Book Reviews

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of a bell ringing, followed by someone chanting ‘shame, shame, shame’ because I got myself stuck in a YA murder mystery fiction novel. Look, I’ve read a timeless classic (Fahrenheit 451) and a hugely loved novel (Where the Crawdads Sing) in the space of a few months, so allow me some trash to reset myself, okay?

One of Us Is Lying is described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, and it’s more than a fair comparison in my opinion. A group of teens find themselves in detention together in an unusual circumstance, and one of them dies there. The nature of their death is suspicious and foul play is suspected, but which of them did it?

It would make an excellent Netflix TV show for sure. I can’t help but compare it to 13 Reasons Why and look at the success that show had. I could actually cast the 13RW actors for this group in my head whilst reading. They’re an interesting group of characters and how they develop is easily the best thing about the book. You can’t help but root for them all which makes the fact that one of them is probably a murderer all the more unsettling. I didn’t think it was any of them!

One of Us Is Lying is the first book in a series of 3. The sequel, One of Us Is Next is already out, and the final book, One of Us Is Back is due for release in 2023. I can’t bring myself to read the 2nd book yet because it’s far too long of a wait for the final conclusion! Without spoiling anything though I will say that the first book has a satisfying enough conclusion to be perfectly acceptable as a stand-alone novel.

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