One of Us is Lying, K. M. McManus (ed. Penguin)
Page number: 358
Release date: June 2017
Themes: Young Adult – Thriller – Mystery – Lies – High School – Murder – Investigation
FIVE STUDENTS WALK INTO 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.
This book was on my wish-list for a long time, but I never have the courage to buy and read it. The main problem was that the characters book very stereotypical so I was not sure. I would have made a terrible mistake if I had not bought it. Indeed it is hard to put it down. This book is divided into three parts which are set up in chronological order. Also, the lack of the flashback devices eases the read.
In this book, we have an eclectic group of four who are joined by a murder in a high school: a princess, a jock, a nerd and a bad boy. The central theme is the lie as they are suspected, and apparently, they hid element to protect themselves to the police who wanted to know who commit the crime. Despite the stereotypical protagonists, the lie is the part that makes the book intriguing and gripping. In fact, during all of the story have the viewpoint of all the characters. As a result, we can read their reactions and their thoughts. Nevertheless, even if we learn more about them, it is hard to know who lies and who tell the truth especially since the police bring out indisputable facts against them. For this reason, the tension is high throughout all the book. Undoubtedly, relationships change after many revelations, for example, friends become enemies or a new friend that was not expected.
Each character reacts in its way to this event. Due to the revelation made by the police everything change, and some of these change help the main characters to evolve in a right way, for instance, the bad boy stops to be a drug dealer and the princess of the school impose herself since she broke with her boyfriend. Consequently, the clichéd teens from the beginning become more unique. The odd fact of this book was the sad feeling when Simon died at the start of the book since we do not know him very well.
Conclusion: This book is one of the best I read this year. We have a disturbing feeling owing to the lie, the revelations and the unpredictable end.