Book Reviews, YA book reviews

One of Us is Next (One of Us is Lying #2) by Karen M. McManus – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  9 January 2020

Publisher: Penguin Australia

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384



It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late . . .





Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for providing me with a copy of One of Us is Next, in exchange for an honest review!

As this is book 2 in the series, there may be spoilers for the first book, One of Us is Lying in my review


I must admit, I wasn’t entirely captivated by One of Us is Lying so I was a little nervous going in to this book, but I loved it!  One of Us is Next takes us back to Bayview, where the people caught up in the Simon episode of last year are moving on with their lives.  When a series of texts start coming though to students at Bayview, instructing them to get involved in a truth or dare game, they initially think it’s just another Simon copycat with too much time on their hands, but when the first person to receive the text ignores it, one of their devastating secrets is revealed.  As some start to take the Dare and other’s chance a truth being revealed, the game becomes more dangerous than any of them anticipated.

Told from the points of view of Maeve (Bronwyn’s sister) and newcomers Knox and Phoebe, One of us is Next managed to build both anticipation and mystery, with some brilliant twists toward the end.  I love that this book followed a different set of teens, with some of the old characters as side acts.  One of us is Lying didn’t feel like it needed a sequel, so designing it as more of a spin off story worked so well.  I loved the inclusion of information such as the people involved couldn’t tell the teachers at school about the unwanted game, because there had already been threats to have phones banned altogether after other Simon copycats had emerged.  I so often find myself rolling my eyes and yelling “Just tell a grown up so they can sort it out!” at teen books, so I really appreciate when there’s some sort of explanation as to why they didn’t ask for help! haha 😆

All in all, I couldn’t put this rollercoaster of a book down and it actually made me want to go back and reread One of us is Lying again!








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