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Mini Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 🧢👱🏻‍♀️🏍️🔍

When I went to my local library one day and saw this book displayed on one of those round tables I had to pick it up because the sypnosis basically begged me to 1) add this to my tbr, 2) read it, 3) solve the case while either feeling a) challenged or b) like someone who is always right about their assumptions and is the one saying things like “I told you” and “I knew it”. This time it was option 3b) and here’s the mini review to it.


32571395standalone book
published May 30th 2017
genre: ya, fiction, mystery, contemporary
one of us is lying on goodreads ( •⌄• ू )✧

my rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.


I haven’t read a lot of books that belong into the “Ya mystery” category although I am a pretty big fan of everything that has to do with mystery as a genre. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about movies, tv shows, books, I think mystery is an amazing “combination genre” and I love it when readers can take part in the investigation of a murder, guess what’s really going on and who’s most likely to have done it. Firstly, I can tell that One of Us Is Lying had all this!!

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

The story is told through the POV’s of four students who coincidentally happen to all be suspects in this case. 4 People. Everyone has something to hide. No one wants their secret to be revealed. And they are all the incarnation of a stereotype that is a bit overused and which I wasn’t a big fan of. Nonetheless, every chapter is  from a different POV which turns the book into an interesting and fast-paced read.

“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. ‘Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ she mutters, going even redder.
‘It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.” 

I also did like the “unexpected romance” in this one since I think it made the story go forward in a good way but I have to admit that I didn’t feel attached to any of these characters though the author did her best to make them realistic while each of them struggled with their own problems. But all I could see were the stereotypes which was probably the reason why I didn’t share the thrill with them. At least, I can give a bonus point for diversity.  I rather felt like an all-knowing observer and in terms of who the murderer is (I won’t tell, hehe) that is a pretty good description of what my role was. You can solve this if you pay attention and I was thinking about it way before the actual end of the story. And, I don’t even want to brag, guys. I think it was kinda obvious.

Overall, it was a fast read which you can read and maybe even binge-read with great POV’s and a nice idea to it but to me One Of Us Is Lying was underwhelming and I missed something (was it tension, atmosphere,??, idk!). Regardless, I think that it was an “okay” read.


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