'One of Us Is Lying' by Karen McManus

‘One of Us Is Lying’ by Karen McManus. Image via Twitter @PenguinTeenAus.

‘One of Us Is Lying’: Viral murder mystery the perfect Youth Month read

A second season for the Netflix series based on Karen McManus’s young adult murder mystery ‘One of Us Is Lying’ is in the works.

'One of Us Is Lying' by Karen McManus

‘One of Us Is Lying’ by Karen McManus. Image via Twitter @PenguinTeenAus.

Ever since its rise in popularity, the social media app TikTok has been a driving force behind book sales. It has seen several authors reach star status and has promoted countless others in TikTok’s “book corner”, better known as BookTok.

Karen McManus is one of these authors. Her 2017 debut novel, a young adult murder mystery titled One of Us Is Lying (the first in her One of Us Is Lying series), went viral on BookTok, making it also a New York Times bestseller. It has also been adapted into a Netflix series by the same name which has recently been renewed for a second season.

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Too often, books that are very hyped fail to live up to the expectations. One of Us Is Lying is one of those rare gems that actually lives up to the global hype surrounding it.

One of Us Is Lying is the perfect combination of compelling characters and a strong story – both of which are vital in a good mystery.

McManus is a genius when it comes to portraying teenage angst without making it seem shallow or unrelatable to older readers. Even though this book is YA and aimed at readers between 15 to 20 years old, older readers will find just as much enjoyment in it as younger bookworms do.

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The mystery at the heart of this novel is full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It steers clear of typical and boring mystery tropes and is refreshing in its novelty.

Whether you are looking for a gift for a young bookworm in your life or you are in need of a light but well-written mystery, consider picking up One of Us Is Lying. It will not disappoint.

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On a Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention – Bronwyn, the nerd, Addy, the beauty, Nate, the criminal, Cooper, the athlete, and Simon, the person behind the notorious school gossip site.

Before the end of detention someone is dead. And according to investigators, this death wasn’t an accident.

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


Karen M McManus is a No 1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thrillers. Her books include the One of Us Is Lying series, which has been turned into a television show on Peacock and Netflix, as well as the standalone novels Two Can Keep a Secret and You’ll Be the Death of Me.

McManus is critically acclaimed and her award-winning work has been translated into more than 40 languages.

One of Us Is Lying is published by Penguin Books South Africa and is available for purchase at Exclusive Books stories for R104.