Thursday, June 22, 2017

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Bronwyn is headed to Yale like both of her parents before her.  Addy is beautiful and dating the most perfect guy in school.  Cooper is a baseball pitcher who is already being scouted by the MLB.  Nate has been in trouble with the law and has a reputation as a troublemaker.  Simon runs a gossip app that somehow finds out the dirt about everyone in school.   The five of them don't interact in real life but they all wind up in detention together after a teacher busts each of them for having a cell phone.  The problem is, none of them have any idea where the confiscated phones came from.  While the group is distracted by a car accident outside, Simon drinks a glass of water and then drops dead.  After his death is ruled a murder it is revealed that he was about to publish a column revealing dark secrets about each of the other four students in the room at the time of his death. Which of them was willing to kill Simon to keep the truth quiet?

What a fun book with enough twists to keep you guessing!  I liked all four of the major characters and was getting sadder and sadder as the book went on because I didn't want any of them to be lying or to be the killer, but I liked watching Addy the most as she developed into a real person rather than someone's girlfriend.  And even though I didn't want one of them to be the killer, I was savoring what a delicious surprise it would be when it was finally revealed who had been lying all along.  I do love an unreliable narrator!  The final bits of things in the book tied up too neatly but this isn't meant to be a deep, troubling book - it is just a great read to enjoy as you're along for the ride.

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