One of Us Is Lying is an excellent novel about 4 High School Seniors and a murder. Told in first person narrative, Karen M. MacManus has created a highly engaging story that admitted I started reading in the voices of the characters from The Breakfast Club, although I quickly got sucked into what turned out to be a successful whodunnit.
Four students; Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate are in detention. Also, there is Simon, the owner of the school gossip app that makes the lives of the students at Bayview High a living hell. When detention ends, Simon is dead, and the novel examines which of the remaining 4, if any of them, had the opportunity, means and motive to kill him.
I admit the beginning was confusing for me. Moving from character to character, each of the four written in the first person was complicated, particularly as separating which character was which was quite hard until they established themselves.
I'd figure the who out by the 50% mark of the story, but the how had me stumped right up until the end.
This is a fun and easy read, which bustles along very nicely. I guessed the murderer very earlier, but the author does a good job of laying out the breadcrumbs of proof for those suspicions. The non-murder-related drama at the end was perhaps a little unnecessary, and a bit too pat in its resolution, but otherwise this is a most solid read. I liked the characters and enjoyed seeing how they grew and changed in the course of the book.
A superb read, exploring the intricacies of teenage relationships and how fragile they can be. The hook is excellent and the book doesn't give many clues easily, instead focussing on how each of the character's lives are changed by the events. The twist at the end is amazing, even if the book does drop some clues before we get there. Overall, however, it is simply excellent, and one of the best YAF books I've read.
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
What a roller coaster ride! This book was an enjoyable and intriguing read with plot twists at every turn. The mystery behind who killed Simon was well written, with secret being revealed one at a time, building the suspense and leaving the reader guessing. The plot was well developed and the characters were multi dimensional; I especially enjoyed learning more about Cooper and Nate. I also really enjoyed the multiple points of view from all of the main characters which effectively helped to add more depth to the writing rather than confusing the reader, as so often happens.
Overall, this was an amazing read that was extremely enjoyable and leaves the reader guessing until the last second.
Five students at Bayview High enter detention but only four walks out alive. It had to be one of them that did it. That's what everyone is saying. And it makes sense; no one else could have possibly managed to pull it off. One of the other students in the classroom would have seen them. Wouldn't they?
The four main characters are fairly typical, like something out of a teen movie. There's Bronwyn, the perfectionist, who has had her college life mapped out for her before she was born; Addy, who is the perfect girlfriend, social butterfly and who lives for homecoming; Nate, the bad boy, who deals drugs and comes from a broken home; and Cooper, the baseball star who wants to follow his dreams but also wants to keep his father happy. The connections between the characters (forced or otherwise) are believable and were, at times, warm and fuzzy but at other times painfully awkward.
There's also Simon, the one who died, and he plays a pivotal role in the novel. He developed an app which shares the secrets of Bayview High students and he is relentless in what he posts, not seeming to care about the consequences. Even after he dies, the secrets continue to play a big part in the way of life at Bayview High.
I really enjoyed One of us is Lying and am thoroughly looking forward to reading more from this author. It was interesting to read the novel from the different points of views and gave some insight into the background of each of the characters. The book covered a few sensitive issues, which might upset younger readers, but I think they were dealt with in a delicate yet realistic manner.
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Five students walk into detention, but only four emerge. That student has been murdered – and there are four easy marks for the likely murderer. All of them have something to hide which might damage their careers and lives forever. But who is guilt? Who would stoop to murder to hide their secrets?
This novel was satisfyingly sneaky. The reader just keeps waiting for the penny to drop – and it never does! There’s hints of things that are awry, but I found myself always expecting one of the five suspects to make a mistake. It’s told from their point of views, but many other novels can successfully hide secrets from the reader by suppressing the thoughts of the character (such as in Breaking).
I think that the police can’t possibly be as dumb as they are always made out to be. Yes, yes, you have a very convenient scapegoat, but due diligence still says that they should be doing their jobs. Maybe I just don’t understand it because in Australia police generally have well defined roles, and I’d like to hesitate a guess that they might have less cases like this to deal with?
Despite this novel being of the general YA variety, it took me some time to pick up and read it. I picked this up, and then I put it down. It took me two attempts at reading it before I really got into it. I struggled a little with keeping the characters straight in the beginning, but I eventually worked it out. I think that’s what put me off picking it up in the first place, and also the cover reminded me of The Leaving, which I really didn’t enjoy. Sorry for judging you by your cover, novel!
Sorry to everyone who isn’t interested in YA novels. I’m STILL getting through the backlog from when I was finishing my PhD (you can call me Dr. Rose now), and I tended to read ‘easy novels’ that I could read and digest rapidly. Anywho, I still have at least 15 reviews to come from novels I have already read (I’m writing this review in late November btw), and the majority are YA.
Best book ever. If you are hesitating to read this book, Don't! This is a great murder mystery with lots of cliff hangers to keep you going the whole way through. You won't be able to put this down once you start reading. I know I couldn't. This book is a must read for all teenagers and adults. Hope you enjoy the book.