One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My name is Elizabeth. I love reading, and my favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper. I am in the 8th grade and enjoy dance.
One Of Us Is Lying is a murder mystery that takes place in a high school setting. Five kids are in detention, all for suspicious reasons. Simon, one of the characters, dies in the middle of detention. This causes the four other kids to become suspects in the death. Simon had a gossip website, and he uncovered lots of dirt in everyone’s school lives. The day after Simon’s death, there was a post supposed to go out about each of the suspects from detention. Also, each character had a reason to be angry with Simon, causing them to be even more suspicious. This causes a very intense investigation to be launched, and there are many secrets revealed about each character’s personal lives.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting and I read it very quickly. I didn’t like the ending plot-wise, but I did enjoy the thoughts that came with finishing the book. The ending pushes the reader psychologically and really makes you think. I did not realize the effect this book had on me till about a week after reading it when I was recommending it to my friends and still pondering the storyline. After some time I was not thinking about the ending as much as before, but I was thinking about all of the characters, and if they would have killed Simon. I would give this book a 10/10 because it was so great. I thought it had quite a few mature topics, so I would not recommend this to younger readers.