One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Main Characters

  • Bronwyn
  • Addy
  • Nate
  • Cooper

Publisher’s Summary

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.

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My Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I am not sure why I thought “One of Us is Lying” would fall under my psychological thriller genre books. I am sorry to disappoint, but it’s just high school drama. I was expecting something like “The Girl on the Train” and “Verity” kind of thrill.

The switch from romance to the psychological thriller genre it’s not hitting like it used to unless I’m choosing the wrong ones. It’s not a bad book, it wasn’t the kind of thrill I needed.

I will recommend it to young adults but if you would like to watch the story unfold you can watch “One of Us is Lying” on the streaming platform Peacock.

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I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth

― Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying

I have to figure out a way to live with that, and it won’t be by not forgiving other people’s mistakes

― Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying

No matter how awful the rest of my life is, my hair still manages to look good

― Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying