Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publication Date: June 2017 (This Edition)
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I have quite literally just finished this book and felt that a review was needed on it asap. I enjoyed this book, I liked the characters and their personal development as well as their development as a group and I really enjoyed the structure of the narrative, with each character having their own narration. In the end it wasn’t what I expected, which was an all-mighty, breathtaking revelation but it didn’t detract away from the story itself and it actually reminded me loosely of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ in the end, just not as jaw-dropping. At the end of the day, is there anyone who truly matches the Great Christie?
Each of the four main characters were interesting and strong in their own stories; none of them needed any of the other characters to make them more interesting although the budding relationship between two of them did spice the story up a bit. This book made me connect with each of them on different levels and it also showed how harsh high school can really be. The struggles each of them are going through, aside from the murder investigation, are certainly relatable in today’s society, from the pressure of living up to parent’s expectations, to choosing the wrong path in life, each character has something that every reader can relate to.
The ending was good but just not unexpected by the time you come to the conclusion of the book, simply because you get to know the characters so well in the end. The writer chooses to tie the entire book up neatly in a bow which, even though it left me completely happy and satisfied, detracted from the realism that the book was trying to convey with its realistic portrayal of high school and friendship groups. In all, it was a very enjoyable book and, even though I don’t think it lives up to the hype of being an amazing book filled with twists and turns, it is a nice easy read.