One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus Review


Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I don’t usually read mystery books, and after finishing One of Us is Lying, I think I’m gonna need to remedy that because holy shit I loved this.

What It’s About

So five students go into detention, and only four of them come out alive. Wild, right? It gets even wilder when you find out that the kid who was murdered – Simon – was going to post a juicy secret about each one of his classmates, all of who were in that detention room with Simon.


The Characters

We have Bronwyn, our geek; Nate, our criminal; Addy, our homecoming princess; and we have Cooper, the school baseball star. Each have a secret they would do anything to protect, a secret that Simon somehow discovered, so they therefore each have a motive for murder. I loved how we were gradually given tidbits of information about each of the characters – definitely none of the dreaded info dump here.


Another thing that I loved was how I went through a spell of suspecting every single character, whether they be on of the main group or a secondary character. I did manage to partially guess who did it before the ending, but even when there was a big reveal it still shook me to the core.

The Verdict

This is another book I can add to my “Why Didn’t I Read This Book Earlier?!” list. Like, seriously, this has been on my radar since it came out and I’ve just totally ignored it and I could honestly punch myself in the face.