One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus | Book Review

If you’ve read my new years resolutions post, then you’ll know one of my resolutions was to start reading more; while I’ve only managed to read one book in January (partially because I was busy with school, but also because my local library is slow beyond belief), I figured I’d review it anyway because I loved it so much and so many people haven’t read this – which is totally beyond me, it’s REALLY good.  Better than I expected it to be.

All images are from Goodreads. 

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It only took me two days to finish reading One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and I’m a fast reader – the reason I didn’t swallow it all in one sitting is simply because the first quarter of the book was a little bit slow paced; there was a lot of focus on what seemed to me slightly pointless waffle, when really what I wanted was to get to the nitty gritty murder mystery point of the book.  If you didn’t know, it’s about a boy who dies in detention with four other students; he was the creator of About That, Bayview High’s notorious gossip website and was going to post something big about each of the students he was in detention with, giving each of them a motive to kill him.  The book unfolds the real culprits behind his death and I think you learn a lot about Simon, even though he isn’t there to tell you; I quite enjoyed the fact that we really didn’t know him as a character, because his death was right at the start of the book – you really had to read on and find out from the other characters what he was like.

I think the murder mystery element of it was done really well, I expected it to be somewhat nondescript and a bit lacking, but it definitely wasn’t and I was hooked right until the end when we found out who was behind Simon’s death, and the characters who orchestrated everything once he’d gone (I’m really trying my hardest not to give away any spoilers here – it’s so hard!  How on earth do you book bloggers do it?!).  The murder mystery element worked really seamlessly with the multiple POV thing, it was written very well and I never lost track of who was talking at once; sometimes the whole Cooper baseball thing was lost on me (i’m from the UK, very very much a hater of sports, and as far as I’m aware we don’t do baseball over here) but it wasn’t a plotline I found too tedious.

Did I like the characters?

I loved all the characters!  I liked how McManus played on the stereotypical high school students, but managed to make them relatable and not boring.  The representation was really good too.  I didn’t have a favourite character (I suppose I liked Bronwyn the best, but Cooper and Addy were up there too and so was Nate!) but I did love that the families of the main characters were involved; Bronwyn’s sister, Addy’s sister, Nate’s mum and Cooper’s Nonny all have a place in my heart (especially Nonny – she was amazing!).

Overall, I’d give this book a 5/5 rating and I really think everyone should read it; it’s something that I can see almost anyone enjoying, as the multiple POVs make it really interesting for anyone.  The murder mystery isn’t cringey, and I found myself getting super passionate towards the end as it unfolded as to who had really done it!

Soph xx



  1. February 3, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I love everything about this book. Even the romance. 🙂 Did you guess the twist? I didn’t. 🙂

    • February 3, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      I definitely didn’t! It came as quite the shock which only added to my enjoyment😊

  2. February 3, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    OMG!! I just read this a few weeks ago and I was mesmerized because I didn’t see it coming at all. All those secrets and that everyone has something they don’t tell anyone and that they proved that there is more to them. I loved it!! If you read any books like that please tell me because everything else I read is pretty bad in comparison and I need another good book to get into!! xx Any recommendations?

    • February 3, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      I really loved it!! If you like books like this I’d recommend Anne Cassidy, she does some really good YA thrillers that I enjoyed! Check out my goodreads to see my other recommendations✨❤️

      • February 3, 2018 / 9:29 pm

        Kk will do thx so much !! what does YA mean? You mentioned YA comedies? xxx

        • February 3, 2018 / 11:13 pm

          YA stands for young adult as a genre of books x

  3. February 3, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    all of my friends have been loving this book – I really need to read it❤️! thanks for sharing x

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:13 pm

      It’s really great, you’d love it!💗

  4. February 4, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    I saw this in the bookstore the last time I went but picked up another book instead…definitely going to buy this now though! Thanks for the review x

    • February 4, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      You really should, it’s a great read😊

  5. thecourtneeyeve
    February 4, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    I’m currently reading Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, but I think this might be the next book I’ll read!! Definitely wanna give new genre’s a read this year! Thank you for your review! x

    • February 4, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      This one is really good! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it

  6. February 4, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I read this in December and LOVED it! I am now reading Big Little Lies which is also super gripping so recommend if you are looking for something to follow 🙂 x

    • February 4, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      I’ll definitely check it out! X

  7. February 20, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Did you know they’re thinking of turning it into a TV series? Loved the book so would be so excited to see it played out on tv! Also, I agree with what you said about Simon’s character! I think it was smart to kill him off at the beginning so the readers don’t really feel anything towards him, but rather learn who he is from the other characters’ povs. 🙂 x

    • February 21, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Oh wow I didn’t know that!! I’ll be excited to watch it. Yeah, I think it could’ve been easier to guess perhaps had we known Simon longer than the first few pages.😊xx

  8. April 29, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing. And yes the characters were all appealing and had their own naunces.

  9. August 2, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I literally clicked on this review hoping you liked this book as much as I did! You made a great analysis of the book, and agree with everything you said. xxx

    Melina |

    • Love, Soph
      August 6, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      It was such a good book! I may have to read it again this summer I enjoyed it so much!

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