One of Us is Lying, Book Review – Karen M. McManus

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This book was a real surprise for me!

When I first started reading it, to be blunt, I thought it was trash. The characters were all really stereotypical and the plot seemed basic. I continued reading so I could discuss it with my book club and not much changed.

It took a while but by the time I finished the second part I was hooked! The transformation of all the characters and their relationships with each other was super interesting. I was completely invested in the mystery! It was a really entertaining read!

While I was reading the book I thought for some reason that at the end one of the main four characters was going to be revealed as a murderer and that one of their storylines was lying (as per the title). I’m so glad I was wrong because, in my opinion, it would ruin the entire story. I got really attached to the characters by the end and for one of them to end up as the murderer would’ve felt wrong. The way it ended was great and it was unexpected without being unbelievable.

I think my favourite part of this book is how fast-paced it is. There is always something new happening whether it be something between the characters or a new reveal in the murder case. At the same time though, it didn’t feel at all rushed.

Honestly, I’m just amazed at how I began the book thinking it was absolutely terrible and ended up marvelling at how well the author pulled it off! A good quick read to get hooked on.

3 stars. Read with Teens Monthly Book Club

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