I think crime and mystery are two genres that are underrated. I mean, usually when people talk about what books they like reading, the two most popular choices are fantasy or contemporary, but crime and mystery rarely get a look-in. And I think that’s because it takes a certain writer to be able to write these genres really well — in a way that stays with the reader long after the final page and makes them wish they could reread it for the first time again.
Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body 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.
Recently, I read One of Us is Lying, and that novel was one that I’d been looking forward to for the entire year. There was a reasonable amount of hype surrounding it, and I desperately wanted to get my hands on what was supposed to be one of the best YA crime novels of 2017. As soon as I opened it up, I knew that my excitement had not been misplaced. The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us is Lying is a book that will captivate you and keep you guessing until the final page.
While the four main characters could have been written as stereotypes, the author’s talent in creating vibrant, realistic characters with hidden secrets and diverse backstories made these people anything but simple. I loved getting to know the Jock, the Mean Girl, the Goodie Goodie and the Bad Boy, and found that these characters weren’t as predictable as they were first made out to be. I never knew who I could fully trust, and I was second-guessing all of them until the very end. There’s nothing I love more than unreliable or questionable characters.
The plot itself I can’t say much about without just stating that it was thrilling and intriguing, and that the narrative was filled with twists and turns I never saw coming. Although I know some people were able to guess the ending fairly early on, I had no idea what was coming, and I was completely shocked because of the way things turned out. But the mystery wasn’t the only thing that kept me hooked. The dramas between characters and the issues that they faced because of the catalyst at the start of the story made me desperate to read on and find how they would work their way out of the difficult position they were placed in.
Ultimately, One of Us is Lying is a book that you have to go into not knowing much. It was intriguing and full of twists, which made this novel an absolute page-turner, and one that I didn’t want to put down. If you’re looking for another crime / mystery novel, I highly recommend checking out One of Us is Lying!
Have you read One of Us is Lying yet? Were you able to tell what was going to happen? What are your favourite crime / mystery novels? Do you read a lot of them? Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Penguin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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Gorgeous Sherlock and John image sourced from Pinterest.
Magnifying glass image sourced from Emaze.