One of Us is Lying – Karen M McManus

Spoiler Alert

From the blurb, I was getting a Breakfast Club/ Pretty Little Liars vibe which definitely got me excited however if I’m entirely honest it didn’t live up to my expectations and I was a little disappointed. Nevertheless, the storyline was interesting, dramatic and addicting and even though I was able to figure out who the killer was from the first chapter, I didn’t mind because I never usually get it right! I think the fact that I had just finished ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J Maas might have had an impact on my expectations and my overall review as nothing can compare to that series, it’s incredible!

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. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention: Bronwyn, the brain, Addy, the beauty, Nate, the criminal, Cooper, the athlete and Simon, the outcast. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. 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?

The characters and their development has to be one of the aspects of this book which really makes it for me. Addy’s development was by far the best out of all of the characters and I loved that she went from a typical princess to this strong independent woman and it was nice to see her grow into a person she wanted to be. We had our classic high school stereotypes – the overachiever, the bad boy, the jock, the popular girl – but McManus gave them depth which is what helps make this book different from any other typical high school drama. They all had flaws and individual insights that continued to interest me and I was left enjoying all the different balanced perspectives instead of just one which usually happens for me. I was invested in all their personal stories and loved getting to know all of them better. In some aspects this story was refreshingly realistic, the ending didn’t see everyone coupled up and living happily ever after instead, the ending was messy and real as our characters were left to deal with the consequences, they didn’t just magically disappear.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read which I happily read by the pool on holiday and if you’re looking for something quick and easy to read with a bit of drama then this is the book for you. There wasn’t anything outstanding about it, it was just a fun read and I’d give it a solid 3/5 stars.


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