Book Review

So, in my last post I mentioned that I have been blasting through books (thanks compulsive need to read five chapters at time or nothing at all) and this is one of the books I have recently finished. Let’s get stuck in to a wee review, shall we??

Yale hopeful BROWYN has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star COOPER only knows 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.

One of us is Lying is about 5 students that get detention for having mobile phones in class (although the phones are planted in their bags) and during detention one boy (Simon) has a severe allergic reaction and eventually dies in the hospital. There is a big investigation as foul-play is suspected and the remaining 4 students are all being questioned.

I really enjoyed this book. Physically, it’s soooo nice to look at with the red edge on the pages, and also in a literary sense. The story follows an ongoing murder investigation involving 4 high school students and is written from each of their individual point of view. The fact that the book is broken up in this way was fab for me because it didn’t focus on one character long enough to get bored so my interest was piqued for the duration of the book.

I completely fell in love with two characters in particular, Nate and Cooper. Nate is your typical bad boy, drug dealer from a broken home who has done time in prison, but when you strip it all back he is just a troubled teen trying to get through a shitty situation (with his bearded dragon). Cooper is the complete opposite. He is a golden boy and everyone bloody adores him. He is the star of the baseball team and has a lot of potential to go far in life. However, he is keeping a big secret (no spoilers) from his family and friends and is scared his life will fall apart if it gets out.

I was pretty much clueless up until just before you find out who is behind Simon’s death but eventually I did work it out and predicted the ending before it was revealed (my friend read this book and she said the same thing happened with her). I’m not saying the ending is ~super~ predictable because there are a lot of twists and turns that keep you on your toes, but eventually you are able to work out the ending.

All in all I really liked this book and it did keep me guessing at who was behind the death of Simon.

Have you read One of us is Lying? Did you think the ending was obvious or did it keep you on the edge of your seat?

Until next time…


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