Book review: High school drama turns deadly in ‘One of Us Is Lying’

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If you enjoyed Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, you may want to try Karen M. McManus’ new book “One of Us is Lying.”

ONE OF US IS LYING,” by Karen McManus, Delacorte Press, $17.99, 368 pages, (f)

Readers would be lying if they didn’t admit to enjoying “One of Us Is Lying.”

The new Karen McManus book tells the story of Yale University hopeful Bronwyn and her classmates Cooper (the athlete), Addy (the beauty) and Nate (the criminal), who all wind up in detention for the same reason.

And it’s during that detention that Simon, the creator of a gossip app, dies while drinking a cup of water.

Suddenly, the high school misfits find themselves stuck in a blame game under the eyes of the suspicious police. To avoid any lifelong consequences, Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy and Nate work together to figure who killed Simon, and why they’re being framed for it.

“One of Us Is Lying” is a classic young-adult thriller much in the vein of Sara Shepard’s “Pretty Little Liars” series, drawing readers immediately into the story. Readers have seen the novel’s high school setting and stereotypical main characters before, but McManus still manages gives the old clichés enough modern twists — like students flocking to Tumblr to hear the latest news or a gossip app that reveals students’ secrets — that the book feels fresh despite treading familiar ground.

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