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Book review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Plot – 4
Writing style – 4
Characters – 4.5
Romance – 4

In which five high school students went to the detention together. Minutes later, one of them died. The remaining four became primary suspects of the said murder.

plot – It’s been ages since I last read a mystery novel. The last book was probably And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Queen of Mystery herself.

The thing I love bout reading mysteries is guessing who the killer is and most of the time, it’s the good guy. The least you expect. The wallflower or whatever.

Halfway through the book, I already have a feeling who the suspect is and what really happened to the dead student but no worries since at the end of the day, I still found myself enjoying the book.

What drives me nuts but in the good way was the revelations about the four said suspects. Exciting indeed.

Anyways, in the end, they all got their happy ending so cheers. Or not since it’s not college yet so screw your high school romance.

• writing style – since the very beginning, I was hooked because of the writing style, not really because of the plot, to be honest. It’s one of the good things about the book.

I mean, the writing style feels like the characters were just talking to me which was pretty good since I tend to always get bored.

Usually, I am not really into more than three povs but in this case, I absolutely don’t mind because we get to know the four main characters better. Though, I have to say, that kinda spoils the whole thing that none of them were really the suspect since you have an access to their minds.

characters – interesting enough. All I can say is, I grew fond of them.

Most of the time, when reading high school novels, I tend to hate the queenbee or the jock but boy do I love it here.

Thank God the author pretty much didn’t focused on the mean girls since all I want to do is unravel the mysreries. Also, I only get to read one sucky hogh school party.

romance – cute. Typical high school romance. Too bad you know it won’t last.

Karen M. McManus is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult thriller One of Us Is Lying, which has been translated into 37 languages worldwide. Her second book, Two Can Keep a Secret, will be released in January 2019. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels


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