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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention, and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
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.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.
Only Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday he died. But on Tuesday he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Cast of narrators:
Kim Mai Guest - Bronwyn
Shannon McManus - Andy
Robbie Daymond - Nate
Macleod Andrews - Cooper
I pre-ordered One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus because right away it sounded like an episode out of Gossip Girl (and I'm telling you, I loved Gossip Girl!). I also liked that there were multiple narrators, which I haven't experienced too much in audiobooks. I'm glad I spent the credit on this book, and if you like teen drama or the "whodunit" type mysteries, you will enjoy it as well.
I couldn't decide whether to give it 4 or 5 stars. If I could, I'd have to settle on a 4.5 rating. I liked the fact that there were 4 narrators for 4 different main characters, but even though there were only 4 of them, it seemed like I got lost a bit keeping track of 'who was who' & 'who did what.' When you listen, make sure you pay attention to detail or you might get lost as other people are introduced into the story. I tried to multi-task while listening, and I found myself wondering what was going on in some places, mostly because my mind wasn't fully focusing on the story....learn from my mistake. I plan to listen to it again to get the full experience, even though I know how the murder of the 5th student happened. I liked it so much that I don't mind...plus I'm sure I'll come across a bunch of details that I overlooked the first time through. :-)
I thought both the writing and narration were great! It's told in alternating points of view by each of the 4 teens. Throughout the entire story I was thinking I knew who the murderer was. It wasn't until the last part that I realized I was totally off base. Wow! I didn't expect that one at all! It kept me guessing.
I recommend this audiobook to those who like mysteries, drama, and teen characters. It's not a thriller, nor is it an "edge of your seat" read; it is just a really good murder mystery that starts right away and ends 10+ hours later. It kept my interest throughout, and I felt like I got to know each of the kids well. It was a mix of Gossip Girl (TV show) and Clue (the movie & boardgame)....might be a bad comparision, but just know I used to LOVE them both! :-) I definitely think it is worth the credit, and I am looking forward to listening to it again in the future!
Thank you for reading my review. :-)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
For Karen McManus’s first novel, she dives into the world of high schoolers faced with typical challenges like college applications, sports, and dating. However, these particular teenagers have a less-than-common problem – they are all under investigation for murder. As the story of four unlikely partners in crime unravels, you’ll be guessing right until the very end – whodunit? Four narrators tell the story from each point of view, giving you a real feel for each of the main characters. A blend of The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us is Lying is a thoroughly engrossing YA novel that won’t let you put your headphones down.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you ever listen to anything by Karen M. McManus again?
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
At first, I wasn't in love with the voice acting. It took listening to a chapter or two before I realized what grated on me most. It has less to do with the voice actors and more to do with the director/producer of the audio book. The voice actors were fine, in fact, probably perfectly cast for the roles of the characters they played. What was unfair to them was that they were given the task of not only narrating their own character's voice but the other characters as well during their narratives. This meant that 4 different voice actors had to provide the voice of Nate. Four different actors had to cover Addy and so on. This would have been MUCH better had the producer/director allowed the actor who voiced his/her character to do so EACH TIME no matter which of the four characters were narrating. Continuity guys...
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTJust disappointed...This is a classic example of an author who has a promising idea but not the ability to carry it out. Entrepreneur with the big idea but no engineering to bring it to life. <br/><br/>THE GOOD<br/>The premise of the book was exciting. I found it during it's pre release phase and, based on the brief description given, I was hooked and found myself thinking about it every few days up to its release. Obviously a nod to John Hughes with a twist, the idea was a strong. Five kids go into detention and only four leave - a modern setting for the age-old "who dunnit". <br/><br/>The storyline between characters was good. There were enough surprises and unique pieces added to each characters backstory to make them interesting and modern. There were plenty of details dropped to follow. These, however, were more like lines and less like red herrings. No idea challenged you to mentally chase it. You just added it to inventory of things to keep up with. <br/><br/>THE BAD<br/>The killer was pretty easy to guess - no real shock. <br/><br/>The killer's accomplice, however, was horribly written (the biggest disappointment for me) and COULD have been so much better. NOTHING in the story provided any background that would have led me to believe this character would have gone to the extremes written. Ridiculous. This character was so wrapped up in himself...he would NOT have done this. <br/><br/>In fact, it was so far fetched, that I initially thought it was an incredibly clever deception by the author. It was, however, a flat delivery and felt like a rushed exit. I had no feelings for the accomplice but no belief in his actions either.<br/><br/>The other thing that bugged me were the narratives. These are high school kids providing a narrative that vacillated between a believable "high school kid" and an omniscient narrative that just felt out of place. The kids provided too detailed and at times too mature/dramatic descriptions for the age of their characters. <br/><br/>Final things. SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE ON<br/><br/>There were stereotypes and cliche points to the letter for some characters. Lot's of "girl power" written in the story too without the need. Guy's humbly submitting themselves to the girls who are in control (Ashtyn and Bronwyn) when they've done nothing to deserve the power they've been given. <br/><br/>Addy gets a dismissive "pass" on sleeping around but Bronwyn makes Nate "pay" for not speaking to her/breaking up with her after he is released from jail? Um...yeah...<br/><br/>So, what COULD have made this spectacular? <br/><br/>Just a few simple things:<br/><br/>1) The voice actors should have been allowed to voice their characters when called to speak in each person's narrative.<br/><br/>2) A little more realistic narrative from the high school kids. They are high school kids narrating their feelings not romance novelists trying to poetically describe the world around them.<br/><br/>3) Had Jenea (sp? I purchased the audible book and not the actual book to check the spelling) been the killer (or at least the accomplice) she could have been lying to Addy about Jake to frame him. During the time she was confronted by Addy and was confirming Jake's role, I really believed the author had created an INCREDIBLE twist and that Addy would have believed Jake was the accomplice when it was really Jenea. THAT would have been an awesome twist showing that Jenea had been jilted by Simon and she had masterminded everything while throwing suspicion on everyone (including Jake). When I learned that was NOT the case, the rating when from 5+ to 2 at best. <br/><br/>The big car was entertaining but just ran out of gas...
