One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

eBook - 2017
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"When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case"--
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781524714703
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jan 03, 2019

The book was great! It was full of mystery, and romance!

Dec 22, 2018

I really enjoyed the mystery starting off in detention and then following each of the students as they come together to figure out what the really happened.

JCLMeganK Oct 04, 2018

I listened to the audio of this book, and loved it. First, I think there is something to be said about the type of book that takes four characters from different cliques, explores their backgrounds, and shows that we are all really not too different. Each character had their own story, so the reader got to learn about the main characters both as individuals, and as part of a larger whole.

b_blanchard Sep 08, 2018

Looking for a book that will keep you hooked until the very end? One of Us is Lying is that book! I stayed up all night reading this book, trying to figure who did it. This librarian gives this book two thumbs up.

KevinELPL Aug 15, 2018

This book has a fantastic premise - five students are serving an after-school detention when one of them suddenly dies of what appear to be natural causes. Then, the next day, a post from the dead student appears on social media - he says he was murdered! It reads like an Agatha Christie novel, but it's rooted in high school social media; a great read for teens or adults.

Aug 15, 2018

Loved this book. I liked the characters, their personailities and sense of humor.
It was a great read, the story was never boring so it kept my interest until the end of the novel.
I highly recommend this book.

Aug 03, 2018

this was an amazing book even from the start.I like d everything about this book the plot was amazing and I loved the characters personality's.I would totally recommend this book it was amazing.

Jul 23, 2018

really not as good as I expected it to be.. when I first read the plot summary I was like "wow this sounds like an exciting plot" but it turned out to be very predictable with stereotype characters. Had a lot of potential, but it could've been better.

VaughanPLKathy Jul 09, 2018

I love who dunnit books and this one was a great read. I was not pleased with the ending but I would still recommend it to anyone that loves mysteries.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 06, 2018

Okay, first let's deal with "The Breakfast Club" thing. Yes, there are five kids that fit neat stereotypes, like the movie. I like that the publicity for the book, and even the inside cover play up the "Jock" Cooper, "Brain" Bronwyn, "Beauty" Addy, "Criminal" Nate, and "Outcast" Simon. But it's played up to break it down. Other than Cooper, who has moved to town recently, all of these kids have known each other for years, and McManus does a great job of playing on the history between the students to help build their characters. In the end, "One of Us Is Lying" is a mystery and a good one at that.

Simon writes "About That," the school's gossip blog (Gier's "Dream On" Trilogy, anyone???). He along with the other four serve detention, all for something they haven't done: have a phone in class. It's clear to them, if not the teacher, that someone planted the phones to bring them all together. Then, before detention is over, Simon is dead, and it couldn't be an accident.

Now Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy and Nate are suspects. Do they turn on each other or come together? What secrets is each of them hiding?

Besides the interesting mystery, it's an absolute blast to follow along as the four students, feeling isolated and under fire, come together to try to solve the mystery, even if it means one of them goes down in the end. Each of the characters, who are sold as one-dimensional, are written so well, they come to life. There are the kind of moments of awakening that we expect from YA, but also plenty of bad decisions that run against genre.

Will everyone love the end? No. I'm sure there will be some who are hurt or offended, but sometimes a mystery is just a mystery, a bit of entertainment.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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Sexual Content: sex

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Violence: Abuse

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Coarse Language: Swearing


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Jan 03, 2019

''I'm the omniscient narrator."

May 24, 2018

This debut novel follows four high school students thrown together in detention with the creator of their school's gossip app.


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