ARC Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 



TWs: homophobia, alcohol and drug abuse, mention of suicide.

Ah, yes, high school and murder are my shit.

So, it had been a while since I’d read a murder mystery. I don’t think I’ve ever read one that was YA (I could be wrong but whatever) so I wasn’t exactly sure what I could expect from it.

So here’s what this book was about:

One dead kid. Four teenagers who might all have done it (and had the motives to do it).
Four POV. You start trusting these kids because even if they’ve all done mistakes you’re in their heads for one fourth of the book each and…sure, they don’t tell you anything right away, but…….wait.

You look at the title.
“One of us is lying.”
Are you? Are you lying about lying?
If one of you is lying then are you lying about the murder? Or something else?

And that’s your emotional roller coaster throughout this book. In the meantime, you start shipping ships and cheering for these kids to get over the bad things in their lives.

And it’s true, maybe at some point you might actually start to solve this big mystery, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the book is ruined for you. Because at that point you care about all of them a lot and you just *clenches fist* want them to be happy.

I feel like every character was well written and even though some of the development felt a bit rushed, it’s understandable because this is a standalone and it couldn’t possibly cover more time. I mean, the book takes place over several months, but I feel like especially one of the characters’ development couldn’t have happened in so little time. But it was definitely important to show that character in a different light, so it was just right that way.

Another important point is that this book was pretty diverse (which frankly I wasn’t expecting?) so that’s obviously a really big plus.

It was also fast paced and held my attention from the very first page (if I had been less busy I would have finished it in much less time, but alas real life called), so I’m definitely recommending it if you’re into mysteries but still want to get that typical YA character arc (or, four of them).

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