Wednesday, 21 February 2018

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A whirlwind that kept me off balance and guessing.

Five seniors are caught with cell phones in class and meet at after school detention.  Within minutes, one of them is dying from an anaphylactic reaction.  Soon the police and a very public media descend to investigate who is the perpetrator of this evil act.

Why would anyone want to kill Simon who had been their class mate for years.  Perhaps it was that gossip app, About That, that he created and used to spread juicy rumours about his school mates.  Each of the other four present had huge secrets that could pose dire consequences for them if Simon were to make his next post public.

This book was amazing.  I was hooked from the opening pages and did not want to put it down.  Details about the four suspects, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper, were carefully released.  I found myself continually re-assessing my thoughts on who might be guilty.  About midway through the story, I thought I had it, but still had to determine the why and how.  Not that I didn't keep second guessing myself.

This is a well written debut novel.  The situation and the students felt real.  It had me calling aloud to them and urging them on in their investigations.  I give it top marks and would gladly recommend it to teen and young adult readers.  I eagerly look forward to Ms. McManus' next novel.

I received and advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.


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