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review 2018-03-01 08:04
One of us is lying von Karen McManus
One of us is lying - Karen M. McManus,An... One of us is lying - Karen M. McManus,Anja Galić

Worum geht es und wie war es?

 

5 Jugendliche begegnen sich beim Nachsitzen und am Ende ist einer tot. So ungefähr könnte die Inhaltsangabe für dieses Buchdebüt von Karen McManus lauten. Aber ich will mal nicht so sein."One of us is lying" ist ein bisschen umfangreicher. Die Protagonisten sind Bronwyn, die immer Bestnoten schreibt, Addy, die ohne ihren Football-Freund keinen Schritt machen kann, Nate, der ständig schwänzt und schon wegen Driogenhandels vorbestraft ist, Cooper, der gefeierte Baseball-Star und Simon, der gern dazugehören würde und eine App betreibt, auf der er die Geheimnisse seiner Mitschüler an der Bayview Highschool preisgibt. alle müssen an einem Nachmittag nachsitzen und werden unfreiwillig Zeuge davon, wie ihr Mitschüler Simon qualvoll erstickt. Aber die Umstände sind mysteriös, die Polizei nimmt Ermittlungen auf und plötzlich beginnt eine Hexenjagd, bei der die 4 Schüler versuchen, ihre eigenen Geheimnisse zu wahren. 

 

Ich bin durch Zufall auf dieses buch aufmerksam geworden und dachte, ach, was solls, einfach mal die Leseprobe besorgen und für den geringen Preis kann ich es mir ja dann überlegen... da gab es nicht viel zu überlegen, ich habe "One of us is lying" regelrecht verschlungen. Die Autorin hat es geschafft, dass ich unbedingt wissen wollte, wer es war und auch, was die Geheimnisse sind. Es gab immer wieder eine neue Wendung, die nicht einfach vorherzusehen war. Manches schon, aber auch das war kein Problem. Ich bin sonst auch kein freund von "Ich-Erzählern", aber hier war es super, dass die Geschichte immer aus der Perspektive von Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper oder Addy erzählt wurde. Dadurch wurde richtig Fahrt aufgenommen. und ja, natürlich sind es irgendwie Highschool-Probleme, aber manchmal liebe ich solche Sachen. Wer Lust auf ein gut geschriebenes Jugendbuch hat, mit einem Plot zum Eintauchen und Grübeln, der ist hier genau richtig. 

Von mir gibt es 5 von 5 Sternen und eine klare Leseempfehlung!!!!

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review 2018-02-08 09:39
#10 - One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

Pretty damn exciting, right?! I’ve seen this book everywhere and after reading the synopsis, I definitely wanted to read it. I bought the audiobook with my credit of the month on Audible. 

It took me ages to listen to this, because I only listen to audiobook in the car (and sometimes I'd rather listen to music), or while doing the dishes and stuff like that, but I don't spend a lot of time on it, except when I'm really captivated, which was not the case here. I enjoyed the story but I had difficulty staying focused while listening to it. 

The four main characters are clichés: the bad guy, the smart girl, the pretty popular girl and the baseball star. I think it was intentional but it was a problem with me because it made them too shallow in my opinion. 

Still, this book was full of twists, many things were a big surprise for me as I did not see them coming. Other things were easy to figure out, but that’s also part of the fun. 

It was a bit darker than I expected, the ending was pretty harsh. But I liked it. 

All in all, it was an enjoyable read, it just did not blow my mind as I expected.

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review 2017-10-08 15:28
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

I finally managed to finish this! I enjoyed it, but it wasn't amasing. It was about a bunch of teenagers who are in detention together and one doesn't make it out alive. Sounds like a play on The Breakfast Club and it is, with a thriller twist added.

 

The characterisation was good, but not outstanding. The plot itself was interesting and kept me reading, but it felt as if it meandered a lot of the time, going around and around in circles. A lot of the novel was basically the kids from detention discussing who the murderer could be.

 

What bumped it up to three stars was finding out who the instigator of the murder was, something I didn't expect at all.

 

An easy read that was okay, but nothing that breaks the mold. The synopsis sounds a lot better than the actual execution.

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text 2017-10-08 00:08
Reading progress update: I've read 92%.
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Finally, finally I'm getting to finish this off! I had to wait weeks to get back to it because everytime I read it I was getting headaches. The suspense was hell! I finally know who was behind the murder anyway, which was a complete surprise. I'm too tired to read anymore today, but I'll finish up tomorrow. I wonder if there'll be another twist!?

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-26 16:58
One of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High end up in detention together. None of them are friends and they're all completely different from one another. Bronwyn is the smart girl, over-achiever and she never breaks a rule. Addy is the pretty girl and homecoming princess, and she has the hottest boyfriend at Bayview. Cooper is the athlete and an all-star pitcher. Nate is the criminal who is on probation for dealing drugs. And Simon is the social outcast and creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Simon has posted some very juicy stuff on that app and has hurt a lot of people in the process. He never makes it out of that classroom alive. According to investigators Simon had planned to reveal something major about each of the four people in that classroom the day after he died. So those four students are suspects in his murder.

This was a compulsive read. It was well-written, suspenseful (who killed Simon?!) and had a diverse group of people who all had one thing in common - they have secrets. These characters have a lot of depth. We get a glimpse of them before Simon dies, but then we follow them from school to home to the police station and we see how scared they are, how they're trying to "be normal", we see their families. I thought this book was clever and I loved it!

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