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The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There's a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there's a whole new set of rules. Come on, Bayview, you know you've missed this. A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts. Until now. This time it's not an app, though-it's a game. Truth or Dare. Phoebe's the first target. If you choose not to play, it's a truth. And hers is dark. Then comes Maeve and she should know better-always choose the dare. But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it's that they can't count on the police for help. Or protection. Simon's gone, but someone's determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there's a whole new set of rules. And don't miss Two Can Keep a Secret, Karen's third âmust-read YA thrillerâ (Bustle)! Cast of Audiobook Narrators: Holly Linneman as PHOEBE Maria Liatis as MAEVE Fred Berman as KNOX Karissa Vacker as THE NARRATOR Praise for One of Us Is Lying: âPretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club . so make room for One of Us Is Lying in your bags, because this is one carry-on you won't want to put down. â -EW. com âYou'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller. â-Bustle. com âA whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end. â-Popcrush âTwisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat. â-The Guardian âThis is no ordinary whodunitâ¦surprising and relevant. â-USA Today
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- Publisher : Penguin Group USA; Unabridged edition (January 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1094259004
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094259000
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,215,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book focuses on Maeve (who you will remember as Bronwyn's sister from One of Us is Lying ), Her BFF Knox and Phoebe.
And in this book someone has designed a gossip App as a game of Truth or Dare. If you are selected you have 24 hours to reply Truth (and a truth about you will be sent to everyone) or Dare ( you must perform a dare that is given to you.) Or if you don't respond at all then it defaults to truth.
Phoebe is chosen first and her truth is devastating. The next couple of people pick dare, and they are harmless pranks. And then Maeve is picked and she decides to ignore it and the truth that is revealed is just as devastating as Phoebe's. And then the next dare becomes deadly and Maeve decides she is going to get to the bottom of who is behind this all and stop if once and for all.
I loved all the characters in this book, especially Knox. They all meshed well together and at times that had me smiling with their interactions. The ending has so many twists and turns I was on the edge of my seat.
“Come on ,Bayview, you know you missed this…”
It’s true. I did miss it, which is why I could not wait to start it! When I first heard that “One of Us is Lying” was getting a sequel, I was super excited. “One of Us is Next” picks up a little over a year after the events of book one. The original Bayview four have all graduated and a new set of Bayview students are up for grabs. As usual, I’m not going to go into the details, be sure to check out the synopsis.
I really went back and forth with the rating for this book. Not to say that I didn’t enjoy it but I did feel that the pacing was a little slow at times and that there were some side plots that could’ve been cut. As far as the “truth or dare” aspect, it really took a backseat to everything else.
With that said, I loved the characters. Maeve and Knox are definitely my favorites. I saw the twist coming but I’ll blame my love of thrillers for that. The last few chapters were definitely action packed although the ending was a tad bit abrupt. Overall, it was a solid sequel and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Book: One Of Us Is Next
Author: Karen M. McManus
Book Series: One Of Us Is Lying Book 2
Diversity: Gay couples, different races featured prominently throughout the book
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Genre: YA Mystery
Recommended Age: 16+ (some mature scenes, violence, slight gore, death)
Publisher: Delacorte Press for Young Readers
Synopsis: Come on, Bayview, you know you've missed this.
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.
This time it's not an app, though—it's a game.
Truth or Dare.
Phoebe's the first target. If you choose not to play, it's a truth. And hers is dark.
Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.
But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it's that they can't count on the police for help. Or protection.
Simon's gone, but someone's determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there's a whole new set of rules.
Review: I love Karen McManus’ books. They’re full of mystery and they really keep you guessing from beginning to end. I thought the characters were developed well and the tension carried from the start to the finish. The book also isn’t reliant on your knowledge of the first book, so it can be read without reading the first one. Although, there are spoilers for the first book if you do that route. The mystery is also very intriguing and will keep readers from beginning to finish.
The only issue I had with the book is that I felt like there wasn’t as many hints to the end mystery as there were in the other two books. A big part of a mystery is figuring out whodunit for yourself.
Verdict: A well done mystery!
After One of Us is Lying and Simon’s death, I was convinced Bayview High would have learned some lessons about technology use and gossip forums, but this is not the fact of the matter, as a Truth or Dare game enters into the student body social media connections and just like “lemmings” the students latch on and do not let go. Simon’s revenge forum ignites with students waiting for the truth or dare, secretly interested in what they may find out and enjoying the dare task completion. The principal is in the dark, as is the parent community, as they are blinded believing their “zero-tolerance policy toward gossip and bullying has proven highly effective” (108). Will the game stop before lives are altered forever? Will Bayview pull together or continue to act like “lemmings” encouraging the gossip and hurt amongst their own?
I highly recommend One of Us is Next! Must read!
