ONE OF US IS LYING By Karen M. McManus


Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. He died on a Monday. But that Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high profile classmates. Now, all four of them are suspects in his murder. Are they guilty? Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

They all have a motive. They all have something to hide. They all have a history with Simon. And one of them is definitely lying.


I have to be honest and say at first I wasn’t sure of this book as it’s more of a YA read, and I tend to go for more crime drama. However after I had read the first couple of chapters I was hooked. It sort of reminded me of the Netflix series Riverdale or programmes similar to that.

Simon is Dead, and there were only four other people in the room at the time of his death. Addy who is dating the controlling Jake, Bronwyn the very clever straight A student who never breaks rules, Nate the criminal, petty drug dealer, already on probation, who lives in a rough part of town with an alcoholic dad and dead mum, and Cooper the sports Jock, all star baseball pitcher, who is pushed by his dad to excel at sport in the hope of getting the best scholarship and a chance to play for the professionals. Each of these students have a secret.

Simon is an outcast and is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app, telling people’s secrets, but do one of these students have a secret big enough to kill for? Did Simon kill himself to frame the others? Could someone else have had access to the room to kill Simon? Monday afternoon all five students at Bayview High walk into detention. How did all of them end up in that classroom together? Who orchestrated that.

The story is told in parts by each character, I really enjoyed this read, each character is different, they have different flaws, and you are going from one to the other trying to guess which one killed Simon if any of them did. This is a well written book that has you turning the pages as fast as you can to see what secret comes out next. I did guess a couple of them.

I would actually give this book five stars out of five because despite it being a book I would not normally read it was brilliant.


Karen M McManus would write books when she was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. She is a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.

When not writing or working, she loves to travel, and along with her son she has ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, she holds a bachelors degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which she has never used professionally.

One of us is Lying is her debut novel.

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