One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McMannus


On Monday afternoon, five unexpected students find themselves in detention at Bayview High School. When detention ends, one of the students, Simon, is dead. The remaining four are suspects for murder. Simon had been planning to reveal their secrets on his social media gossip site. Therefore, Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate all have a motive, but they all claim innocence. The story makes for a high school musicalesque who-done-it.


McManus does a good job building characters and an interesting mystery without making it too dark. She throws in enough twists that even I didn’t have the entire mystery figured out. A good mystery for middle and high school readers.


Recommended ages--12 and up


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