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2020
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This book starts off a year after the first, we have some new characters and the reappearance of some of our original four. Maeve (Bronwyn's sister) is now one of the main narrators, along with a girl named Phoebe who works in a local coffee shop where Maeve and Addy like to hang out. We also now have Knox - who is Maeve's best friend and ex-boyfriend. I loved getting to see more of Maeve and seeing her develop as a character in her own right. Knox is so sweet and a bit of a nerd, always just on the outskirts but still caring and thoughtful and willing to help others. Phoebe is sassy and funny but also sweet, we also see her sister Emma and find out about her background which helps her to be relatable.
Of course we have appearances from Bronwyn and Nate, Addy is around a lot with her sister Ashton and the lawyer Eli, and Copper makes start appearances but isn't a full focus of the story.
I was nervous how the dynamics would be different with new characters and old ones going off to college but it worked really well, I liked the new groups and found myself wanting to know all I could about them.
Simon has been gone for a year now, but some people are trying to keep his gossip alive, there have been some copycat blogs and messages, but most of those have been shut down - but then a text goes out. The biggest game of Truth or Dare in history is going to be played. Everyone in Bayview High is glued to their phones - who will be the first to pay? If you text back Truth, your worst secret will be revealed, if you text back Dare, you will be given a task to complete. If you don't reply - your worst secret is revealed anyway.
The pace of this book is perfect, the perfect mix of action, dialogue and information. Considering the most tragic part is about halfway through, you think it would then drag, but then things start to get even more serious and our group have to find out who is behind it all before something else blows up in everyone's faces. Hopefully no one else will get hurt, but this player is very clever and he has revenge on his mind.
In my opinion this book was even better than the first and I wish there were more from this series. I haven't been this absorbed in a book for a long time, something that can just grip me and carry me away.
The only thing I didn't like as much was that the ending was a little bit open ended, I wanted to know what would happen next and if there would be anything further, but overall I can see why she ended it this way, and it didn't destroy my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
A definite must read!
Yet there was something a little unsatisfying about the plot this time around. While One of Us Is Lying felt believable, I did feel that the Truth or Dare game went a bit far. The scale of it was just too vast, and I couldn't believe that (following the events of the previous story) that the entire school would be able to keep it a secret from parents, teachers and authorities.
The pacing of the story also slowed down dramatically in its seconds half. While the first chapter reveals that one student will die, the identity of this person is not revealed until the mid-point of the novel. After this, the story changes quite drastically. The Truth or Dare game - the driving force of the first half - completely fades from the tale as the mystery becomes much further-reaching. While I won't say any more here for fear of spoilers, I will just say that I found this second half of the story to be less gripping. It just did not maintain the fast pace of the opening, and I quickly got a handle of who the killer had to be.
Yet, while it is easy to guess who the guilty party is, the novel does do a great job of fleshing out their motives over the final act. The climax unveils twist after twist, neatly drawing together all the threads of the plot in a satisfying conclusion. That is, until the sting. Sadly, the final twist is not revealed until the final couple of pages and this is where it all fell down for me. This last reveal just pushed my suspension of disbelief to the limit, leaving me with a bit of a bad-taste in my mouth.
In terms of character, the novel was certainly as strong as One of Us Is Lying. While the characters of the first book do have minor roles in this story, it focuses more on Maeve (Bronwyn's younger sister) and her circle of friends. While their narrative voices could sometimes be a little samey, all three of the narrators were very sympathetic and were wonderfully fleshed out as the story progressed. I was particularly fond of Knox in particular, especially as the novel explored his feelings of inadequacy and awkward relationship with his strict father.
So, all in all, this novel is certainly worth reading if you enjoyed the original. While the plot isn't quite as strong, it is a well-written mystery with a very strong core cast. I will certainly be reading more of McManus's work in the future.
A very intriguing, entertaining and suspenseful book that had me gripped right up until the last page. I’m definitely a sucker for YA mystery thrillers, especially if there are games involved and in this case, Truth or Dare is our deviously dangerous game that this story is revolved around.
I really liked how the characters from the first novel, One of Us Is Lying, had been incorporated into the sequel. I had only read that book at the end of last year however, it’s easy to forget events that happen sometimes so it was great to revisit being back at Bayview High School. The characters that we focus on in this multi-narrative story are: Maeve, Phoebe and Knox. I really enjoyed reading about all three protagonists, I thought these characters and their backstories had been developed incredibly well, all unique to one another.
I would love to see this sequel gain another book in this series as I really love the characters that we meet and learn about. McManus is very talented in her writing when it comes to creating characters and building up their relationships with one another.
The only reason why I didn’t give this book the full five stars was due to the main plot twist that takes place, as I started to cotton on to who it’s most likely to be. Which I guessed correctly, however there were still elements of surprise which I didn’t expect from this novel that made me thoroughly enjoy it.
I would say that this book could be read as a standalone but it does include a lot of information and characters from the first book so it might be best to read that one first before moving onto One of Us Is Next then you’ll be clued up on all the events that took place. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of YA mystery thrillers, fast-paced and suspenseful novels.
I love the build up, the drama and the teenage angst but by the time it starts to unravel, I've already guessed the ending. Even though I can guess 'who dunnit' it never spoils the book.
I really can't reccomend these books enough.
More from Bayview please.
Scrap that, just more books please Karen!! I could read your writing style all day.