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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Summary: "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." - Amazon

I had such high hopes for this novel.  It's rated well, people I know really liked it, and the beginning had my full attention.  But ... it... drug... on....  And it falls pray to what most mystery novels fall prey to: a very predictable outcome.  I was hanging on to hope that what I thought happened didn't actually happen as it was the most predictable and easiest tie-it-up-with-a-bow ending possible.  But, alas, that's exactly what happened. 

I will give it to the author, however, for taking a very trite premise and making it at least finishable.

3/5

368 pages

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