Blog Tour & Giveaway: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Title: ONE OF US IS LYING
Author: Karen McManus
Pub. Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
Genre: Mystery, Teen--
Bronwyn , Cooper, Abby, Nate and Simon could not be more different from each other, yet all had detention the same day for the same reason. When the teens figure out that they were set up, they try to argue their way out of the detention, but to no avail. When a car accident out in the high school parking lot causes the teacher to leave the room, the teens speculate on who is really guilty. But when Simon, the outcast creator of the most popular secret spilling app ends up having a severe allergy reaction, it may not have been an accident. But who is willing to murder to keep their secret?
Wow, what a ride. I had high expectations when I started the book because I had been wanting to read it for forever, so I was a little leery that maybe my expectations were too high. I am so glad to report that was not the case, instead I found myself in this complicated, messy murder mystery that I could not put down. I flew through the pages because I needed to know who was responsible, how this would play out. One of Us Is Lying was like The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, with Gossip Girl thrown in to create a compelling mystery set in a modern day high school.
I thought this book was incredibly well written because all four of the remaining teens had motive and secrets, and I found myself cycling through who I suspected of the murder. Really, any of them could have been capable, and the author kept throwing the guilt around, enough to make me doubt my ever changing guesses. But the thing is that I really liked each character, felt empathy and concern for them, hoped they weren't responsible, all the while in the back of my mind I really questioned if they were capable of murder. It was quite the twisty plot, and I enjoyed the ride.
The author also successfully created four distinctive voices for the teens, each section narrated by a different character as the police investigation got more intense and the surprises just kept spilling out. Not only was this a mystery, but it was a growing up story. All the characters went through a change for the better, the weight of secrets appeared to hold them back from their true potential as people. And the new relationships that were a result of this difficult situation were the best, be it the amazing sister bonds that strengthened or actually came into being, as well as the hidden romances that became out in the open. (side note, Addy and Maeve were my all time favorite characters, but I really liked all the teens regardless of the ending).
This review will be pretty short because I do not want to give away any spoilers to potentially ruin the book, because most the fun was reading one chapter or day of events at a times, having secrets or lies dropped behind like bread crumbs leading me to the exciting conclusion. I did not see it coming, but I really enjoyed what the author created. This is my first book from Karen, but it won't be my last. This story is a must read for fans of mystery books of all kinds.
I received this title in return for my honest review.
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.