One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


One Of Us Is Lying 
by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published May 30th 2017


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus




When I finally got the audiobook for One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus from the library I couldn’t listen to it fast enough. The reviews have been glowing.  The cover and especially the blurb caught my eyes from the very beginning. I love a good mystery. Throw in some teenage drama and I’m all in.

And I was NOT disappointed.

The premise was intriguing:

Five kids are being send to detention but only four come out alive. That screams of my kind of book.

For a debut novel, this book was outstanding. It had character development, smart and flowing dialogues, and a plot that was perfectly executed – I honestly was in awe!!!

Four teenagers, actually every teenager in this book had secrets that changed how I saw them throughout the book, but those four became near and dear to me. And some of these secrets I did not see coming. The author truly did an outstanding job, crafting a novel that kept me guessing until the very end. With each chapter – which were POV’s from each of the four suspects – the characters became more layered and fleshed out. Suddenly everyone had a motive and secrets to hide.

Beside the secrets, I really enjoyed the understated arc. It was all about the human behind the high school persona. The story didn’t need a big BOOM to be intriguing (ok one dead teenager was a rather loud BOOM, but still) for me the human behavior like shortcomings, jealousy and small-mindedness made this story fascinating. The very human characteristics that make people so unpredictable gave this book the deserving tension.

I liked them all. 

Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper.

Addy had the biggest change in personality throughout the entire story. A real character growth that made her a better and more interesting person in the end. Bronwyn was fabulous, steadfast, and going after what she wanted. Nate, a true bad boy, and not someone that would change on a whim. And Cooper, who took a leap of faith and realized that it’s worth it.

I’m not sure when I last read an old school mystery like One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. It must have been when I read and devoured my Agatha Christie novels. And right now all I can say is I want MORE!!! I’m really looking forward to what the authors comes up with next. Original and unique content is hard to come by these days. I have the felling most stories have been told already. I have high hopes for Karen M. McManus!!



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.”

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As a kid I used to write books when I was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. I’m a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.

When not writing or working I love to travel, and along with my nine-year old son I’ve ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which I have never, ever used professionally.

One of Us Is Lying is my debut novel, and I’m currently working on a second book with Delacorte Press that’s scheduled to be published in 2018.

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I’m a blogger, photographer, and unapologetic book addict. I love strong female characters, major jerks, and Happily Ever Afters.

16 thoughts on “One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  1. Fantastic review Corina! And yes Addy was the one I could not stand in the beginning as she was like a brainless barbie but she was the one I ended loving most by the end! It’s a fantastic first book indeed and I can’t wait to read her future works. I’m SO HAPPY that you loved it too!!!!

    1. Thank you Sophie!!! I loved how Addie changed the most and the way she changed was fascinating. She really came into herself at the end of the book. The author did a fantastic job – I think she is someone to keep an eye on.

    1. It was one fabulous mystery – can’t remember the last time I read a mystery that reminded me of the old classics like Agatha Christie.

    1. Yes, I loved how they became a close knit group, becoming friends and confidants. It was a truly wonderful story. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

  2. “The story didn’t need a big BOOM to be intriguing” Exactly! I guessed the ending from the very beginning, but that didn’t make me enjoy the book any less, because as you said, the characters kept getting more layered and interesting as the story progresses, so I was hooked.
    I hope the tv show does it justice, cause it could be awesome!

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