Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Random House Children's - Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: May 24, 2017
Length:  368 Pages
Source: NetGalley
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.
My Review

Every once in a while a book that is a joy to read ends up in your hands.  This was one of those books.  Initially this book completely escaped my notice but then I started seeing some really great reviews for it from a lot of different people.  I saw a bandwagon and decided to jump on.  I am so glad that I did.  This book was such a surprise for me.  I hoped that I would like it but I never expected to love it.  Once I got about midway through the book, I didn't put it down until I turned the last page. 

The characters in this story are great.  I had hoped that I would like the characters when I started reading this book.  I never dreamed for a moment that I would love them.  The four main characters at the heart of this book are all very different from each other and I really felt like I got to know them over the course of the book.  There were times that I felt like the book was really focusing on one character more than the others but then the focus would move on to the next character for a while.  I really enjoyed getting to know all four members of the group.

This book starts out in detention.  Simon, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate are the only students in detention that day but after a terrifying emergency only four students ever get to leave.  Simon is rushed to the hospital where he later dies.  The authorities think that one or all of the other students might be responsible for his death since Simon was about to reveal big secrets about each person on his gossip blog.

The mystery in this book was really very well done.  I had no idea what happened to Simon.  I would come up with a theory only to realize that I had to be wrong soon after.  I was literally guessing until the end of the book.  I also really felt for each of the characters as their secrets were revealed.  All four really go through a major life change during the course of this book.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This was a very smartly written story that was next to impossible to put down.  I am very impressed by the fact that this is the first book written by Karen M. McManus.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press via NetGalley.
About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website,, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter


  1. Cool cover, that does pull me in

  2. And I missed this one entirely. I can see why you leaped for the bandwagon to read this one. Sounds good and I like that the revealing of their secrets changed them plus the mystery was that cunning. :)

  3. Loved this one and I love your review! =)
    Sam @ WLABB

  4. I'm so glad you loved this one as it's one I want to make time for. Great review and now I can't wait to pick it up. You sure are getting a lot read thus month!

  5. I would probably pass right by this in the store or library if I saw it, but, boy, do you make it sound good! Now I will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for your great review, Carole.

  6. Wow, sounds like an awesome book by a debut author! Awesome review, Carole. I'll check this out. I want some mystery to spice up my reading experience. :)

  7. This is one of my most anticipated books, so I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. It sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

  8. I was not sure of this book, but you have convinced me to give it a try. Great review.

  9. Ohhhh, 5 stars?!?! I already have this one on my Wishlist/TBR, but now I'm even more excited about it. Great review!

  10. First time I've seen this one! I love when they keep me guessing and not able to figure out the mystery :)

  11. Ahhh, I am loving the twisty goodness of this!~

  12. This one sounds so so good! I really need to read it <3
    Megan @

  13. Oh, man. I was turned down for this one, and it looked so good. You've just confirmed it. I'm going to request this one at my library.

    Great review! :)

  14. I have been seeing so many reviews for this book around lately! It's on my TBR already. I fell right in love with the premise and the title, and the positive reviews about the mystery has me wanting to read it myself.


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