‘One of Us Is Lying’ is a fairly standard whodunnit of its genre; five classmates gather in detention at Bayview High School; one of them, Simon, doesn’t leave alive. Police have reason to believe he was murdered, and the four remaining students become prime suspects in the investigation. Addy, Bronwyn, Nate and Cooper all have reputations to uphold – and BIG secrets to hide; secrets that should they become known would ruin them. The thing is, their secrets were known; their secrets were already uploaded and ready to publish on Simon’s online gossip site, About That, giving each of them a reasonable motive to kill!
If you like all-American high school drama, then you will love this book; baseball, homecoming, Yale, jocks, sports scholarships – it’s all there, told first person, in turn, by each of the four main characters. It took me a little while to get my head around the character perspectives, but ‘One of Us Is Lying’ is a well-told and readable story. I give it 3 stars.