February 24, 2018

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarMCMANUS, Karen M. One of Us Is Lying. 9 CDs. 11:44 hrs. Listening Library. May 2017. $65. ISBN 9781524756901. digital download.

Gr 9 Up –Five high school students walk into a normal Monday after-school detention but only four leave alive. Simon, the dead student, was despised for the secrets he revealed in his toxic gossip app targeting the students of Bayview High. The remaining four students all have reasons to want Simon dead, and the police quickly zoom in on all of them as murder suspects. The author leaves plenty of red herrings along the way, keeping listeners in suspense. The use of multiple narrators and perspectives with alternating chapters enhances this compelling mystery. The part of brainiac/good girl Bronwyn is read by Kim Mai Guest; popular jock-with-a-kind- heart Cooper is read by MacLeod Andrews; beautiful but diffident Addy is read by Shannon McManus; and bad boy Nate is read by Robbie Daymond. All do wonderful jobs immersing themselves into the roles, showing their characters’ remorse, confusion, anxiety, and terror while tension builds and their secrets are revealed. Teens will find the characters engaging and enjoy the fast-paced storyline. VERDICT This is an ideal purchase for teens who love thrillers and puzzles.–Julie Paladino, formerly at East Chapel Hill High School, NC

This review was published in the School Library Journal August 2017 issue.

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