Review – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying


Karen M. McManus

I received from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.


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.”



A brain, a jock, a criminal, a princess and an outcast.

I’ve heard this novel being marketed as ‘The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars’ and they’re not wrong.

I was accepted for an ARC on Netgalley and was so excited – with a touch of worry that it would let me down – but it did turn out quite well.

This book completely drew me in and was really hard to put down, I loved it so much. Granted, the big reveal I sort of figured out about halfway through but that didn’t stop me from enjoying what was written.

I did see some people complain about stereotypes but many are resolved or fixed by the end of it which pleased me.

One of the stereotypes being the secretly gay jock. It was the only really negative thing about it, how clichéd the secretly gay person was. It was the jock, the secretly gay jock who had a girlfriend but couldn’t be open about being with a guy because of his future sporting career and father. Even though it was resolved in the end, I found it overly cliché and it would have been better and more surprising if one of the other’s had of been queer.


It is a fantastic debut for this author and I very much recommend this to others and I encourage the author to continue writing, she has an amazing imagination. I cannot wait for this to be published and buy my own copy to put on my shelf.


Rating: 4/5


Recommend? Of course, it was enjoyable and a surprising debut.


You can pre-order this book from Book Depository or Amazon as it comes out 30th May


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