I was pleasantly surprised by how I actually enjoyed One of Us is Lying. Going into the story, the reader is given a very defined and stereotypical Breakfast-Club cast that I thought that I would end up resenting the more I read. Turns out, these kids and their multiple narratives are much more than what the school makes them out to be. And the gossip! And the mystery! I had fun diving into the drama and the detective work, and though it was not a novel that had me flying through the pages, I did enjoy the pace at which I read. Chapters ran quick, and multiple narratives gives a lot of substance, especially with the lives these flawed Breakfast-Club characters lead.
McManus does a great job at having the reader skeptical of all of her characters. The more I read, the more I wondered how deep these secrets and lies went. How far does innocence reach? Is redemption possible? Is this person actually harmful? I took every character with a grain of salt: The brain, the criminal, the jock, and the princess. They all come with highs and lows, and they are all damaged, but they do make interested characters to dig a little deeper into.
If you’re a fan of The Breakfast Club, Pretty Little Liars, and Clue, then this one needs to be on your reading list.
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.