Friday, June 16, 2017

One Of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

First Paragraph:

A sex tape.  A pregnancy scare.  Two cheating scandals.  And that's just this week's update.  If all you knew of Bayview High was Simon Kelleher's gossip app, you'd wonder how anyone found time to go to class.

My Thoughts:

What a fun book! Karen M. McManus's debut YA novel is quite addictive to read or rather, listen to. The audio was narrated by four different voices and all of them were well done. If you're a fan of The Breakfast Club and you like your stories to include some murder accusations and secrets, you'll probably enjoy this 'darker' version of...The Brain, The Athlete, The Criminal, The Outcast, and The Beauty. All of the characters are in detention for having a cell phone in class. All of them claim that the phones don't belong to them and were planted in their backpacks. After just a few minutes, one of them is dead and the other four are drawn into a police investigation. Everyone has secrets - lots of secrets. Yes, the characters are bit trite, but it's all good. Can't wait to see what this author writes next!


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.


  1. I've this one in my pile. Can't wait to read it!

  2. Sound like a terrific debut. I'm going to add this to my reading list. Thanks for a terrific review.

  3. I still, at my age, have a thing for The Breakfast Club. This sounds like great fun!

  4. The more I hear about this one, the more I want to read it.

  5. Oh this is like a locked-room mystery with a YA angle! Love it!

  6. You had me at The Breakfast Club!


Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy to hear your thoughts and will respond as soon as I can. Happy Reading!