If you've just spent half term with a teenager dripping about and are determined to have some good reading matter lined up for them for the summer then you could so much worse than this, reviewed by a tame 14 year old I know:
One of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, is the sort of book you can never put down. It focuses on a group of teenagers, who witness the unexpected death of one on of their classmates, Simon, while in detention with him. Suddenly, the four students find themselves suspects in a murder investigation. They all had a motive and a chance to commit the crime, but as more characters become involved, it becomes clear that some people may have wanted Simon dead more than others.
One of Us Is Lying is fast paced and full of plot twists, the characters are unique with contrasting personalities and the setting of a high school makes the theme of murder seem all the more dangerous, which adds to the excitement. The story finishes with a surprising climax that will leave you amazed.
This book would be perfect to pack for a journey or to read while on holiday. I would recommend it for all teenagers, who like a page-turner. If you enjoyed it, you may also like Between the Lies, by Cathy MacPhail.
I have read this book too and agree with the reviewer: it really is a page turner and it kept this middle-aged reader as engaged as the teen. Not least because it is very reminiscent of the film The Breakfast Club, though One of Us is Lying follows the disparate group of protagonists beyond the detention until the clever reveal at the end.