Hello again, how are you doing? I hope you are keeping safe and well and being kind to yourselves.
A little life update before I jump into this post, I decided to dye my hair blue! (If you’d rather get straight into the book review jump to the next paragraph!) I still don’t know if I like it or not, maybe I just need to get used to it? After some research I decided to use the Manic Panic Amplified colour in the shade ‘After Midnight’ which is a deep blue. It’s semi-permanent dye so if I decide I hate it, it’ll wash out soon enough. If you want to see how it turned out check out my Instagram. I’m also still on furlough and I don’t know when I’ll be back in work, so not much else has changed there. What is your current situation? Are you furloughed, or working from home, or is it business as usual for you? Let me know in the comments.
Ok, so, today’s blog post is a book review that was highly requested on Twitter. I recently finished One of Us Is Lying by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Karen M. McManus. Wherever I looked on social media I felt like I could not escape this book. After it popped up in my recommended reads on my Kindle, I felt like it was a sign I shouldn’t ignore any longer.
I downloaded the book shortly after being hooked by the enticing blurb which begins “Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.” I mean, come on. If that doesn’t make you scream “I NEED TO KNOW MORE” I don’t know what will. The story follows five secondary school students, all of which have very different backgrounds and places in the school pecking order. I won’t spoil anything for you, but you can expect to meet the school jock, the bad boy, the nerd, the gossip and the pretty blonde.
At first, I will admit, I thought this book might be too young for me. It’s described as a ‘young adult mystery/suspense novel’ and when I was introduced to the stereotypical teen characters at Bayview High, I just felt like I’d seen it done so many times before… BUT, I could not have been more wrong…
This book is full to the brim with page turning twists – and as an aspiring author myself – I am well aware of how hard it is to execute a good twist. I felt myself getting so absorbed into the story and hungry to know more. I was torn between wanting to read faster to uncover the mystery whilst wanting to savor the moment and enjoy McManus’ writing. It is safe to say, that until it was presented in front of me, I had absolutely no idea how this book would end. I had my conspiracies (all of which were wrong) and when I reached the end it was a full-blown jaw-to-the-floor moment of disbelief. It gave me goose bumps.
Throughout the book, there is an underlying message that develops and grows as the story goes on, and that message is that not everything is as it seems. There is so much more to McManus’ characters than first meets the eye. They each have their own complications and secrets and struggles. Each character beautifully breaks their stereotypical shell and emerges as someone we would never expect. I absolutely loved the character developments and I think there are valuable lessons we can learn from each of them.
Would I recommend One of Us Is Lying? Absolutely. In fact, I urge you to pick up a copy and dive in a soon as you can. Enjoy the turbulent, emotional and truly tragic journey these characters endure. McManus’ writing style is very addictive. It’s easy to read, but not in the negative sense, in the way that every word and idea flows seamlessly into the next and each twist delivers shock factor with an almighty punch.
I am looking forward to delving straight into the sequel, One of Us Is Next, which I will of course review for you on here too.
Have you read One of Us Is Lying? I’d love to know what you thought if so, tell me in the comments! I hope this review has persuaded you to give this chilling modern-mystery novel a read, you can find it here. For now, I’m signing off, but I can’t wait to be back with another post very soon.