Saturday, April 11, 2020

One of Us Is Lying Karen M. McManus

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.

My Thoughts:

The Cover:
What a fantastic cover!! This book was a Christmas gift from my son and I knew, as soon as I saw the cover, that I would love the book! School photos with no faces and the title scrawled in red across them all. I couldn't wait, but unfortunately, the to-be-read pile was long. I had to squeeze it in between a trilogy that I am reviewing, which is coming soon. But now there is a problem, because I am addicted. Already ordered One of Us is Next, Book 2, which is on backorder. Uggggg. Good for Karen M. McManus, but not for us book junkies!!!

The Plot:
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars!! I love the Breakfast Club, but I am not familiar with Pretty Little Liars. I know, berate me blow! I have heard of it; just never seen it. Anyway, I don't think that statement really does this book justice. While the premise seems pretty simple, the actual story is definitely not simple. It takes the reader on a journey, with twists and turns. But great twists and turns. You start off figuring that it would be too easy if it was one of the four kids from detention. But as you read, you start to suspect first one, then the other. Then you just want to know the answer.

The Characters:
All of the characters from One of Us is Lying are amazing. The author created characters who are believable and interesting; who have flaws, dreams, and desires. It is easy to fall in love with the characters and sympathize with them. I love all the characters, even though it was a little harder to love the popular kids.  But popular kids have their own issues that they have to work through and they often fall hard from their pedestal. I think Nate and Bronwyn are my favorite characters, although Cooper is up there on the list as well. I really did like all of our characters, even our villain.

Was It Worth Reading?:
Oh hot damn, yes!!!! I could not stop reading this book; it was that amazing!! It had all the needed twists and turns to keep me guessing and I was so entertained; so intrigued, wait - what it stronger than intrigued?? It was almost frustrating , trying to figure out who was behind Simon's death. I highly recommend One of Us Is Lying to readers of YA, adult fiction, mystery, contempory and give it 5 out of 5 crossbows.

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