Book Review: One Of Us Is Lying

one of us is lying

Background

TitleOne Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: June 1st 2017

Goodreads Blurb: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy 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.

My Rating: ★★★★

Plot

When I first picked up this book it caught me as a mix of The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Five students, Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, Addy and Simon, end up in detention and Simon dies leaving the other four prime suspects in what quickly becomes a murder case.

The plot moves pretty quickly, switching between the view points of the different characters. Throughout the novel many secrets are unveiled that keep you guessing as to who may have committed the crime. I like that fact that new characters are introduced at different points that make you question whether there is something bigger going on. The end of this novel provides a nice twist that I honestly didn’t see coming and it was satisfying to read something a little different. I also appreciated the epilogue as not everything is tied up nicely and some things are left a little open ended.

Characters

It’s not often I read a book where I find I like all the characters but here we are! The mix of different characters kept things interesting and considering the book is told by switching between all of their points of views. There were some things that were easy to guess such as Cooper’s secret but I felt that they were all fleshed out well. If there was one character development in particular that I love it had to be Addy. Her growth throughout the book was something that I admired.

Dislikes

I do have a few niggles about the portrayal of mental health issues in the book.

Overall

One of us is lying was the first book I’ve picked up this year that really gripped me. If you want a read that keeps you guessing and with great character development I would definitely recommend it.

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