Odd ramblings of an obsessed reader

Book Reviews

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


One of Us is Lying has a brilliantly thought-out, well-planned storyline. Every one of the protagonists are under suspicion and my theories followed wherever Ms. McManus led. At one point or another, I thought they were all guilty.

I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.

There are a lot of characters in this story, not only the individual POV’s of the multiple main characters but also the numerous secondary characters, including the siblings who got involved in the investigation,  which I found confusing and resulted in me paging back and forth to work out who fits in where.

You’re all walking teen-movie stereotypes.

The twists are very clever and the final outcome unpredictable, but I don’t think the story has enough depth. It lacks the intense, dark, formidable atmosphere I was hoping for and which would have taken the book to the next level.

I want to kiss her more than I want air.

As a huge The Breakfast Club fan I am sad that One of US is Lying has been compared to this movie by the publishers. Yes, there are a handful of stereotypical characters in detention, but that is where the comparison ends.

Things’ll get worse before they get better.

Did anyone else pick up Bronwyn’s ability to read Nate’s iPod playlist without her glasses?

4 Star




Title: One of Us Is LyingOne of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publication Date: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: Purchased


Purchase this book 



Book Depository


Add to your shelf:


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.  -Abstract from Goodreads.com



  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I really enjoyed this book, but I do agree about the depth. It would have been definitely a five star otherwise. Still, quite enjoyable and I flew through it. Glad you enjoyed it too, great review!

  2. Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

    Honestly, I immediately thought of The Breakfast Club while reading the tagline. Glad to know that the comparison ends there.

    Sounds like a fun read, glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  3. Sophie

    Ha no I did not pick this ability😉 Excellent review. I loved this book!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: