One of Us is Lying | Book Review


By: Karen M. McManus

Standalone | 361 Pages | Pub. 2017

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One of Us is Lying at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Intrigue: Harriet the Spy level
  • Characters: Serious growth
  • Steaminess: So many ships
  • Brutality: Minimal


The synopsis for this book is exactly on point with the comparisons to The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. I would also add Gossip Girl to that list because Simon was basically Gossip Girl, but everyone knew it was him.

This was a fun, quick read, especially if you are into thrillers, but don’t want another Gone Girl. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that book, but it is a lot on your thoughts and emotions. I didn’t get overly attached to any of the characters in this book and it reads more like a murder mystery than a high-intensity thriller.

“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

Our narrators are four murder suspects, which I love because I adore unreliable narrators. You can blame Poe for that.

The stereotypes are real for these four. We get a nerd, a jock, a princess and a burnout in detention. But all four of them have secrets and therefore reasons for murder.

I liked all of the characters by the end, but they all had too similar of a voice. Yes, they were distinctive in their stereotype so you knew who was talking at all times (nerd wasn’t talking about selling drugs etc..), but their language and speech patterns were all just about the same. This made it difficult for me to get into for the first third of the book. Once I made myself get over that, it was a fun read.

I loved the sister bonding that occurs with Bronwyn, Addy and their respective sisters. Actually, that was my favorite part of the book. The romance was cute, but predictable. But the sister bonding? That truly strengthened the book.

As for the big reveal and finding the murderer? I loved it. I hate to say I saw it from the beginning because I didn’t see the whole thing or all of those moving parts and pieces. Most likely, it was just the ending that I wanted and so I was satisfied.

Have you read One of Us is Lying? Let us know what you thought in the comments!


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17 thoughts on “One of Us is Lying | Book Review

  1. Great review! I did read this one, and I read her last book as well. I will say that I liked the her last book better than this book. The title of this book confused me at the very end and to me it just wasn’t that big of a hype for me.

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  2. Great review! I was so pleasantly surprised by this one! I really wanted to figure it out before they did haha!
    Have you read two can keep a secret? I liked that one even better!


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  3. Great review, I am really excited to read this one! I also love unreliable narrators and Edgar Allan Poe, so this post also just solidified our already solid friendship (don’t ask how that is possible). I love this genre so much but don’t reach it that much, and I am really starved for a breather from SFF. I may have to give this one a go soon.

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