This is the 3rd English thriller book I have read. 

It is called “One Of Us Is Lying”

by Karen M. McManus.

4 students are suspects and under investigation after Simon’s unexpected death.

At first, it feels familiar to a teen mystery fiction but, this smart author throws in little twists throughout the book to make it a gripping and uncomfortable mystery story.



Young adult fiction / Mystery / Suspense

Thriller / Romance / Comtemporary



Yale hopeful BRONWYN has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star COOPER only known what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad boy NATE is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen ADDY is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider SIMON, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident.

All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.
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The teen mystery novel was very enjoyable for me and I battled to put the book down. I was surprised as I don’t usually read teen novels. 

Even though the circumstance are serious, the teenagers can get quite playful sometimes, make jokes and treat the situation in a childish manner.

The police don’t have enough evidence or more suspects to go with but, they know these kids have something to do with the death of their classmate.


A naughty and troublesome boy who lives with an alcoholic father after his mother passed away from a car accident. He sells drugs to make money but he was the first to try and save Simon’s lives.

Could you judge him on these?


The perfect student. She always gets high praise from teachers and parents. She is the brains of the group, always searching for answers as though her homework and looking for an escape.

Could she take the risk or is she being selfish? 


School sports star who is one of the popular students. Desperate to keep his secret from everybody but Simon’s death pushes him to the edge.

Is he going to be brave like his appearance or is he going to be a coward?


Prom queen, girlish and adored by other girls yet very submissive to her boyfriend which she is keeping a secret. 

When she gets to cornered, will she have anybody at her side?


He writes on a gossip app about other students secrets and wants attention from everyone but he is not popular.

Is Simon the victim of a terrible crime or did he bring it on himself? 



Five students end up in detention and one dies. The other four are under suspicion of murder. The dead student wrote an on-line gossip column that seems to be true. And each of the suspects has secrets he/she wants hidden. Who is guilty? I enjoyed this story. It is a fast read but I was guessing…


From Google books

#Charllott May

‘Everybody’s got secrets,’ he says. ‘Right?’

THIS BOOK!! You guys, I thought this book was brilliant! So many great elements all thrown together.

– murder mystery
– high school drama
– secrets, both big and small
– suspicion

I love a murder mystery anyway, but this one was made better as I cared about the 4 kids who were suspects.


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*Good News for readers!!

To be honest I’m not a big fan of films based on the novel. Usually, they are just not good.

However, sometimes I will watch just to see how well they have kept to the original novel.

This is one of those times, I’m looking forward to watching!

Could you judge someone just by their appearance?

Everybody has a secret.

Please feel free to comment as I would love to know what your thoughts are.

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