Book Reviews

Genre: thriller, mystery, crime fiction

Key Stage: Year 9+ (contains some swearing/mature content)

Rating: ★★★★★

One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus (2017)

Plot: 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.

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Opinion: Oh, I love a murder mystery and this book surely had me guessing. 

At the start I could not figure out who was the murderer. A selection of stereotypical teenagers to choose from I did not want to go for the obvious perpetrator, so my need for equality kept me guessing. As the book went on, I became more and more invested in the teenagers, not wanting any of them to be guilty of murder but someone had to of done it!!! 

Loved this book and no spoilers from me, all I can say is it will keep you guessing right till the end of the book as it did with me. 

Reviewer: Ms Williams

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