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review 2018-06-11 14:46
Compelling Read, Think that Author Chose a Softer Ending Which Didn't Work
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Oh the majority of this book was so freaking good! I loved the description of this being "The Breakfast Club Meets Pretty Little Liars." The ending though ruined what came before (IMHO). I think that the author wanted things wrapped up neatly with HEAs, it just didn't make much sense since this whole book had a kind of dark comedy aspect to it at times. I loved all of the characters, the writing, the flow, etc. 

 

"One of Us is Lying" is about four high schoolers (Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper) who witness one of their fellow classmates (Simon) die from an allergic reaction. Things become tense around school though when it appears based on anonymous social media postings that one of the four that were in the room had reasons for wanting Simon dead. When the police and news media descend on the teens, they end up trying to figure out who wanted Simon dead and how they managed to do it. 

 

What I thought was cleverly done is that McManus has these teen archetypes in this book. Bronwyn is the brain, Addy is the attractive popular girl, Nate is a criminal, and Cooper is a star athlete.  McManus slowly reveals each of these characters and why they had a secret that they would have been willing to kill Simon from revealing.

 

I did think though that due to the abundance of characters, that not everyone got equal weight in this story. My favorite character was honestly Addy. Her story-line was ridiculously good. I don't want to reveal too much, but Addy and her sister were pretty kick-ass in throughout this book. Too bad we probably will never get a sequel to this book starring these same characters. 


I have to say though I did despise Simon. We find out that he was a gossip and had a blog where he revealed secrets about everyone in his high school. I likened him to a younger Perez Hilton a few times. Simon is nasty and I am glad that some of the characters called out the hypocrisy of anyone out there trying to cry that Simon was a good kid. 

I did find it very realistic though for the police and others to be watching/reading social media and to take their cues from it. The characters in the book a few times even acknowledged how the media at one point is ready to attack them all and the next day cries out about abuse of power by the police. 

 

The writing was very good and McManus manages to ensure that all four characters have a distinct voice from each other. 


I loved the setting of a high school with everyone being on the top of the suspect list. I was enjoying reading and wondering who did it and why. 

 

I didn't like the ending though. It seemed way too far-fetched and I actually had to go back and re-read some things. 

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text 2018-06-09 17:22
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Really good, I loved the final solution, but thought the ending with only showing one of the characters ending was a bit disappointing. I wish we got an epilogue with all of them.

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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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