"One Of Us Is Lying" By Karen M. McManus : Book Review By Nishat Ahmed

OVERVIEW: 5 students walk into detention, but only 4 of them walk out. A jock, a princess, a bad boy, a nerd - who’s to blame for the death of Simon? 

REVIEW: This is actually the best book I’ve read in a very long time. It’s The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. High school drama with suspense, murder and suspicion. From the very first page, you’re drawn into the plays of high school. The social hierarchy.

 Simon dies due to an allergic reaction to peanuts - peanut oil was found on his cup of water. But who knew about his allergic reaction? And who had a motive? It seems at first everyone has a motive as everyone has a secret, they’d do anything to stay hidden. There’s always secrets that should stay hidden and someone didn’t want theirs to be discovered. And the shocker is, it’s someone who yes had motive, but someone you’d not even expect. Someone that wasn’t even in the detention room with Simon.  

You have Bronwyn, who is the brains; Yale-bound and not one to break rules. Addy, the cheerleader, who is bound to be homecoming princess. Nate; the criminal, the bad boy of the school who is already on probation. He can’t afford another mess up. Cooper, the all-star baseball pitcher, who is dating Addy’s friend. Lastly, Simon. Owner of the notorious gossip app that shares all the secrets of Bayview High’s students. They claim they were framed and did not deserve to be in detention. And if they were framed… who framed them? Why did this person want all five students together in one room?  

Throughout the investigation, the kids from detention grow closer and you almost don’t want it to be any of them. It keeps you guessing, keeps you on your toes and has you flying accusations left right and centre. Everyone is a suspect; but who had more to lose? You soon start to put the pieces together and what I love about this book, is that it does this subtly. You don’t realise it but, in your head, you already know who the suspect is; the potential killer. It becomes more and more apparent, and we come to figure out what his reasons were behind this cunning plan. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a book you’d not want to put down.  

RATING: 9.4/10