Book Review |One Of Us Is Lying|Syn Osuchukwu

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

368 pages.

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.

This book did well in terms of reception as over 120, 000 copies have been sold in over 20 countries. It had a 79 week run on the New York Times Best Selling list, won multiple awards and is currently being adapted into TV by Universal Cable and E!

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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.

Hopefully, the book is available at all bookshops in your area. Read our other reviews? Tell me what you think about Kintu and Here Comes The Sun.

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