Spoiler Free Review…

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.

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Author: Karen M. McManus
Publication date: 30th May 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars

The confliction I feel about this book is real!

On the one hand I really enjoyed how suspenseful it was, I found myself suspecting everyone whether I liked the character or not. It kept me reading non-stop right up until the end. I was also a big fan of the romance within the book, as cliche as it was, I liked how it developed slowly so I could get used to the idea of these two characters together.

On the topic of cliches, I would say about 90% of the plot aside from the suspense aspect of it, was based off YA contemporary cliches. This is both a good and a bad thing in my opinion. I love cliches!! Because they made an easy read, but it also makes the plot predictable 😦

Now to be perfectly honest, I struggled through the first half of this book, the plot progression felt very slow, the characters felt one dimensional and very stereotypical. I also found that characters’ voices weren’t distinguishable at all, I would find myself forgetting whose point of view I was reading about halfway through the chapter.

The Scenes also felt very flat, I feel like much more could have been added to quite a few scenes in the book in order to make them more relevant, especially Simon’s death scene, I didn’t feel any tension during that scene, and I think a scene like that should have evoked something 😦

Overall, I really liked the idea that the book was based off , but I feel like it could have been executed better in order to make this a much more thrilling read.

P.S. I didn’t put down all the issues as some of them are quite spoilery, but if you read the book you will probably pick up on them 😉

P.P.S. These are my personal opinions, you don’t have to agree with them and if you enjoyed the book, congratulations, having different opinions is awesome and make for a highly entertaining discussion 😉


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