One Of Us Is Lying Paperback – Import, 29 May 2017
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- Publisher : Penguin (General UK); 1st edition (29 May 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141375639
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141375632
- Reading age : 12 - 15 years
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
A fantastic murder mystery, packed with cryptic clues and countless plot twists. I could not put this book down ― Sun
Easily the YA thriller of the year ― Entertainment Weekly
Tightly plotted and brilliantly written, with sharp, believable characters, this whodunit is utterly irresistible ― Heat
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MEET THE SUSPECTS... THEY ALL HAD A SECRET. WOULD THEY KILL TO KEEP IT?
Addy is madly in love with her boyfriend Jake but she still hasn't told him that she cheated on him. Addy is desperate to keep her secret!
Cooper is a rising star in baseball but his personal life may hold a secret that he worries is incompatible with his 'jock' status.
Bronwyn is the straight A student who wants to get into the Ivy League at any cost ... even cheating.
Nate is the bad boy. But his early life has been tough. He's currently on probation for drug dealing but has he really abandoned his criminal activities?
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Four students; Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate are in detention. Also, there is Simon, the owner of the school gossip app that makes the lives of the students at Bayview High a living hell. When detention ends, Simon is dead, and the novel examines which of the remaining 4, if any of them, had the opportunity, means and motive to kill him.
I admit the beginning was confusing for me. Moving from character to character, each of the four written in the first person was complicated, particularly as separating which character was which was quite hard until they established themselves.
I'd figure the who out by the 50% mark of the story, but the how had me stumped right up until the end.
This book was a real roller coaster! You think you know what's going to happen and sometimes you might be right but then SLAM! WHAT???!!!
Go in cold, ride out the first couple chapters which are a little slow setting up the story. After that strap yourself in for the ride of your life!
The characters and their stories were relatable. I was rooting for each of them and holding my breath at each turn.
Overall this book was intriguing, cute, scary, loveable. I definitely recommend everyone read this book.
This is a who-dun-it with a touch of romance, and even though you don’t know who to trust as secret after secret comes out, I was fascinated by the characters and sat up late to keep turning the pages to finally find out the truth.
A fantastic story, highly recommend.
Besides that, for me that was a huge blaring plot hole that made me think that it was just lazy writing. It is never explained how Simon manages to get hold of all the other characters’ secrets. Things that no one else could ever possibly know, he has been able to find out. This not being explained or ignored what to me lazy writing and ruined the whole book.
Also, the actual resolution of ‘who dunnit’ was pretty obvious. No great surprises.
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As for the plot, if that's what we're going to call it… The real mystery is how anyone could possibly have been surprised by it. Within a few pages of Simon's death I'd considered the possibility that he'd killed himself in an attempt to punish the world, only to immediately dismiss it because it was so overwhelmingly obvious it had to be a red herring. "Ah," I thought, "here is the ludicrous possibility that the author wants us to believe is true, only to surprise us with the real killer at the end. I wonder who it could really be…"
So I put up with trite characters and their predictable secrets (the closeted athlete, the pretty girl who cheated with her boyfriend's buddy, the criminal with the unhappy homelife, the over-achiever who stole exam papers) because I wanted to know who the real murderer was. I dragged my way through this book, expecting the ending to make it worthwhile. The twist surely had to be that it was one of the four, or that it was someone peripheral to the story. Since the hype for this book couldn't be a result of its unique characters (after all, there weren't any), it had to be because the killer was that fantastic mix of surprising when you find out and yet so perfectly motivated that it's obvious in hindsight.
Nope. Turns out the motive was "I'm a melodramatic teenager and I just want to be special", and the surprise was the fact that what was so predictable it had to be a red herring was actually just so predictable.
Please, guys. Find something better to read.
Okay, so everyone had been raving about this book. A great new YA thriller that's a cross between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. I mean come on, your sold on it already aren't you? What I loved about this one is that its only about 360 odd pages but it really packs a punch in that time. So full of twists and turns its really hard to figure out whodunnit! Admittedly though, I did work out who it was just before the reveal, but thats probably due to the sheer amount of thrillers and mystery books I've read over the years. Some of the characters are likeable while some began to grate on me a little, but overall I found them all to be very believable. A great fast-faced YA thriller. Perfect for this time of the year! 5/5 stars.
The first sentence reads: "A sex tape. A pregnancy scare. Two cheating scandals. And that's just this week's update."
I scan read the first few chapter. Based on an American High School 16 year olds and their antics- sex / drug references .
Everyone knows their own child - but wasn't suitable for my 12 year old.
When I was reading this book, I was constantly thinking '-oh he/she did it!' or 'please let … be innocent'. Well, not just thinking it, but telling everyone else around me what was happening and what I thought was going to happen next!
Throughout the book I loved all the characters as they grew, (especially Bronwyn). They seemed to spring from the page as it was just so well-written.
Overall, I love this book and it's hard to put down!
In alternating chapters each of the four remaining students go through the aftermath of the murder. Suspicion, investigations - both formal and informal - petty, teenage dramas and love. I was pretty much gripped to this book. While the characters were stereotypes (the jock, the criminal, the scholar, the princess...) and much of the narrative is inspired cultural touchstones such as The Breakfast Club, McManus weaves twisty narratives from these pupils who each have their own traumas and issues to deal with over and above the crime for which they are all under investigation for.