One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

GoodReads Summary:
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.
One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)Review:
I always forget how much I enjoy mystery/thrillers until I’m reading them. This one was no different. I really enjoyed the mystery of who is in control of the truth or dare game. The one problem I had with this book is similar to the ones I had with her previous books; the characters were sort of hard to distinguish between. I found myself wondering whose chapter I was in. I would say that I wished I listened to the audiobook, but that’s the route I went for the other books and I had the same problem.
Aside from that, I really enjoyed this. The characters were interesting and I was invested in their stories. I liked that they had problems other than the truth or dare game. Their relationships and friendships were fun and I enjoyed them.
Overall, this was a fun read and I got through it quickly. I wonder if there’s going to be another book because of the way this ended. I think the ending was the part I disliked the most.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

GoodReads Summary:
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.
The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
Two Can Keep a SecretReview:
Looking for your next audiobook? Well, you’ve found it. Two Can Keep a Secret had two narrators that read the alternating perspectives of Ellery and Malcolm. They did such a great job of putting life into their characters. Especially toward the end when all of the action was happening.
I have to start off by saying that the mystery in this story was so good. I had myself convinced it was someone different every fifty pages or so. But the actual reveal, there’s no way I would have predicted that. I think this story was so compelling. I didn’t want to stop listening whenever I put it on.
I also adored the characters. They were diverse and distinct. I didn’t feel like any of them were out of place. They all held my interest and made me want to know more about them.
Overall, I’m going to keep this review short and to the point. I really had fun with the different stories and all the different characters. I also really enjoyed all of the twists (there were quite a few that had me dropping my jaw). I already can’t wait to see where the mystery goes in McManus’ next book.

Keep reading lovelies, Amanda.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, The Brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, The Beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, The Criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, The Athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, The Outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
One of Us Is LyingReview:
I chose to listen to this book on audiobook because I was on sort of a time crunch to read it before the end of February. So, when I saw it available from my library, I knew I could fly through it while doing other things. I’ve heard mixed reviews about One of Us is Lying, but I ended up enjoying it. I was expecting it to be more of a thriller, but it was mostly just mystery. I enjoyed the up and down of the story with a surprise here, a reveal there. I think the pace of the story was well done. It was fast enough where I was interested in the mystery and figuring out what happened but slow enough where I felt like I really got to know the characters and feel their struggles.
The characters are really what made this story for me. I really enjoyed the idea of each of them having a label and then learning that they might not be exactly what they’re labeled as. I enjoyed getting to know each character and learning more about them. Bronwyn is the smart girl, but she’s also a sister and a friend, determined and fiercely loyal. Addy is the princess, but only because of the influence of others. She realizes that and really takes time to figure out who she is and wants to be. Nate may do criminal things, but it’s because he has no other choice. Cooper plays baseball and is good at it, but there’s so much more to him than that. And Simon is an outcast, but it seems that he made things that way himself.
I think the audiobook made this book ten times better. If I read the book physically, I think I may have been bored or not as invested in the story. The four narrators did an incredible job bringing life and personality into their characters and the rest of the story.
Overall, I wasn’t blown away by the story, but I enjoyed the experience of reading it. I didn’t predict any of the twists or reveals, but there weren’t any jaw dropping moments. I really adored the characters and their interactions most of all. I recommend the audiobook for sure if you’re interested in reading this story.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.