One of us is lying – Karen McManus


Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

My opinion

I have to say that ‘One of us is lying’ really sprung out because of the way it looks. The red letters on the covers and the sides that are red too make the book look very attractive. For me that’s a good reason to pick up a book. The synopsis of the book is a bit odd, because there are no five students in detention, but well, you can get over that fact. You’re thrown into thinking one person did it and the other moment you think the other person did it. Karen McManus really sets you on a different track each time there’s a new chapter.

What also really helps is that the perspectives constantly change. You have to switch a lot between characters and you really have to keep paying attention to the story. But that helps with staying curious about the ending. You know one of the students is lying, but you don’t know which one. I just couldn’t figure it out, because every character has some deep dark secret, which definitely makes ‘One of us is lying’ very interesting. Those secrets are dark, yes, but they’re also secrets that are easily recognisable. You get a pretty good bond with the main characters throughout the book and because there’s one of them who’s lying, you also mistrust every single of one them.

It’s such a quick read, because of the changing perspectives and the way Karen McManus keeps you curious until the end, which makes the book also unputdownable (is that a word?). The ending really came as a surprise to me, I just didn’t see that one coming. That also makes it a book that you’ll not pick up a second time because then you’ll know how it ends.


Despite the face that the synopsis is a bit odd, is ‘One of us is lying’ a very quick read. Karen McManus puts you on a different suspect every change of chapter and that makes you wanna keep on reading.


One of us is lying by Karen McManus
Published by Penguin
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780141375632

You can buy the book at Bookdepository.

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