Review: One of Us is Lying
Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Format: Library Book
Year Published: 2017
Memorable Quote: “I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth”.
You Might Like: We Were Liars (E. Lockhart), Chopsticks (Jessica Anthony), Diary of a Haunting (M. Verano), Second Star (Alyssa Sheinmel), and Sweet Madness (Trisha Leaver).
Synopsis: Five students go into detention, but only four come out alive.
Bronwyn (the brain), Simon (the outcast), Nate (the criminal), Cooper (the athlete), and Addy (the princess) only have one thing in common – detention.
Or so they think.
By the end of detention, Simon is dead, and now the remaining four students are all suspects. However, Simon died knowing major secrets about these four classmates, and was planning on posting them after detention – giving them each a reason to want him dead.
What starts out as a modern day Breakfast Club quickly turns into something much darker and more complicated than any of the students could imagine.
I liked it. One of Us is Lying is fast-paced and intriguing. Not gonna lie, I had the killer figured out by the time detention was over, but there was definitely more to the story than I initially came up with – which was cool. I thought the story was pretty well thought out, especially when it came to the characters.
In the beginning, the book almost read like a mockumentary…. it kind of reminded me of Parks and Recreation or The Office because it felt like the characters were standing in front of a camera sharing their sides of the story, which was interesting but became bland pretty quickly. By mid-story, however, the characters were much more fleshed out and I could actually see the story unfolding because there was more showing than just telling.
Addy especially has fantastic character development. I won’t say too much because, spoilers, but she impressed me the most. All the characters really come into their own by the end of the book. You definitely wouldn’t leave a situation like that unscathed, and that is shown very clearly by all the characters.
This book really shows how powerful secrets can be.
Oh, and the dangers of technology.
I wasn’t crazy about how mental health was portrayed in the book. Something about it just didn’t sit quite right with me. Again, spoilers, so I won’t say anything else.
This is a difficult book to review without giving major plot twists away!
I’ll just say that it was pretty fun. I used it as my teen book club choice for my internship, and we had fun discussing it because there was so much going on.
Honestly, it was a nice change from the fantasy and contemporary novels I tend to read. This was a well-written crime book that kept me on my toes because there were so many details that made it easy to believe that anyone could be the killer.