One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus Review (Spoiler Free)


Summary: 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.



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This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

★☆☆☆☆ 1/5


DNF at 18%


One of Us is Lying sucks you in with the synopsis, five students walk into detention and only four walk out.

There’s Bronwyn, ‘the brains’, a smart girl with Ivy League hopes.

Addy, ‘the princess’, but not quite homecoming queen.

Nate, ‘the criminal’, bad boy type with a bad reputation.

Cooper, ‘the jock’, star baseball pitcher.

Simon, ‘the outcast’, creator of a gossip app that exposes other students secrets.

When Simon dies suddenly everyone is a suspect. With Simon’s earlier promise of a juicy secret to expose on his app, and the other four all with secrets they don’t want out giving them all motive, it’s a question of who’d go so far as murder to keep their secret getting out.

I went into the book expecting murder, secrets, betrayal, lies, The Breakfast Club with murder, a story that would have me hooked from start to finish, but unfortunately it wasn’t that.

The characters were stereotypical, cringey and flat. At one point I wanted to throw my iPad because Addy, the stereotypical girl who’s into makeup and prom, got changed because her boyfriend didn’t like her outfit. Don’t change your outfit, girl, change your man.

What should’ve been an interesting story was just boring and let down by two dimensional characters. I had high hopes considering the descriptions, but my interest disappeared and all too soon into the book making it a DNF.

Did I like the book? No.

Did I love it? Nope.

Would I recommend it? Nope. It’s being marketed as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars and it’s like neither.


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