: One of Us is Lying #1

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publication: May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Target audience: Young Adult

Book DepositoryAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Rating: 🌵🌵🌵 ½

The thing is, I never really had any interest to read One of Us is Lying. Contemporary just isn’t my thing and neither are books set in high school. But this book was (and still is) very popular. And oh- how popular it is. You can find it all over the internet, it’s in every German bookstore (some of my all-time favourite books don’t even have a German translation yet or it took agest – whereas the German translation of One of Us is Lying came out only one year after the original’s publication) and it’s even getting a movie! So yes, the book’s popularity (and the fact that my cousin lent me her copy of it) made me reconsider and I thought ‘Why not give it a try?’.

Well, good thing I did because this was the first book in a very long reading slump that I managed to finish. And actually enjoy.

One of Us is Lying is by no means a literary masterpiece but it is entertaining and really, that is all it needs to be. The writing is simple and you could easily read the book in one sitting.

Despite its rather dark topic, the book is more fun than it is suspenseful. It makes sense that there’s nothing really gruesome happening in the book since it’s YA but I still expected more of a thriller. What I got was a high school drama with a little bit of mystery thrown in.

While that is not necessarily a bad thing, the book turned out to be rather cliché and predictable at some parts. I saw two of the biggest plot twists coming miles away and I don’t think they were very original. But maybe the worst thing of all, was the behaviour of the police. Why does the police always act so dumb in teenager books/movies/shows/everything? I hate it.

What surprised me the most was the character development. I went in thinking that One of Us is Lying would be mainly action-driven and while there is a lot of action happening, the characters are pivotal to the plot, too. They grow throughout the book, especially Addy. In the beginning, I didn’t like her at all but she came to be my favourite character of the book and to be honest, the only character I really cared about.

Yeah, I’m not as enamoured with One of Us is Lying as the rest of the world seems to be, but it’s a fun read and definitely worth a try if you’re in the mood to read about some kids solving a murder.

Have you read One of Us is Lying? Did you figure out some of the twists before they got revealed? Are you excited for the movie? Let me know down below in the comments!

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