One of Us is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
Five students walk into detention, only four walk out alive.
The title is misleading. The summary is misleading. I mean, look how ominous that sounds. “Only four walk out alive.” And, if you really want to get into it, Simon didn’t even die during detention, he died later in the hospital. But that’s not the point. I went into this expecting a murder mystery. Someone was supposed to have had it out for Simon and the narrators were implied to be unreliable. Instead I got a teen drama where someone happened to die. There wasn’t really any tension and the big reveal wasn’t a surprise. I liked the idea of this book, but when I read it I just wasn’t into it. Clearly I’m the minority here based on the average rating of this book. I just want more murder and mystery out of my murder mysteries.