Jun 18, 2017

REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus [SPOILERS]





“It’s a great story: four good-looking, high-profile students all being investigated for murder. And nobody’s what they seem..."






This book was amazing. From the moment I read the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued and knew I had to read this book. The inspiration of the 'Breakfast Club' made it even more appealing to me because it was one of my favorite movies and still is.

The premise of this book starts off just as you would remember if you've seen the 'Breakfast Club.' Five students, all from different cliques/social circles (mostly) brought together in detention. You have the 'Jock' Cooper, 'The Brain' Bronwyn, 'The Princess' Addy, the 'Criminal' Nate and the 'Outsider' Simon. There's about where the inspiration from the movie ends more or less.

This story is told from four different character point of views and I thought each POV was told really well. They each not only told a part of the unfolding story but you got to know and understand each of our protagonists as characters and form a connection with them.

As the story begins, we learn that our protagonists don't run in the same social circles (obviously!) but they know each other. They may not be friends but circumstances were about to give them more in common than they would've liked. 

They were all in detention basically because they violated the school rule of having cell-phones when they weren't suppose to (correct me if I'm remembering wrong). The problem though is that they all deny that they indeed belong in detention. That the phones aren't theirs and that it must be someone's idea of a prank. Their teacher however wasn't having it. 

They get momentarily distracted when an accident occurs in the school parking lot and their teacher leaves to check out the situation. Meanwhile, Simon who is unable to find his bottle of water, takes a cup from the classroom and has tap water. 

However, as soon as he has the water, he seems to have an allergic reaction. Weird right? Even weirder, Simon who is allergic to peanuts tries to alert the others to get his Epi-pen but it's nowhere to be found. The teacher returns and sends one of the students to get one from the Nurse's office but all are missing from there too. Things take a turn for the worst when upon arrival at the hospital, Simon dies.

As the story progresses from there, it is concluded that Simon's death wasn't accidental and that someone must've tampered with his water in which traces of peanut oil was found.

Simon was notorious for an app that revealed juicy and mostly accurate gossip about students at the school. Rumors and deeply haboured secrets that no one would want to see the light of day, Simon somehow had all the information and before he died he was about to release damaging information about our four protagonists.

Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy and Nate become the prime suspects in Simon's murder and we're taken along for a ride as we try to figure out which one of them is lying and who had greater motive to want Simon dead.

I'll admit, I really was trying my hardest to find any and every clue that could hint at who the killer was. It was hard because in some way everyone seemed to have motive. Everyone but Nate. So yea, my focus drifted there momentarily. 

As the story went along however, it became pretty clear, fast, that none of them were responsible for it. They couldn't be. I refused to believe it.

My mind twisted and turned as I came up with possible scenarios but kept circling back to the group in detention because the name of the book was 'One of US is Lying' which I deduced had to mean it was someone in that room.

The end is diabolical but I would've loved it even more if it were one of the four who played along till the very end before revealing their true colors and admitting it all.

The reveal though was one that crossed my mind at a point and I thought it all tied up nicely at the end of it all. I was very satisfied with it.

This book had suspense, unlikely friendship, a little romance thrown in and so much more. It was a very engaging read, one I couldn't put down once I started reading. You just needed to know who did it and so you kept reading for the sole purpose of finding out the truth to see if your theories were right and it's a wild ride along the way.  It also touches upon social and mental health issues; sexual orientation and the pressures of coming out for fear of rejection. Suicide and depression are also issues raised in this book, issues that are very prevalent and relevant in society today.


A thoroughly recommended read. 


🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars


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