- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
- Scheduled Audible.com Release Date: May 30, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y1RJ9Q1
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One of Us Is Lying Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
So you have 5 stereotypical characters, and the Gossip - Simon, ends up dead at the end of detention. The rest of the books focuses on figuring out who killed Simon - each diving into the characters and their supporting cast of family and friends.
This book is really well written with the narrator's voice alternating across the four surviving students. Each chapter reveals more about each character and helps build up motives, suspicions and add plot twists and turns. No one is as simple as they initially seem. And each turn of narration peels back the layers on each character and helps build the web of relationships between the characters. I'm not normally a fan of multiple narrators but this really drives the plot and is executed flawlessly.
This book is really a page-turner. I picked it up on Friday afternoon and had inhaled it by Saturday night. It moves with a quick pace - that still develops each character and reveals more and more about the victim of the book. Its been about 20 years since I've been in High School, but the story line is real and very relatable. Relationships, peer pressure, social media, complicated family relationships, and gossip all drive this plot. Each chapter and part of the book help build up and show newer and bigger surprises to all of the story lines! I really enjoyed seeing the characters grow and morph into robust young adults, with strong qualities and characteristics. You also empathize with their experiences and see how their choices and decisions led up to the circumstances that entangle them all with Simon. One of my favorite characters is Addy - who matured beautifullly into a strong character.
The ending is quite a well revealed surprise - I'm not going to share any spoilers. Smoothly and believably orchestrated, you won't be disappointed. The author does an excellent job of tying up plot lines, with perhaps one or two areas that could be improved in terms of tightening up loose ends. You really want to hate the villans in this book and you can relate to the social pressures the characters reveal.
I can't wait to share this book with my teen neices! I think they will really enjoy this.
Although these 4 students barely knew each other before detention that start to get to know each other as they are framed for murder. They become close and you see different angles of these students that weren't there before. But even though they start to trust one another, they are also weary of one another because one of them could be the murderer in their so called murder club.
Every chapter is told by one of the four students that are being accused of Murder. They are all in 1st person narrative. And usually I had an easy time figuring out who was talking because the author did give each character a different voice. Some times I would confuse the narrators. Bronwyn is smart one, Cooper is almost like a dumb jock in his narratives he is very clueless about a lot of stuff, Nate is the bad boy drug dealer with a bad home environment, and Addy is the princess who always gets second place and didn't know how to speak for herself and let her boyfriend do everything for her.
Overall I really liked this book. There was a point when I thought I knew who the killer is. But it would change because of how well the narrative was. I did think it was the real killer at the beginning of the book but changed my mind a couple of times. But this is a really good put together book, it wasn't boring at all, there was always something new popping up that made the book keep going and interesting. It isn't really obvious who the killer is throughout the book which makes it fun to read.
The book is all about four stereotypical students having to spend detention with their fellow student that has a gossip blog. When Simon, the gossip, dies in a mysterious way during that detention, the other four students are immediately put in the spotlight. During the investigation, the police find an unpublished blog that has information that ruin those four students that were in the room with Simon. Did one or more of them conspire to kill Simon or are they innocent? My lips are sealed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the "whodunnit" aspect was done quite well. When I wasn't reading the book, I would debate in my mind about who I thought had done the misdeed. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what would happen. The author did a great job in creating these characters and I found myself liking them and hoping that none of them were the killer. This is the author's debut novel and I would gladly read her next book, especially if it's as good as this one.
If you love mystery thriller type of books-you'll certainly love this one. I highly recommend giving this book a read, you won't regret it!