One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus {Book Review}

I was a little sceptic at first about reading the book because I tend to stay away from overhyped books thanks to bad reading experiences in the past.

I’m so glad I decided to overlook my small rule and read it anyway! In the end, I was so engrossed in the story that I couldn’t put the book down!

Additionally, I dived into the series adaptation on Netflix because I thought it’s going to be just amazing, I was left disappointed by the series. It was good, but it wasn’t as great at the actual book as some things were altered and I just didn’t approve!

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: A book set in a school
Originally published: 2017

Pages: 358
Format: E-book


Five high school kids end up in detention and only four make it out alive.

By the end of detention, Simon is dead. The investigators don’t rule his death as accidental. He died on a Thursday, and the following day he was planning on revealing secrets about the other four kids that were with him in detention.

Coincidence or was one of the four willing to go as far as murder to keep their secrets hidden?


I absolutely loved the level of suspense that this book carried with it from the beginning right up to the ending.

The writing was gripping and I love the unique plot line that the author dished out to enjoy.

The murder mystery was written so well with the twists and turns, and you didn’t know what to expect next. I honestly didn’t see the ending coming and how it all turned out. That’s how well the build up was throughout the book, just to be hit with an unsuspected curveball.

Each of the characters well thought out brilliantly and the author really made them out to be true to their high school labels. They were all true to their nature. I loved how the characters were introduced from the beginning of the book so you knew exactly who you were dealing with. Each character had a good backstory to carry and even portrayed realistic views to the situations they found themselves in.

Mostly, I loved seeing Addy growing into her own person. She was my least liked character in the beginning of the book but her character growth made me see her in a different light towards the end.

As soon as you find out what each of the character’s secrets are, you’ve left weighting them up against each other to try and figure out who had the most motive to murder Simon, and would they really go that far.


Absolutely recommend this book for anyone who loves young adult novels with suspense filled pages, with twists and turns that leave you wanting more.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.01 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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