One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

eBook - 2017
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"Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club" ( in this "flat-out addictive" (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

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.
And don't miss the sequel, One of Us is Next!
Praise for One of Us Is Lying

An Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection
A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection
A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
A Bustle Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—Bustle
"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush
"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian

"This is no ordinary whodunit...surprising and relevant."—USA Today
"An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller."—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders

"[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." —VOYA, Starred Review
Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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Apr 01, 2020

The basic plot is about a murder of a boy when he is in detention with four other students who police see as suspects for the murder. Four of them have different lifestyles and different back stories which are too good. With a bit of high school romance and thrilling narration this book deserves a read. Special appreciation must be given to author for the last 30 pages of the thrilling narration. Even though most of the story is predictable as I said it deserves a read. A book similar to this one is We Were Liars.

Apr 01, 2020

I normally do not like reading mysteries, but this was enjoyable. I loved that it was told from different point of views from each of the suspects. You see how each person is changed from the experience. The story has many turns and many secrets that are brought to the surface.

Mar 22, 2020

The mystery as to the killer of Simon Kelleher is thrilling! The end result is truly surprising

JCLChrisK Mar 14, 2020

A real page-turner with a strong cast of real, relatable characters. For appeal and popularity, this gets all the stars. I never wanted to put it down.

sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Audiobook narration: 10/10
I listened to this on audiobook, and it was engaging enough that I wanted to just sit and listen at times without doing anything else. I cruised through the whole thing in three days. It was fast, fun, and engaging!

Chapel_Hill_KatZ Jan 08, 2020

I am not a huge murder mystery fan, but THIS BOOK. I couldn't put it down. The twists and turns were so good, and I honestly didn't see most of them coming. The suspense was great, the different characters and their growth through their trauma was awesome, and I spent the entire book trying to figure out which one of them was lying. Definitely going to read more by this author!

Dec 24, 2019

Amazingly well-written mystery that had me hooked until the very end. I especially enjoyed the 4 different storylines and developed characteres that each came together to solve the case in different ways.

Dec 07, 2019

I loooved this book. it was amazing, and the mystery was actually a mystery until almost the end, unlike some others.

Nov 20, 2019

Book #1

Oct 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! One of us it lying is a mysterious fiction novel. It resembles the story of pretty little liars. Five high school students are left in detention. But when detention is over only four students come out. A boy is discovered dead, and an investigation is opened about his mystery death. I enjoyed this novel because during every chapter the reader would get clues on who could have killed this boy, but by the end of the book it’s a total twist. I’ve only heard about this book when the second book came out, but once I read it I couldn’t put it down. This book is definitely one you can read for a break from school, or even a school novel study. Rating: 5/5
@momo of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, is a book about 5 students who are opposites, Brownyn, the brains, Addy, the popular girl, Cooper, the athlete, Nate, the criminal, and Simon, the gossip. These five receive detention due to them being caught with their phones during class. As they are in detention, Simon goes to drink water but receives an allergic reaction, he then dies shortly after. Following the death, it is ruled as a possible murder. The twist, Simon had gossip on all four of the kids in detention, giving them the perfect motive to kill. So, with each one of these four students becoming suspects, who could it really be? One of Us is Lying is a great read and is one of my favourites! it includes MANY subplots and really shows the development of these characters over time from the beginning to the end. I absolutely recommend this book if you like mysteries/thrillers and slow-paced novels with several details and development! I give this book a 5/5. Everyone should get their hands on this book and read it!
@CreativityReader of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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Jan 03, 2019

''I'm the omniscient narrator."

May 24, 2018

This debut novel follows four high school students thrown together in detention with the creator of their school's gossip app.


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