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One of Us Is Next The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There's a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there's a whole new set of rulesCome on, Bayview, you know you've missed thisA 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 factsUntil now This time it's not an app, though—it's a game Truth or DarePhoebe'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 protectionSimon'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 As a devoted fan of Brat Pack movies and anything has 80’s vibes including Stranger Things, I adore this series I loved the first installment and I had quite amazing time during my reading, consumingpopcorn covered in parmesan cheese and gallons red wine! (My husband went on strike, stopped cooking for me but secretly he cooked himself and ate everything under the blanket not to get caught red handed!) I know I enjoyed the first bookbecause of its amazing Breakfast Club meets modern teen dramas (better than Riverdale and closer to Pretty Big Liars) In this new book we have three POVS including dear Maeve, recently saved our quartet’s asses with her brilliant investigation skills, Bronwyn’s sister (brain member of quartet, cheated on her exam at the first book), survivor of leukemia She and Knox were my favorite characters (Knox is totally sweet pie, geek meets boy next door, has a potential to turn into her heartbreaker if he doesn’t have golden heart and live under the roof with perfectionist dad and 4 different sisters whose names are also starting with “K” letter) I couldn’t connect so much with third narrator Phoebe, who is having real hard time to put back the pieces of her dysfunctional and traumatized family after her father’s death because of a construction accident and so far we know her family hasn’t been paid enough by the insurance coverage and Phoebe drifts apart with her sister Emma and her highly intelligent little brother Owen gets chirpier to get her family members’ attention But we terribly need this character because of the building of mystery ( I have to stop here not to give any clues about the cliffhangers and surprising revelations!) THINGS I LIKED:As I mentioned before Maeve and Knox are truly likable characters and I enjoyed their back stories and relationship dynamics with their family and their detective skills to solve the mystery behind the death of one of their classmates (Nope, I’m not gonna tell you who he is! Okay, I already told the gender! Slapping my forehead!) TRUTH OR DARE play concept is great premise and the author impeccably used it to raise the tension and confuse our minds If you don’t accept dare, one of your ugly secrets spills out and you may turn into a gossip tool by the meanest high school environment! Phoebe didn’t accept the dare and see what happened to her?Seeing the first book’s protagonists as supporting characters was enjoyable experiment And I actually root for Bronwyn (I hope I spelled right! What a challenging name!) and Nate from the beginning so I liked to see how their a little angsty romantic relationship improved And of course I liked to see Cooper again!The story’s mathematic and the reason behind the evil master’s game planning may be better than the first book’s plot line and I liked the shocking conclusion (Some parts are predictable but a final knife twist into your gut was brilliantly great move and I adored it!) The things I didn’t like: Yes, I didn’t enjoy reading Phoebe’s parts as much as Maeve and Knox’s stories And there are too many characters in this book There are three narrators and their families, friends and first book’s characters are also having important parts at the progression of the storyline as well which makes you confused and hurts your brain cells Concentrating on the characters and their back stories made me lose my attention to the main plot So I cut one of my stars Overall: I still enjoyed this series, its tribute to Brat Pack movies and teen thriller series This is one of fastest reads and one of my most anticipated YA thriller books of the year I highly recommend it I’m looking forward the next book of the author and going back to my kitchen to find something nutritional to eat to wash it down with my last Cabernet bottle! This was a solid sequel! I really appreciate the work Karen M McManus does in fleshing out each of her characters She makes sure we get to know every single one of them understand them On top of that, she does a great job of providing a surprising plot I like the fact that it doesn't just end with the explosive point the story reaches and that we get a bit of cushion at the end to see the aftermath of everything All in all, I really enjoyed this book. ETA: I hope you all enjoy going back to Bayview!***We'll get a title and description up here eventually :) A deadly game of Truth or Dare? [slams fist on table] THAT'S THE KIND OF SHIT I LIKE TO SEE

  • Hardcover
  • 377 pages
  • One of Us Is Next
  • Karen M. McManus
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 9780525707967

About the Author: Karen M. McManus

www.karenmcmanus.com, or on Twitter, where I'm @writerkmc Karen M McManus is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us Is Next Her fourth novel, The Cousins, will publish in December 2020 Her work has been translated into than 40 languages worldwide Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master's degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels For information, visit


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