One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Published 30 May 2017 by Delacorte Press
Summary: The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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.”
STOP EVERYTHING THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOK.
I knew right from the summary that this book is going to be my next favourite thing. It had potential to be great and it lived up to my expectations.
Throughout the whole book, I was thinking about who could have done this to Simon and its written so well that I couldn’t figure out who the killer was till the very end. This book was such a thrilling ride. It was so exciting, and I loved that it was told in four different perspectives. It’s always great to be able to see the same scene from different point of views and I think it helps to get into their psych and doing all the guess work. This book is just so addictive. Once things got started it was just extremely hard to stop. I had to force myself to pace through this book because I just didn’t want it to end so quickly.
There are so many interesting twists and turns to the plot that at once point it seemed like everything was figured out, but more angles were explored, more people were pinpointed and suddenly, everything isn’t so clear anymore. I thought personally the secrets that were exposed were kind of mild but when interlinked together, it sort of made sense of those whole situation. It sparks a heavy discussion about our current society, its demands, its prejudice. The entitlement. In a way, the conclusion of the murder case really made me think a lot about the motive and the question remains: was it worth it?
I loved this book. From the characters (and their self discovery and growth!), to the moving plot (when they started to take things into their own hands, that was my favourite!); everything about this book is perfect.
I want this as a Netflix original movie or even a series, kind of like Pretty Little Liars. I mean, why not? Please someone, grant me this wish!