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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. MacManus | Book Review

32571395Title: One of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 30th, 2017

Pages: 367

My Ranting: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

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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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“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

I’m super happy right now because I got to read an ARC of one of my most anticipated releases of this year and IT. WAS. FREAKING. FANTASTIC.

What first caught my attention was that it remind me a lot to This is Our Story, another book I’ve read back this year and adored, and when the publisher gave me an advance copy of One Of Us Is Lying I was stunned. So thanks to the publisher for giving me the oportunity to read this early!

I first have to say I could not put down this book. I was constantly thinking about it even when I wasn’t actually reading it, and that’s something I appreciate in a mystery/suspense book, because I usually know the good stuff before it really happens. So the fact that it kept me guessing and interested is a great one.

“I thought I’d feel the same way in his living room tonight, waiting for him to tell me I’m not good enough again. But I didn’t, and I don’t. For the first time in a long time, I feel free.”

Now when I started the novel, the characters weren’t really special. They’re the stereotypical american-high-school teenagers. We got the beautiful popular girl, the golden boy who has it all, the smart geeky girl and the bad boy. Really tropy if you asked me. It kinda reminded me to Riverdale (with the rich teenage drama) and Scooby Doo (I know, polar opposites BUT you got the idea).

But once the story progresses you got to know the back story of each of them and it didn’t make them that shallow image I had when I started the book. Actually I ended up liking some of the characters I hated at the beginning of the novel, thanks to their development throughout the story.

And OH MY GOD THE PLOT TWISTS. I didn’t see them coming. At all. And I was shocked. Like I remember reading it and didn’t give much importance to these hints the author gave and when it all came out I was like “!!!!“.

“She’s a princess and you’re a jock,” he thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. “And you’re a brain. And you’re a criminal. You’re all walking teen-movie stereotypes.”

The ending was definitely not what I was expecting. There were some theories I had and I think I had come with the right one but with all the stuff going on I honestly didn’t really give it much thought and forgot about it and focus on other theories, so when the truth came out I was like OH. HELL. DAMN. 

So overall I did really enjoyed this book and I think it is a good mystery YA (I’m really surprised it’s a debut novel) and even though the ending wasn’t what I expected, I totally recommended. Unless you hate the tropes I’ve talked about before.

I REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT MORE THINGS but they contain spoilers so I think I’ll wait until it comes out and write some of the spoilers. Maybe.

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5 thoughts on “One of Us is Lying by Karen M. MacManus | Book Review”

  1. Yeah, I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed this one! I was dying for the ARC, but didn’t get it (boo!), but I’m SO excited for this one, so I’m glad it lived up to your expectations! 😀

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