Monday, 20 March 2017

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus - review

PublisherDelacorte Press (30 May 2017)

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. (Extract from the Publishers' blurb)

I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.

I was so excited to read this book and it started off well. I found the premise of The Breakfast Club with murder so intriguing and the tension mounted throughout. However, there were elements of the plot that I didn’t enjo
y and I would give a definite trigger warning about the treatment of depression.

The main characters were interesting and well-developed, though some of them defied stereotypes and others reinforced them. I liked reading about the events from four viewpoints and thought the four distinctive voices were very strong.

In terms of the thriller aspects, I found this book exciting and I enjoyed trying to work out the clues. It was so fun trying to decide who was lying and who was responsible. Unfortunately, there were plot points that I found disappointing and that stopped me from giving the book a higher star rating overall.

This book had great potential but for me it didn’t quite match up to the exciting premise and title.

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