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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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review 2017-09-24 22:34
One Of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
There has been a lot said about this novel so I will just post my thoughts on the novel. I liked all the secrets that everyone was harboring. It’s not only that they were the only individuals who were in the room when Simon was killed, there are other motivators that make these teens the likely suspect. It’s all the ghosts in the closets that everyone felt they are hiding but in reality, Simon knew. When all the ghosts start showing their faces, a finger could be pointed at any of them. I enjoyed the variety of characters that made up this novel. From the original five who walked into detention that day, to the parents and to the secondary characters who made up this novel, they brought their own personality and flair to the novel.
 
I really enjoyed that the author showed us life outside the investigation. She showed us that there was a life for each of them outside this drama. As they tried to go about their day, the investigation looming over their heads, they still had to function in the real world. Sure, the investigation might have affected them as they moved about their day, but they still had a life to lead and expectations that needed to be followed. The author caught me in her trap, I kept narrowing down my suspects but I couldn’t find the evidence that I needed to tie it all together. Then came the big reveal and I started to talk to the novel, placing the pieces where they needed to go. I really enjoyed this novel and can see why everyone is talking about it.

 

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text 2017-09-19 14:35
Reading progress update: I've read 65%.
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

When I heard that this was basically The Breakfast Club with a criminal twist I couldn't wait to read it. It's the story of five high school kids that go into detention together and only four come out alive. It's intriging and holding my attention well, although it's not quite as addictive as I'd hoped.

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