Review of ONE OF US IN LYING by Karen M. McManus
I was on Amazon and saw this cover as I was buying another book. The title stuck in my head so I brought a copy the next time I was shopping. I liked the idea of all these different characters being involved in a murder mystery. I love Cluedo so I wanted to see if I could guess who done it before I finished the book (I did! Yay me!) I love Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars so when the blurb compared the book to those shows I was sold.
Blurb: Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. The perfect high school thriller. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right?What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.
The students mentioned in the blurb are sent to detention but they are all unhappy over reasons why they are there. Simon reminds me of the show Gossip Girl. He finds all the dirt on people and posts it on his popular site so when he dies, it makes you wonder who was desperate to keep his secret? Browyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate are the prime suspects because they actually saw Simon die and as the book goes on you get to see their deepest secrets.
I am always in awe when an author writes from different perspectives and really captures the individual voice. It's really difficult to do and Karen M. McManus does an awesome job. I liked how different all the characters were especially Cooper. His secret was the biggest shock to me and I liked they way it was introduced to the reader. I think everyone including me has dated a Nate before and you can't help but feel for him as you learn his story. I also love how he stands up for himself and others regardless of the consequences. The book deals with a lot of depression and just the darkness that surrounds young people without you even noticing it. Simon's character is so complex and it made me wonder how many young people are just like him? And are hiding behind their phones. Apart from Nate, I think readers will root for Addy. She's popular and pretty but very submissive to her boyfriend. When she starts to become more feisty, independent and finds her voice, you can't help but applaud her.
A great read!