Book Review : One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Four characters, Four background stories and a murder that is tying everything to its core. its perhaps is an example for things getting tightened as it proceeds. One of us is lying really needs your time and patience to sit through the developments. It won’t be a quick read to understand the events and journey leading to the revelation behind the murder that happens in the book

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One of Us Is Lying Official Synopsis

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

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One of Us Is Lying RWAT Take

One of us is lying for me started with too much background details and then bringing to a point where you need to dice and analyse everything and this only gets more and more effort work as the story progresses. You have to really look out for the background details of each of these characters. Each character is weaponed with stronger than the core plot backgrounds.

At each point the book turns in a way that it feels as if everything is pointing and concluding towards one characters, only to bring a drastic revelation diverting the complete focus on to another characters. The book thus keeps playing hide and seek for so long that after certain point it just feels tiring. There was a point when i nearly shouted to end the book by placing the revelations on any of the character and then getting it over with just to be relieved of the book

There is so much background stories, details and emotional journeys that it kind of tires you out. Each character has pretty vast narrational spaces that you tend to be drowning under so much information and anticipating whether it will lead to somewhere or is simply mend to toy with you and distracting you for the time being


There is a lot of information and the book does drag a lot in between with all the background stories and flashbacks. By the time the book concludes, the sparks and curiosity have already left and you just want to get it over with.


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