“Five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide”.
The story follows an investigation of a student death (Simon) in detention with Mr Avery and four other students. After Simon takes the sip of death, Addy, Cooper, Nate and Bronwyn become the main suspects. As the investigation unfolds we learn that no one is truly innocent. Each of them has a façade, keeping their secrets at bay.
First, I would like to say that overall this was a great read. McManus keeps the reader captivated through the constant plot twists. The need to find out each character’s secret drew me in, constantly changing my perspective of each suspect.
I’m unsure how I feel about the stereotypes used by McManus. Addy is the popular girl, Cooper is a jock, Nate is a drug criminal, Bronwyn is a brainbox and Simon was the source of gossip. For the most part, it seemed as though these stereotypes led the development of each character, rather than events. With this in mind, I think the characters could’ve been developed with more depth, using their secrets and emotions to build our overall understanding of them.
Despite this, One Of Us Is Lying is an enjoyable easy read. Would definitely recommend to the teenage audience and young adults who like a book with a twist.
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