October 5, 2017
One of Us Is Lying
"Because we're living in a telenovela." ~ pg. 201
People go far to protect secrets. But so far as to commit murder? Five students walk into detention. Four students walk out alive; one is dead. Everyone is a suspect. One of them is lying.
The Brain, Bronwyn, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. The Beauty, Addy, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. The Criminal, Nate, is on probation for drug dealing. The Athlete, Cooper, is an all-star baseball pitcher headed for the draft. The Outcast is Simon; he created a gossip app focused on his classmates. Simon was found dead on Monday. Blind item posts about all of the other students were scheduled to be posted online Tuesday. Someone killed Simon to be sure that post did not publish.
Don't let the genre fool you. This book is one of the better YA mysteries. Some reviewers compare One of Us Is Lying to Pretty Little Liars. I cannot agree or disagree because I didn't watch that show. But if it has anything to do with young people and not knowing who is telling the truth...then yes. The author expertly wrote a story where the narrators were unreliable yet seemed honest. I truly didn't know which one was lying. So I felt compelled to read nonstop until the very end. And wow!
P.S. Don't you love it when the cover so fits the book?
Bookhearts, I recommend One of Us Is Lying. Perfect quick read on a chilly day indoors.
Title: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Published: May 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