#BookReview One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

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I love multi point-of-view books, as anyone who has read Lost in Static could probably guess. So I was very excited when this popped up. And it didn’t disappoint…

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Genre: Crime, mystery, young adult, suspense, coming-of-age

Stars: 5

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US

 

The Blurb:

On Thursday 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 Thursday, he died. But on Friday, 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 just 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 Review:

Mystery, coming-of-age, crime, social issues, suspense, a dash of romance, this unputdownable novel has it all.

When five students all end up in detention for having mobile phones that were not their own on them, they are confused. When one of the students (the one that most of the school hates) dies, they are panicked. When the police start investigating them for the murder, they are scared . But when their peers and the media start pointing fingers, that’s when they have to evaluate exactly whom they can trust, if anyone…

I loved this book – absolutely loved it! I’m a sucker for multi-POV and this story uses the different perspectives to move the story at pace. It was a great mystery read, but there were deeper themes within the layers that made the read so much more enjoyable. And while the different perspectives could have had stronger individual voices, their different likes and lives were so well portrayed through the insights into their lives and how the media circus and suspicion was affecting them all. It was also pacy, rewarding, and fun. Did I mention that I loved it? Highly recommended.

*Thank you to the publisher for my free review copy via NetGalley.