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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus



Published: March 30, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: e-Book/Audiobook

Pages: 361



“You find out who your real friends are when stuff like this happens.”



The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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.



“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.”

I am already sold with this line alone the moment that I first stumble upon the synopsis of this book. If I were to describe it, this book is more of a mixture of Gossip Girl & Pretty Little Liars, except everyone knows who the Gossip Girl is and he is the one who died.

As I read the quarter of this book, I thought that the story line is quite simple yet every chapter is a page-turner. However, as we get deeper into the story, it gets a little confusing. It feels like things are not adding up and the mystery is turning from simple to complicated as we really get to know each character.

This is one of those books with multiple POVs which actually worked. We follow each of them as they struggle upon hiding their secrets, finding the answer to the mystery and also finding a way out to the mess that they get in. I like every character in the story, especially Addy and her character development.

As you get to the ending and the plot twist of the story, you would realize how twisted the whole story is. Hatred and jealousy would really eat you up if you live everyday just to hate on others and secretly envy them. And I did not see that coming. The culprit is quite unexpected but once you read the book the culprit surely was so twisted with hatred and envy that s/he is capable of doing such thing.

All in all, the story is enjoyable and a quick read. This is my second time reading this and I can say that I enjoy it still. But let’s not talk about the Epilogue. I hate when authors do those stuff. The mystery is already closed as it is, why romanticize the ending?! (Okay I’ll shut up.)

That’s all for this review.

Till next time!



A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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