One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus – YA New Book YA F MCM
What’s it about: When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It’s up to them to solve the case.
Andrea Says: Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. The story begins very much like The Breakfast Club in which members from different groups of the student body; the brain, the jock, the princess, the outcast and the criminal meet for after school detention. Among this group is Simon, who belongs to no group and is the creator of the school’s gossip app. By the time the students leave detention Simon is dead. Quickly each of the students become suspects while the book takes turns with each person’s perspective on what happened and their journey to clear their names. The characters become more complex as the story reveals each student’s secrets and motivations for killing Simon. I was pleasantly surprised on how each of these characters evolve from their stereotypical roles at the beginning of the book. Relationships, friendship and betrayal are a result of this evolution, and it was so much fun to read. This book kept me guessing until the very end, and I would definitely recommend this book to mystery and “whodunit” lovers.