One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

eBook - 2017
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club" (EW.com) in this "flat-out addictive" (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.


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.
And don't miss the sequel, One of Us is Next!
Praise for One of Us Is Lying

An EW.com Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection
A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection
A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
A Bustle Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—Bustle
"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush
"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian

"This is no ordinary whodunit...surprising and relevant."—USA Today
"An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller."—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders

"[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." —VOYA, Starred Review
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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Chapel_Hill_KatZ Jan 08, 2020

I am not a huge murder mystery fan, but THIS BOOK. I couldn't put it down. The twists and turns were so good, and I honestly didn't see most of them coming. The suspense was great, the different characters and their growth through their trauma was awesome, and I spent the entire book trying to figure out which one of them was lying. Definitely going to read more by this author!

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abbyk_0
Dec 24, 2019

Amazingly well-written mystery that had me hooked until the very end. I especially enjoyed the 4 different storylines and developed characteres that each came together to solve the case in different ways.

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HaleyJSmith
Dec 07, 2019

I loooved this book. it was amazing, and the mystery was actually a mystery until almost the end, unlike some others.

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JannaFitton
Nov 20, 2019

Book #1

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 12, 2019

One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, is a book about 5 students who are opposites, Brownyn, the brains, Addy, the popular girl, Cooper, the athlete, Nate, the criminal, and Simon, the gossip. These five receive detention due to them being caught with their phones during class. As they are in detention, Simon goes to drink water but receives an allergic reaction, he then dies shortly after. Following the death, it is ruled as a possible murder. The twist, Simon had gossip on all four of the kids in detention, giving them the perfect motive to kill. So, with each one of these four students becoming suspects, who could it really be? One of Us is Lying is a great read and is one of my favourites! it includes MANY subplots and really shows the development of these characters over time from the beginning to the end. I absolutely recommend this book if you like mysteries/thrillers and slow-paced novels with several details and development! I give this book a 5/5. Everyone should get their hands on this book and read it!
@CreativityReader of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Dee_BPL
Sep 23, 2019

When it was suggested that I start reading more Young Adult novels to enhance my reader's advisory skills - I had my fingers crossed that it wasn't going to be like going back to HS again where I was forced to read a few books that didn't suit my tastes...BUT I LOVED THIS BOOK! It has mystery, intrigue, hidden motives and it reminds us that we are not always what we seem to the outside world. As a Breakfast Club fan from the 80's...I highly recommend this book for middle school and up!

cmlibrary_jcurrie Sep 12, 2019

I loved this book! Four different characters tell the story of a classmate's death during afternoon detention. These same four characters are the prime suspects in their classmate's murder. The story follows the kids as they try to find out who killed their fellow student.

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DanalexaDC
Aug 30, 2019

I can definitely say that this book was interesting and mysterious. It had four different perspectives from different people and that just made this book even better. It was also full off twists and i can definitely say that that just made you want to keep readings.

K_ROK Jul 16, 2019

A Breakfast Club whodunit - basically describes this book in a nutshell. Fast read and entertaining.

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carlaccoon
Jul 07, 2019

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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Sexual Content: sex

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Violence: Abuse

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Coarse Language: Swearing

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''I'm the omniscient narrator."

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May 24, 2018

This debut novel follows four high school students thrown together in detention with the creator of their school's gossip app.

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