One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

  • Release Date: 2017-05-30
  • Genre: Crime & Mystery
Score: 4.5
From 383 Ratings



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."


  • Page Turner

    By Brandyn Ariel
    I was surprised how much I loved this book. Real page turner with twist. A little predictable with some of the lies, but the ending was original and sad. My favorite book of the year so far.
  • Literally couldn’t put it down!!!!!!!!

    By flgatorgirlll
    Amazing read!!!
  • I really liked it.

    By Lissa615
    I don’t really read books like these anymore but I took a chance on this one and I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. I would highly recommend to anyone who is into mystery and a little bit of thrill!
  • So Amazing, a Must Read

    By FuzzBall33
    This book is a wonderful example of a book written from a multi character perception done well. The story blends, is easy to follow, and has amazing character insights. I just love the fact that how different all the characters are from different parts of the social hierarchies of high school, but they show that horrible situations can bring people together. If you are looking for a great novel with a heart wrenching story, this book is a must read!

    By Cat essence
    This is my favourite book EVER it’s so good and so well-written and it totally dragged me in. I can’t say anything about the plot without spoiling it, but the plot twists are SO WELL DONE! I can usually see a twist coming from a mile away, but this book totally blindsided me. Absolutely astounding, 10000/10, read it or perish (you won’t regret it!!!)
  • Love!

    By shanelee444
    I would highly recommend this book! All of the characters are amazing and the ending really surprised me!
  • I’m impressed

    By romance reader :)
    Wow this book was rlly good! Lol I finished it in three days. Just a shout out to all of those who r thinking abt reading this, the end will EXTREMELY surprise u!! Prepare urselves!!
  • best book evah

    By lulu~lemon
  • Amazing

    By NixxWizz
    I love it, I highly recommended is very interesting.Just like the way she describes the story from each character.
  • My new favorite book

    By beach-reader
    I was at the beach when reading this and my kept telling me to put it down and socials, but I just could not stop reading. I finished the book in three days. And it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.