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: 5
From 246 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.

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."


  • 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.
  • Big surprise

    By nshsmaosbrjshebslajd
    Honestly reading the little description it gives, it makes the book sound really cliche and just not good but after reading the first 80 pages for the preview I was hooked it was amazing. Def recommend.
  • Censorship

    By Hosea 4:6
    I wrote a review about this book over a month ago and it was not posted. I did not use any foul language, nor was I crude in any way. I did however voice that I did not agree with a certain lifestyle portrayed in a the book as perfectly normal, and had I know that the book contained such material I would not have purchased it. I did not finish reading the book. I think it’s funny (sad) that you can say anything you want as long as it’s not against the main stream garbage that Hollywood is putting out. Modern family, etc.
  • Amazing but....

    By +*person*+
    Okay this book was amazing we all have to admit that but when Nate and bronwyn became a couple I legit cried I was so freaking happy!!!then when Nate broke her I cried again but this time not the good kind of tears... I need bronwyn and Nate together they’re goals you can’t just end goals like that.:( tbh this was a really good freaking book I loved right when I saw it! But I need goals xD it’s what wakes me up in the morning bc every single day for two weeks I would get up and want to read this book and only this book thats how much I loved this book!!! I hope you enjoy it too

    By Bj_Watson12
    This one got my attention, because it’s not a plot you see every day. Loved the characters and the fact that it’s told from different points of view. The ending was not what I expected, but I still ended up satisfied! Can’t wait to see the TV show!
  • A fun, quick read!

    By Kiarra Monique
    This was a fun, quick read!! I enjoyed the fact that ALL of the narrators were unreliable as heck, because it kept the story interesting even when the plot slowed down. I do wish the "secrets" the Liars had would have been harder to guess and also that Simon's "killer' would have been harder to guess as well. The best scene of the book (THE cafeteria scene involving Cooper) more than made up for my disappointment with the plot. Four stars for me and I will definitely read more of Karen's future books!
  • Awesome!

    By Avabobava97
    I totally need a second book or a movie/TV show! I loved it and the ending surprised me sooo much! I neeeeed to find out more about my favorite couple 😬
  • LOVE

    By Alexis52398
    Such a good book! I’m not an avid reader, but I couldn’t put it down. Just like Bronwyn (my fave character) and the others, I was constantly testing our theories the whole way!!

    By heykiddosdontforget2read
    amazing book from start to finish. so good. read it. trust me. you won’t regret it. i read it in one sitting.
  • 5 stars

    By playeraa_
    Amazing book. Hands down!