18 Sep 2018

Review: One of Us Is Lying

'' ''Everybody's got secrets,'' he says. ''Right?'' ''

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

From Goodreads:
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.

Withdrawals from the Gossip Girl series? Fret no more, this book is here to lift you from that awful pit of desperation.

Five go into detention, all of them, because of cell phones found in class. Four walks out of there, one is carried out feet first. They all saw what happened, but none of them really know what happened. In the following weeks, they uncover the truth behind the death of the high school's dreaded gossip app's creator. Not all is what it seems like at first. And the truth isn't something anyone wants to look into the eyes of.

The plot moves quite slowly after Simon dies. Some secrets are revealed and time is given to the characters and the reader to try to piece the truth together. Then breadcrumbs of the truth are begun to drop all over. Small clues, some more misleading than others.

All the high school cliches are represented here: the jock, the nerd, the prom queen, and the bad boy. What I loved was that they were only the cliches to outsiders. To their real friends, and to the reader they were themselves, their lives filled with deep and dark secrets. All of them had their own role to fulfil. Sometimes when you read a book filled with the cliched character group, some of them are there just to fill the space of a missing cliche, not actually being an operative part of the plot. This was not the case in One of Us Is Lying. Not at all. There was so much more that I wanted to know about them! There were some holes left to the reader to fill, but aside that the characters truly complimented the book.

The base of the book is quite simple, who killed Simon and how? The way the secrets of others and sacrifice of your own secrets and privacy are added to it makes it compelling and hard to quit reading. It keeps you on the edge of your seat to the last page, ready to surprise on every page. And although the ending makes perfect sense, it definitely wasn't what I expected at all.

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