One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Delacorte Press(US) x Penguin Random (UK), 2017.
If you are looking for the perfect combination of YA and mystery, then this book is perfect. It follows the life of four major characters – Browyn, Nate, Cooper and Addy – who are fingered in the murder of another student cum blogger – Simon. OOUIL takes us on a journey of how these four suspects try to clear their name even though they have strong motives to commit the crime.
I loved this book -which is surprising because YA is not really my first choice when it comes to fiction. While the telling is simplistic -no fancy words or decorated sentences here -the story is one that is relatabl- picture Gossip Girl meets One Three Hill. Gay, Carribean, but predominantly white characters were prominent in this book.
I like the title- catchy -that was what drew me in the first place. And indeed, one of the characters was indeed lying(no spoilers!). The cover is apt.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely.
What didn’t I like about it? Karen the author made me waste my guess on who the real murderer was. Urgh! I pride myself in discovering killers early on but that ending had a logical explanation for who the murderer turned out to be.
Would I read it more than once? Maybe. Not likely. And that’s because like all books without decorated sentences, once you figure out the bad guy in a book, the thrill goes out of it.
All in all, I liked the book. It had my attention.
I give it 3/5 syns.
Want your book reviewed? Publishers, authors and booksellers can send me a DM on @syncityng or via mail on email@example.com.