Review: One of us is lying

One of us is lying – Karen M. McManus – 2017 – YA Thriller

Goodreads Summary:

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
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.

Things I liked:

The novel is told from the four suspects opinions, rotating between each character every few pages. I think this made the novel easier to dip into and every character had their own individual voice and story which was interesting.

Things that weren’t so great:

There were a lot of American high-school tropes in this book. It feels weird as a Brit that all the 15 year olds in this book had cars that they didn’t worry about affording – maybe this is the norm in America!? I’m also a bit fed up of the hidden sexuality trope – why do so many books have closeted LGB characters? This trope makes it feel like we’re stuck in the 20th century, it seems so old-fashioned.

I didn’t like the conclusion of the story. Pretty early on I guessed what had happened, so it just seemed to drag on until we got to a weak conclusion. I’m not sure if other people who’ve read this book enjoyed the conclusion or thought, like me, that it was a bit of a cop-out.

I gave the book 3/5. I wanted much more from this book after I saw everyone talking about it, but I found it too long and the mystery not compelling enough.

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