One of Us Is Lying
by Karen M. McManus


" Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club " ( in this "flat-out addictive" ( RT Book Reviews ) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.  Read more...

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More About One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

"Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club" ( in this "flat-out addictive" (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

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.

And don't miss Karen McManus's newest novel Two Can Keep a Secret , on shelves spring 2019, that Bustle says is "a must-read YA thriller if you love Riverdale and Sharp Objects."

Praise for One of Us Is Lying

An Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection
A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection
A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
A Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."

"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."--Popcrush

"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."--The Guardian

"This is no ordinary whodunit...surprising and relevant."--USA Today

"An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller with so many twists and turns you'll be wondering until the very end: Who really killed Simon?"--Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters

" As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." --VOYA, Starred Review

"This fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own."--Kirkus Reviews

"A smart, twisted, and unpredictable YA mystery that will have readers guessing until the very end."--SLJ

"An engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control."--Booklist

"Readers will have a hard time putting this clever page-turner down."

  • ISBN-13: 9781524714680
  • ISBN-10: 1524714682
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Page Count: 384
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.06 pounds

Related Categories

Books > Young Adult Fiction > Mysteries & Detective Stories
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Thrillers & Suspense

BookPage Reviews

Murder in detention

If John Hughes turned The Breakfast Club into a murder mystery, it would be this delicious page-turner. Five teens enter detention, but only four come out. Simon, who runs a gossip app, dies from a suspiciously timed allergic reaction. He has made a lot of enemies in his San Diego suburb, but none with more motive than these four: Bronwyn, the straight-A good girl; Cooper, the unassuming baseball star; Nate, the drug-dealing slacker; and Addy, the enviable pretty girl. At first glance, they seem like high school clichés, but each is hiding a life-altering secret they’d do anything to protect. Either they’re all innocent, or one of them is lying, and it’s up to readers to find out.

Told in four alternating points of view, One of Us Is Lying is more than just a feisty whodunit—it’s an insightful look at high school life. Nothing drags in this fast-paced story, so give it to even the most reluctant reader and dare them not to devour it in one sitting.

Kimberly Giarratano is the author of Grunge Gods and Graveyards, a young adult paranormal mystery.


This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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