Back at you with another book review! This week we’re going to take a look at ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. Mcmanus
I started this book a few weeks ago, and it admittedly took me quite a while to get through, unlike the last book I reviewed. Partly because it was thicker, partly because it was holiday season and I was occupied, but mostly because this book seemed to drag on.
Don’t get me wrong, the story line was pleasant and interesting, but it was chock full of overwhelming and unnecessary details.
The book is about a group of High school students all stuck in detention all for mysterious reasons. But when one of the students dies a mysterious death the others instantly become murder suspects. As the book goes on the mystery slowly, and I mean SLOWLY unravels. Out of 358 pages I would say you only get insight into the crime itself in the first and last 50 pages, leaving the other 250 pages to be filled with OVERLY informative aspects of the 4 students that we really don’t need to know.
The characters themselves were pretty three dimensional, and we got to know them pretty well but there’s a point where you have to stop and ask yourself how much is too much? I did, however, like how the author attempted to include multiracial characters.
Over all I would give the book a 2.5 out of 5. I would have liked a little more action and suspense as apposed to mundane every day life.
Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!