Book Review: One of Us Is Next

One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Book Blurb

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 as he could. The problem is no one has the facts.
Until now.
This time it’s not an app, thoughโ€”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 betterโ€”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.

My Thoughts

CW: murder, death, sexual assault, bullying, cancer, etc.

This one was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I did not love it. It wasn’t mind-blowing. It wasn’t amazing. It was supposed to be suspenseful and mysterious and surprising, and it wasn’t any of it.

Eighteen months after Simon’s death in Bayview, someone starts a deadly game of Truth and Dare. Maeve, Knox and Phoebe, all of them are hiding skeletons in their closet and someone is trying to keep Simon’s legacy even if it turns out to be a tough act to follow, and threatening to out them and make their lives miserable!

This book is actually interesting if you love high-schools and gossips and dramas and deadly games of Truth and Dare. I did find it very fascinating and fun to read because I’m a very nosey person. Oh, also, there’s a death that takes place in mysterious circumstances that you’ll probably be interested in. This book pretty much had every ingredient that’s required to make a fun and intriguing story, but it didn’t manage to pull it off and knock me off my feet. The same thing had happened when I had read Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus. It was pretty okay but I was expecting it to be so much more. One of Us Is Lying still remains my favorite work by the author.

I definitely enjoyed the plot — it’s interesting and pulls you in as soon as you start reading the book. You do not want to put it down. The writing is very simple, but I really enjoy the author’s writing every time. It’s engaging and never bores you.

I also loved two of the main characters — Maeve is definitely my favorite. I relate to her a lot on so many levels and she’s just a nice person, overall. I enjoyed reading from Knox’s point of view as well and found his relationship with his father interesting. Also, Maeve and Knox are friendship goals! I really adore the duo. They’re really, really amazing. I also enjoyed learning about what the characters from the previous novel were up to. I actually loved Maeve with Luis — they’re so adorable!

I don’t think I have any more positives to say about it even though it wasn’t bad. I definitely enjoyed it but I didn’t love it, so I’m instead gonna talk about the things that went awry.

The first thing that comes to my mind is how underwhelming everything was in the book. It felt like the author didn’t take it seriously. I wanted murders. I wanted some thrill. I wanted it to be like One of Us Is Lying and it wasn’t. And no, I didn’t compare it to the first one while I was reading it. I’m only comparing it right now, and that’s because something went wrong…and I need to know what it was. I didn’t even feel like knowing who was behind Truth and Dare and who was leaking their secrets to the world. I did try to guess and I like it when I’m wrong, and I wasn’t.

Also, some of the characters managed to ruffle my feathers and I’m not happy about it. Moreover, I did not like Phoebe much. She does not even feel like a person to me. I did like Maeve and Knox though. I also have no clue why the main characters always need to date in books? I mean, they can just be friends instead when they’re not even compatible.

I did think the last three pages were better, but they weren’t great either. Overall, it was a very underwhelming book and I do recommend it, but only to people who don’t give a damn about the suspense part and are only interested in the characters.

So, are you gonna read this one? Let’s talk in the comments!

13 thoughts on “Book Review: One of Us Is Next

    1. I wanted it to be a good one because I do enjoy this author’s stories. I enjoyed this one too but I guess I expected way too much? Thank you, Yesha! ๐Ÿ’“

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  1. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you wanted to. I’m still a bit hesitant to pick this series up. I’ve heard such different opinions on it not sure if I’d like it. Thank you for sharing,


  2. Great review ๐Ÿ™‚ sorry it didnโ€™t reach your expectations! I have read โ€˜One of Us is Lyingโ€™ so I feel like I might have to give this one a try and see what I think โ€“ as I am nosy and into drama and gossip too haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I loved One of Us Is Lying and I really thought I’d love this one too. I was never bored while reading it but it just wasn’t great :(( I hope you enjoy it more than I did, though! ๐Ÿ’“

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  3. I read One of Us is Lying & honestly, I didn’t love it. I wasn’t planning on ever picking up this sequel & your review has officially confirmed that for me!

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