Everybody has secrets: One of Us is Lying Review 

One of us is Lying by Karen McManus starts off with a group of your typical high school stereotypes and reveals that there is so much more to these people than they let the public see. The basis if the story is five kids go into detention but only four come out. Who is the murderer? Clue: Eveybody is lying.


Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. For fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, this is the perfect high school thriller.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. 

Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.Everyone has secrets, right?What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

I was sucked right into this story from the beginning. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, which seems to be happening a lot to me recently. 

All the characters seem like your typical stereotypes, the jock, the prom princess, the brain and the bad boy but as the story develops you realise they are all so much more then some silly label. 

The book has great character development none of the four mc come out unchanged at the end. Simons death turns all their lives upside down. I especially liked Addy’s character growth, she went from a girl worh no opinion of her own to a badass.  I one is what they appear to be at first glance.

I did figure out who the murderer was but I still enjoyed the characters journey to figuring it all out for themselves. Although I didn’t figure out quite how everyone was involved and the full plan to pull it all off.

It was an interesting and fun read. I would definitely recommend it.


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