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I love a good YA thriller or suspense novel, and One of Us is Lying sounded like a great read, and for the most part it really was. Was it super suspenseful, edge of seat, can't take my eyes (or ears) off it till I'm done? Not really. But it did make me think, and did have a lot of mystery going on, which was still fine for me.
I'm not going into the synopsis as other's have done a great job, and it's pretty short and simple fact of who killed Simon? We are introduced to four teens (well...five if you count the dead one), and, just as others said, it's a suspense spin off of the Breakfast Club, which I found to be intriguing, and a pretty cool take on the original. Out of the four teens we are able to delve into their every day lives, and get a good take on their personalities, and I truly felt each character was portrayed perfectly for their "type." I really did enjoy their demeanor's, and how we got an insight into how they thought. As for the story line, I felt it was pretty darn decent. Again, not a massive edge of your seat thriller, but it did have the suspense level there as for the majority I couldn't figure out who did it. I did, however, keep thinking it had to be this off the wall twist, and it wasn't, as my guesses on who really did it were actually accurate even though I kept telling myself it couldn't be that simple so dismissed it before the thought fully formed.
That being said, I still really liked it, even though the ending was a little too anticlimactic for me. It was still good, I still enjoyed it, and I did like the suspense, budding romance, and other side stories of the characters, and I do recommend it as a light suspense story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story starts with a group of kids serving detention for having cell phones in class but before detention is over, one kid has a medical emergency and dies which turns everyone else into suspects. This story follows the other kids and exposes their deepest secrets all before exposing the deepest of all. Interesting to see who actually killed Simon and why. A lot of twists and turns and shows that everything is not always as it seems.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. I couldn't wait to finish it. the story kept me on my toes and the performance for very believable. I didn't expect a lot from this book so it was a pleasant surprise.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to One of Us Is Lying the most enjoyable?
The various voice actors were so great; there wasn't one that I thought could've done better or lagged behind the others. I did have this theory of what was going to happen and I was so sure... Basically, throughout the whole book, I kept coming up with new theories and it always kept me on my toes. Karen M. McManus is definitely skilled at what she does.
What other book might you compare One of Us Is Lying to and why?
There's really nothing I can compare to this novel. It is one of those books about who killed this person, so you have this CSI kind of thing with a dash of The Breakfast Club. I honestly thought it was so original in a way that you wouldn't think could be.
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listen to a lot of books and this is the first time I've heard anything by these performers. Every single one ingrained themselves into his or her character so well that, like I said above, there isn't one that I can say didn't match the others.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I actually love the tagline for the book. Something like: "See if you can figure this out..." and then it describes the setting of the characters and the room where they had detention. I think that would work for the movie as well. That being said, if this is not made into a movie, I will be shocked.
Any additional comments?
Seriously, this book may seem to have a cliché premise, but it isn't that way at all. It's definitely worth listening to. You will not regret it and, if you do, well, I apologize. However, I was enthralled from the first chapter to the end of the book. It wasn't my favorite book of all time, but it definitely will be one of the top 10 for 2017.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
As I started listening, I very soon felt that "The Breakfast Club", and, more so, John Hughes should have shared the credits. Bronwyn/Claire, Nate/John, Cooper/Andrew, and to some extent Addy/Allison. Even the parents shared character traits with those in that film. What I failed to note before purchasing was that this book is geared to teens. Teens today don't even know "The breakfast Club", as it came out in '85. I still call a bit of plagiarism on the part of the author, but knowing it was intended for teens diluted my other irritations with the storyline. I stayed with it to the end, didn't see the plot twist coming, and overall don't regret my time. Glad I got it on a daily deal, though.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Wasn't as exciting and suspenseful as I thought. Kinda boring. Too high school, but I expected that.
I love mysteries and this book was awesome to try and figure it out. I solved it halfway through but the author did a great job with making me doubt if I was right. Hope the author writes more books like this one.