Wednesday, the 25th of November, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, simply pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what it’s about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
Today my pick is yet another young adult mystery (I seem to be reading or picking these up a lot lately), and the first in a series of the name name with (so far) two books, One of Us is Lying (2017) by Karen M. McManus.
Described as a mash up of The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars, in this one, we have five students, Yale hopeful, Bronwyn (‘who has never publicly broken a rule’); Cooper, sports star (‘who only knows what he’s doing in the basketball diamond’); Nate, bad boy (‘only one misstep away from a life of crime’); Addy, prom queen (‘holding together the cracks in her perfect life’) and Simon, creator of a notorious gossip app at Bayview High. On Monday afternoon, all five walk into detention, but Simon never makes it out of the room–and this just 24 hours before he was set to post their deepest secrets online. All four immediately become suspects but did one of them actually do it or are they ‘the perfect pasties for the killer still on the loose’?
It is only in the last few years that I have been picking up young adult fiction a lot, mostly after coming across titles that sounded interesting on YouTube or Goodreads. And Young Adult mysteries have come to my notice that way as well (as also via NetGalley), and to my own surprise I have ended up enjoying a lot of them. This one being in what sounds like a typical high-school setting had me a little sceptical but being a mystery/whodunit proper (which I mostly can’t resist, as I’m sure is clear from my posts by now:)), I also did want to give it a shot, so I ended up ordering a copy. Goodreads friends have given it pretty positive reviews as well, so let’s see. I’m hoping this will turn out to be an enjoyable read.
The author Karen M. McManus lives in Massachusetts. She holds a masters degree in journalism, and has written three young adult mysteries/thriller, with a fourth book out later this year.
Have you read this one? How did you like it? Do you enjoy young adult mysteries? Which are some of your favourites? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!
Find Lisa’s pick this week, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth here