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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus is a murder mystery, one that’s very popular. This is actually one of the books that got me into reading in the first place. There is also a sequel to this book which is called one of us is next and the third book is probably coming in 2022 end. It is About high school students. There are 5 of them and they are all in detention for different reasons. Basically, one of the five dies, and the blame is placed on the rest of them since all of them had motives to kill the fifth person. Here we find out who killed the fifth person in the end.

My thoughts

The thing I like the most about this book is that it does not focus just on the murder. We get to see all four characters growing up and their character development. How much they change throughout the book is uncanny. They all become so much better versions of themselves. All four of them are such likable characters. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Finished it in 2 days and started the sequel right after the first book.

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About the book

They are all suspicious of one another they also think that one of them did it. There are late-night meetings to discuss the strategy on how they are going to go forward, and how they going to prove their innocence. There’s the romance between characters. All their secrets is slowly revealed that made them suspects in the first place. Slowly they all become friends and start trusting one another and come to the realization that none of them could have killed after all. The four main characters are Cooper Clay ( the popular jock), Bronwyn Rojas ( the topper), Nate Macauley ( the screwed-up kid) and Adelaide Prentiss ( the popular blond). And the dead guy Simon Kelleher ( gossip website owner). There are other interesting characters in the book but the main focus is the lead characters.

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SPOILER

Towards the end, we find out that it was none of the four who killed Simon. As it turns out it was a suicide. The one that Simon planned with his best friend Jake ( Addy’s boyfriend). Jake also tries to kill addy in the end when she finds out Jake was behind all of this facade. In the end, Jake gets arrested and everything starts coming back to normal.

My favourite part of the book

Addy realizes how much control Jake had over her. Her sister helps her see it. Addy was basically always under Jake. She was always controlled and told what to do and what not to do. She realizes she was basically his pet. The realization gives addy so much strength to find herself and develop her character. She becomes the most likable character from nothing but a blond. I really like her character development and how each day she becomes stronger and takes control of her own life.

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Conclusion

To conclude this article I would like to say that this book is one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read. I would recommend everyone to read this book. It is never boring. It is definitely a page Turner and guesses what? The sequel is better than the first book. So I would strongly advise you to read it.

My takeaway from the book

My takeaway from the book is that nobody is perfect and you become the best version of yourself when you stop doubting yourself and hating yourself for your past mistakes. Your past doesn’t define you, it only makes you stronger. This book helped me so much mentally. It made me feel strong and powerful.

Thank you for reading this article.

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