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One Of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus


This is a fantastic, juicy, intricate murder mystery that will keep you on your toes the whole time – trust no one.

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Recommended Age Level: 14+


Rating: 4.8/5


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.

A Review

I loved this mystery! The detective work involved in the story was so much fun to follow, and as you got to know and love each of the characters, it becomes more and more difficult to picture them as murderers. I was fully invested in each person's unique story and struggles, and the constant twisting and turning of the plot and the evidence in the case made me nervous that something, somewhere, was going to go really wrong. While all of the characters' tales are different, they all have a theme of what it means to have to uphold an image and how tricky that can be. So, what do you think? Can you solve the mystery?

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