One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, published June 2017 by Penguin.
Goodreads Synopsis: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.
The Book Review
This is one of those debut novels, that doesn’t read like a debut. Not only does it instantly give you The Breakfast Club vibes with that cast of characters and detention setting, but the gossip app plot is also reminiscent of Gossip Girl, gearing this book up for some fierce comparisons, but it stood out well on its own.
The suspense was well-built, and I did follow quite a few red-herrings. The ultimate reveal surprised me but at the same time left me just a little tiny bit deflated. It wasn’t the murder-mystery I had thought it was going to be, but it was still a really enjoyable read, especially because of the diverse cast of characters. Not only were they all well fleshed out (in a 360 page book!), but their individual backgrounds and family lives got a look-in too, which meant we really got to know, and care for, them.
The plot is fast paced and gripping, with chapters being told from alternate character points of view, and there’s a hint of romance in there too, which I was definitely shipping. Overall, it was an impressive debut, that was well written as well as being entertaining, and one I would highly recommend.
Have you read One Of Us Is Lying? What other thriller/mysteries would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!