Review: One Of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

Blurb: Another year. Another drama. A whole new set of rules…
Bayview High is just about recovered from the death of gossip king Simon Kelleher a year ago. Now there’s a copycat in town who isn’t ready to forget him just yet. A school-wide game of Truth or Dare seems fun, right? But this game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even fatal. The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late…

Title: One Of Us is Next

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin Books, part of the Penguin Random House Group

Genre: Fiction, YA, Thriller

Review:

We’re back in the town of Bayview where a brand new game of truth or dare is seeing the deaths of more students – and it’s down to Maeve, Knox and Phoebe to piece together just who could be behind it.

As a follow up to One of Us is Lying, I had really high hopes for this book and I can’t say that I was disappointed! While it wasn’t quite as brilliant as the first book, I flew through this story just as fast, eager to find out who was behind Bayview’s newest murderous scandal. We join Bronwyn’s younger sister, Maeve, who we see a little in the first book as she takes on a faceless game player who seems intent on spilling everyone’s darkest secrets. Character-wise I enjoyed that we got to see the characters from the previous book, even though they weren’t front and centre, as it made for a nice transition between the two stories. I also loved that Maeve became one of our main characters as she was one of my favourites – a genius hacker with a desire to look out for her friends – and it was a nice way to move into her world rather than that of the Bayview Four.

The idea behind this story is a game of truth or dare turned deadly which isn’t something that I’d read before. That was all backed up by a more interwoven and complicated plot that became the real centre of the story. The first few rounds of truth or dare, before we know about anything going on behind the scenes, are perfect for drawing you back into the world of Bayview High. Coupled with everyone hanging out at Café Contigo, you get a real feel for the high school atmosphere which made you feel as if you were there yourself (especially since you’d already formed bonds with a lot of the characters).

I also loved the cliffhanger ending! I won’t give away too much here but the glaringly obvious hint in the transcripts at the end of the book could spark a whole other story on their own – and I’d definitely be excited to read it!

As for what I disliked, there wasn’t much! My main gripe was the ending. Everything came together fairly quickly and was almost hastily explained as the characters caught each other up. I wanted to know more about the online forum and Emma’s part in everything as I feel like more could have been made from it. However, I still enjoyed this book and there are a lot of great points about it which made it a worthwhile read.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or who was a fan of the first book in this series!

Rating: 4/5

Recommend?: Yes


Have you read this book or any others by this author? What did you think? I’d love to know!

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