One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of us is Lying

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

A sex tape. A pregnancy scare- Two cheating scandals. And that’s just this week’s update.


On Thursday 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 Thursday, he died. But on Friday, 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 just 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.


I read this book in one sitting because I really, really needed to find out which one of them killed Simon.

There were only sic people in the room, one of whom is dead. Your teacher left for a long period of time. The four of you who remained with Simon all had reasons for wanting to keep him quiet.

The characters were great, particularly our main characters. Because they all have a motive and I somehow could believe they would have killed him to keep their secrets. But the more I got to know them, the more I liked them and the more I wanted them to be innocent. But one of them had to have killed Simon, right?

We have Bronwyn, who is a straight-A student headed for an ivy league college and who seems really stuck up. At least I thought so at first. But she’s also sweet, determined and unstoppable when she puts her mind to something.

Then there’s Cooper, baseball star, future homecoming prince and overall golden boy. Is he too perfect to be true? How far would he go to protect his image.

Addy is mostly known as the girlfriend of Jake. Not much of a thinker or an independent person, she’ll do anything Jake tells her. Except it turns out she’s not such a doormat after all.

Nate’s the bad boy, a drug dealer with a broken home life. It seems a bit too obvious that he’d kill Simon but… who knows, right?

I wonder if she ever thinks I might be the one behind all this. She must, because I think it about her sometimes. But in an evil-genius, cartoon-villain sort of way. Now that she’s standing in front of me with cute shoes and a tentative smile, it seems impossible.

I loved the constellations, the evolving relationships and the mystery of it all.


A suspenseful mystery full of fascinating characters.


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