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One Of Us Is Lying

Written by Karen M. McManus

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One Of Us Is Lying Review

Featured Books for Young Adults Gritty Reads School Stories Thrillers

Hyper-tense high school whodunit...Everyone has secrets…

Five teens in detention are hit by a storm when one of them of dies. Outsider Simon, creator of the notorious Bayview High gossip app, wryly remarks that they’re all “walking teen-movie stereotypes” and casts himself as the “omniscient narrator” shortly before collapsing to his death. The question is, why was there allergy-inducing peanut oil in Simon’s water? And why were the EpiPens missing from the nurse’s office? His death seems anything but accidental and, since Simon had dirt on pretty much the entire school population, a whole lot of people might have wanted him dead. But when it emerges that he was about to reveal highly damaging secrets about his four co-detainees (we’re talking the kind of secrets that mess-up lives and destroy futures), they’re first in the frame for his murder.

A snappy story of cover-ups, lies and unraveling lives unfolds amidst a hotbed of suspicion and the personal plights of the accused teenagers, including two storylines of a romantic nature that truly tug at the heart. Entertainingly addictive, sharply written, with a genuinely jaw-dropping twist, this first-rate thriller exposes the murky morality of social media salaciousness, and questions what lengths a person might go to in order to protect their darkest secrets.

Joanne Owen

One Of Us Is Lying Synopsis

The internationally bestselling YA thriller by acclaimed author, Karen M. McManus - now a major new TV series!

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online.

Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them. 

One Of Us Is Lying Press Reviews

'Tightly plotted and brilliantly written, with sharp, believable characters, this whodunit is utterly irresistible' - Heat

'Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting single-sitting thrillerish treat' - The Guardian

'A fantastic murder mystery, packed with cryptic clues and countless plot twists. I could not put this book down' - The Sun

'Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club' - Entertainment Weekly

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ISBN: 9780241562017
Publication date: 13/01/2022
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141375632
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241562017
Publication date: 13th January 2022
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Gritty Reads, School Stories, Thrillers

About Karen M. McManus

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn't working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son.

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