One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus


         One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte Press, May 2017, ISBN 9781524714680)

Format:  Hardcover

Rating:  1-5: (5 is an excellent or starred review): 4

Genre: Mystery/Suspense, or Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? I got really into the murder and the drama of everything- which I don’t normally like- and it was a super quick read with a lot of action (I read this in 2-3 days!).  I felt a lot of Brat Pack vibes from this one (like The Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink set nowadays) and enjoyed the update on some of these character types.  I appreciated that there were some diverse and LGBTQ+ characters in the story as well.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? I was a little unhappy with the murder’s resolution.  I suspected it just before they told us (which sometimes happens), but while it wasn’t who I thought it was, I was still a little disappointed.  Other than that, it was a pretty solid and super quick read.  

To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this to teens that enjoy high school drama (maybe they’ve just watched 13 Reasons Why and want something quasi-similar.)  Also teens who enjoy mystery, or suspense in particular.  This is definitely readable for a wide audience, but there are some special niche teens as well (the front jacket flap highlights them) that you may want to look into.   

Who should buy this book? Libraries and bookstores can definitely use this one.  If you know which movies/tv/books your teen likes, there is likely an angle for them.  (It even has Pretty Little Liar moments.)

Where would you shelve it? Suspense (but it could also fit Mystery or Realistic Fiction)

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, because it’s quick.  With more time, it’s readable in one night or maybe 2 days because it really hooks you and keeps steaming ahead.   

Christina, Thayer Public Library, Braintree MA

Date of review:  5/20/2017

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