Mystery · Young Adult

Audiobook Review – One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus #20booksofsummer #audiobook #bookreview

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion…

I was really excited to listen to this audiobook because it is my first with more than one narrator. There are four narrators, one for each of the main characters – Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper. The premise is simple, five students are given detention and only four make it out alive.

At the very beginning I thought this book was a bit too much like The Breakfast Club and was a little nervous it would continue throughout. I was extremely thankful that beyond the very opening chapters this book is no Breakfast Club! It is a murder mystery that casts suspicion on everyone. They all have something to hide and really hope that their secrets can remain hidden.

I enjoyed the multi-narrator format and feel that it gave the book a bit more depth. The only thing I did not care for was that each narrator did their own narration of the other characters. In other words, if the chapter was Addy’s perspective and Cooper popped into her chapter, then the Addy narrator did her own interpretation of Cooper rather than switching to Cooper’s narrator. I found it a bit confusing at times because when listening you get into the flow of each character by the narrator’s interpretation. It didn’t kill my enjoyment of the book, but it did take some time to get used to. It made me wonder if all books with more than one narrator followed the same format.

This book is now part of a series. Book two will be released in January of 2020. I will be eagerly awaiting its release and look forward to see where the story will go from here.

Book Details:

Genre: Young Adult
Series: One of Us Is Lying, #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 1/30/2017

*Book 2/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.

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13 thoughts on “Audiobook Review – One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus #20booksofsummer #audiobook #bookreview

  1. I really like this book, though I haven’t listened to the audio. I thought that the POVs sounded very similar while reading it, though, so I think the different narrators would definitely help with that.


  2. I really enjoyed this but I get what you mean about the narrators not reading their own dialogue. I hope they use the same narrators for the next book.


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