Monday, October 30, 2017

Mini Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen McManus
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte Press (May 30, 2017)
Source: Borrowed
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
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.









You know those books that are so good that despite the fact that you are pretty sure you have it all figured out in the first few chapters, that you just don't care because you have to see if you are right, but most of all, you just want to keep reading because the story has sucked you in?

That was this read for me. Sure, I knew pretty much everyone's secrets and I had a good guess what happened to Simon but I didn't care because I had to make sure I was right and that is where the fun came in. Really the story was so engaging that it was pretty hard to put down and knowing the who and the what, didn't ruin a thing for me or take away from the story one bit and for that, I would highly recommend reading this. It was just that good.



48 comments:

  1. This was a whole lot of fun for me as well. I liked the characters, and the story was written brilliantly. Glad you felt the same way! :)

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    1. It was a nice change from the same old same old for sure!

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  2. I think I have this on my bookshelf Ali. I know exactly what you mean about knowing but reading to see if you are right. Great review.

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    1. Thanks Kim and I hope you end up liking it too!

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  3. I have come to the conclusion that I am def a black sheep with this one, I am totally okay with that. I saw the appeal in it, but things just did not work for me. Glad you enjoyed it :D I was def hoping you would

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    1. Sorry you didn't like it as much as I did Lily. ;)

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  4. Oh yea. I'm the same way. Knowing isn't everything so I have to know if I'm right. Brilly review! :)

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  5. I liked this one a lot too. Even though I guessed right about Simon, I liked seeing everything come together.

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    1. Yes, it was so good and interesting it just didn't matter for some reason that I had everything right.

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  6. It sounds like I need to read this book. Great review.

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  7. I love a good mystery. Thanks for the recommendation, Ali!

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  8. I really want to read this one! And you're right, sometimes a book just sucks you in regardless of whether you can guess things right or not.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Definitely and I love it either way when they do that.

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  9. Agreed. I was surprised at how much I liked it.

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    1. Me too. Usually YA mysteries just don't do it for me.

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  10. Looks like a fun read. Just because it's predictable doesn't mean the ride isn't worth it. All about the writing and glad to see this is a good one.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. Sounds like an interesting read. I probably won't like it that it's all easy to predict, but you never know. I'll check it out at the library. :)

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    1. I didn't think I would either but I really did so you really do never know.

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  13. Sounds good Kindlemom, sort of like a retelling of the 80s classic film The Breakfast Club.

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    1. Ooo kind of in a murder mystery sort of way!

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  14. I loved this one, too! I was caught up into from page one. Glad you enjoyed despite figuring out so much ahead of time. I didn't know who the killer was until pretty late. :)

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    1. I think I either read too many reviews on it beforehand or maybe I've just read too many mysteries LOL, either way, it really didn't matter because it was so well written. ;) So happy you loved this one too.

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  15. Ohh, I've been reading a lot of positive feedback about this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    xx
    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. Thanks Vanessa, it really was a good one. I'm glad I took a chance on it.

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  16. Damn, I know detention use to bore me to death, but I never knew it was deadly!

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  17. This book sounds so good and it's been on my radar for a while. Stories like this are hit or miss with me though because of their predictability. So, I am happy to hear that even though you were able to guess everything going on, you still really enjoyed it. That says a lot about the author's writing.

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    1. Definitely and don't be detoured by it, definitely still give it a chance.

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  18. I can't wait to read it, it's waiting in line :)

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  19. I loved this book, and I'm with you. If the story and characters are good enough, it's ok with me that I could figure it out.

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    1. Yep, really it's the writing and how engaging it is that matters. ;)

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  20. Ooh this one looks good. It sort of reminds me of Breakfast Club but with a murder mystery twist. I'm going to have to look this one up.

    Simply Angela

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    1. It is a tiny bit like that other than most of the book doesn't happen during detention but there is a similarity there for sure.

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  21. I just ordered this one for my library. I am pumped to read it since I'm kind of in the mood for a thriller/mystery.

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    1. I bet you will end up liking it and I know your students will for sure, there is just so much to be interested in and so much going on that someone is bound to relate.

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  22. I love when stories are engaging like this.

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  23. I'm glad you liked this one! I did too it's probably one of my faves of the year.

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    1. It really was fun, so glad you liked it too.

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