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
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,017 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 the sequel, One of Us is Next!

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 Bustle 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."—Bustle

"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.”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders

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


  • Ok

    By lmoo2120
    Kind of slow and the ending was predictable
  • Mediocre

    By Iamcassiek
    It’s kinda interesting but is a teenage drama.. I guess I didn’t realize that going into it beforehand.
  • Found out it’s going to be a tv show

    By Reviewer246810
    April 2020, Just found out this set to become a tv show on NBC’s streaming platform. I loved this book so much that I truly hope it goes through.
  • Great storyline but predictable plot

    By sommer sekhon
    I read this book and really enjoyed the specific characters storylines but the plot was predictable and about half way through the story I figured it out. But overall the specific characters storylines and little surprises made this book hard to put down.
  • Great book but a little disappointing

    By Awesome Anna 100
    I loved reading this book. I was so obsessed that I finished in a little more than 2 days. I don’t want to spoil anything but I’m very good at guessing the plot twists in movies and books. And I made a hypothesis about who the murder was and I was almost positive it was that person until the middle of the book, then that plot twist! It was a little too casual for me because I like really dramatic and crime filled books and you could foreshadow what was going to happen several pages before it was told. On the positive, there was amazing character development and you just couldn’t help for loving each and every one of them to the point where you feel empathy for the killer when they are revealed. It was such an amazing book and I’m just about to start on the sequel, “One of Us is Next.” Thank you so much!!
  • Riveting!

    By Hb314
    I am completely blown away by this book! I went in ready for suspense. I was looking for a chance the channel my inner detective, and to try to figure out the mystery before it revealed itself at the end, which I almost failed at! I was completely clueless on who done it, until literally RIGHT before it was revealed!! I was stumped and my suspicions were all over the place and absolutely nowhere all at once. These characters draw you in, and they make you like them so much that you couldn’t possibly imagine them being guilty, yet leave you completely disappointed when you think they might be the big baddy of the story. I won’t reveal a single spoiler for this story, because this book deserves to be experienced. This book has darkness, suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance and heartbreak. Basically— It. Has. It. All. Read this book, only, if you want to be completely taken away, and swept up into a world where trust is challenged and suspense proves to be your favorite obstacle!!
  • Riveting

    By larean
    I couldn’t put this book down...I found myself rereading sections in attempt to find if and when I missed something
  • Love it

    By supercalaf...
    The twist at the end is insane
  • Honestly not that great

    By grl hayyy
    Karen M. McManus’s writing is not that good tbh. In mystery books, or in any books, there’s usually a plot twist or something huge or shocking happens at the end. The ending wasn’t exactly something nobody would’ve ever expected, you know? And the way she wrote it didn’t really even make it like this huge plot twist, she kinda brought it on slowly by having it brought up as an idea that they considered and then confirmed. But even the way it was confirmed wasn’t shocking, it was kinda casual. Honestly, it was a good story, definitely gripping, but she definitely needs to work in her writing.

    By teamkeefe4thewin
    This book is such a good mystery!!!