Monday, March 27, 2017

One of Us is Lying - Karen M McManus

Author                              Karen M McManus
Publication Date             30 May 2017 
Genre                                YA Mystery 
                                           Thriller Romance 

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.

Wow! This happens to be one of the best mystery novel that I have read in a while. The plot, the characters, the pace and the quality of writing are exceptional.

Five students have to do detention for the same offense!

Simon is the school gossip who runs an app where he posts some disturbing material. Many have suffered at his hands.

Addy is the popular girl with the perfect boyfriend.

Bronwyn is the perfect student, heading for Yale.

Nate is the bad boy with a criminal record.

Cooper is the star baseball player, admired by all.

A diverse group with one thing in common. Secrets. They each have a secret which would tarnish their reputation if it ever comes out. Simon goes into an anaphaltic shock and dies. Is it an accident or murder? Of course everyone in the group is a suspect. The police and the press goes to town about the Bayview High "four"! More gossips appear on the social media to make everyone look even more guilty. The other thing is that, this is where they find out who their true friends really are. This unlikely group form their own circle where they can analyse the sequence of events. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the police is convinced that it has to be one of them. Especially when their secrets are revealed. The surprises, twists and turns keep materialising.

This novel kept me on my toes all the way through. I like the relationship between the pair of sisters. The blossoming romance is rather sweet. The unravelling of the mysteries is intriguing and riveting. The big reveal is extremely well orchestrated and brings the story to a terrific climax.

I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. Her debut young adult novel, ONE OF US IS LYING, will be released from Delacorte Press/Random House in 2017, with a second book to follow in 2018.

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