Young Adult books


One of Us is Lying by Karen M.McManus

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

It’s Fri-YA-y! (see what I did there?!) This book does fall into the YA genre and I am most definately not a Young Adult but I still hugely enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a real page-turner then look no further! The tag line above drew me in and it certainly did not disappoint.

One of Us is Lying is the story of five students who walk into detention but just four of them leave alive. Everyone is a suspect and everyone has something to hide. The stuff that murder mysteries are made of! The story then revolves around the four remaining students:

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

Sound familiar? The author’s inspiration did indeed come from the hit 80’s film ‘The Breakfast Club’ but this has a totally different criminal twist!

Each chapter in turn belongs to one of the characters. I loved the multi-narrator chapters as they moved the story on so quickly keeping me hooked from the first.  I felt that each character had an equal weighting in the story, which  multi-narratives can sometimes lack. Refreshingly realistic,  I felt that the characters surprisingly and tenderly moved beyond their traditional teenage stereotypes. Karen M. McManus manages to engage the reader through the character’s joint narratives every step of the way. You will find yourself not only doubting their honesty but also rooting for all of them as we slowly uncover their individual human flaws one layer at a time.

If like me, you have your early suspicions about who the killer may be, there are enough plot twists to keep you going until the very end. By then, you will be so invested in the characters that you will be just as eager to discover what happens to each of them as you will be to solve the mystery. I love an ending that isn’t predictable and this did the job perfectly!

This book is not exclusive to Young Adults! I would highly recommend it to grown-up readers too. It is a fabulous piece of escapism and hugely addictive! Be warned – your loved ones may not see you for a a day or two while you embark on a massive binge read session!

Karen M. McManus has very recently released her second novel – Two Can Keep a Secret and I cannot wait to read this one too!

I’d love to know about any Young Adult books that you have read recently. I know there is currently a huge amount of adults crossing over into this genre – me included! Or if there’s a book you’d like me to review then please mention it in the comments.


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