Murder and Lies

One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus, Delacorte, out May 30th

An interesting YA book about manipulation.

Five teens and one teacher are in detention when one boy dies and it’s quickly established that it’s murder. Everyone protests their innocence, but somebody killed him and everyone on that room has a secret that the victim was threatening to reveal to the wider world. But then the secrets start appearing anyway…

How can that happen when he’s dead? Who else knows their shameful secrets and how can they stop them from coming out? At first the characters come across as stereotypical high schoolers, but they develop in more interesting ways as they come together and push one another as suspicions ebb and flow.

I’m proud of the fact that I spotted the murderer at a relatively early stage, but it didn’t affect my reading in any way—plus, it could just have been a lucky guess! An absorbing read.



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