Book of the Week / 44

Ah this book was just a classic, highly enjoyable mystery, thriller and drama. I first heard of this book from ‘Brighton Girl’ – she has a fab taste in books in my eyes, as I have read a lot of recommendations from her previously, she has never recommended a bad one!

I was at our local department store one day, and this one caught my eye as I had seen the cover before. It was a decent price so I decided to purchase. This weeks book is…

One of Us is Lying by Karen M.Manus


“Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn is the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy is the beauty and the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate is the criminal and is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper is the athlete and is the all-star baseball pitcher.

Only, Simon never makes it out of the 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.”

*** contains spoilers ***

What the blurb didn’t mention for obvious reasons, is that Simon was severely allergic to peanuts. In the detention room, he gets up for a cup of water, and detectives discover after his death that this cup was spiked with peanut oil. During his anaphylactic attack, no one could find an epi-pen on him, and there were none in the first aid room, as someone had taken them. Because of this, Simon couldn’t be saved.

Throughout the book, you learn more and more things about each of the very different characters. You also learn about things that they were hiding – literally everything comes out in the open. When the death of Simon gets out on the news, the spotlight is full on Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper, so it was very hard to hide anything when you’re constantly being watched and asked questions. Who on earth did this to Simon?

This book kept me guessing for most of the way through, I then figured out who it probably was. It was an interesting read and never boring.

The genre of this one is young adult, mystery, contemporary, fiction, thriller and romance. If you read this, you’ll see where the romance part of it comes in.

About the Author
“Karen M. McManus is the author of New York Times and international bestselling young adult novels One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret. Her work has been translated into 40 different languages worldwide. She lives in Massachusetts and holds a master degree in Jounalism.”

I rate this one an 8/10!

Thanks a ton for checking out this review! Be sure to check my ‘Books’ tab for more!

Chelsea x


  1. Vicky

    ooh, this sounds like a dark version of The Breakfast Club! I’ll have to pick it up: angst, murder and teen romance are all juicy subjects to read about 😀 great review!

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