One of Us is Lying

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Karen M. McManus
Sep 5, 2021

One of Us is Lying opens with the death of Simon, a high school student and the creator of a gossip app, a day before he had planned to expose the carefully-guarded secrets of four other students: Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate. Only, the four students in the detention room when he was poisoned were just those: Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate. When the “Bayview Four” are declared suspects in Simon’s murder, all four of them claim they’re innocent—but which one of them is lying?

I have always loved mysteries because I like trying to solve them myself, but I loved One of Us is Lying even more because it caught me off guard! The novel is told from multiple points of view, so the reader is omniscient and receives a more-or-less objective perspective while also experiencing the thoughts and emotions of the narrators. It is very obvious from the start that the “Bayview Four” are very different people that would not normally be friends with each other; the only thing tying them together is the investigation of Simon’s death. However, readers watch as they work together to solve the mystery, and it is uplifting to be able to see them slowly grow closer to each other over the course of the novel. One of Us is Lying is really suitable for just about any teen, and it will constantly keep you engaged and anxious to catch the culprit!

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