One Of Us Is Next Paperback – 9 January 2020
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'McManus keeps the juicy subplots ticking over and drip-feeds reveals as clinically as an IV tube.' ― The Guardian
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- Item Weight : 266 g
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241376920
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241376928
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Penguin (9 January 2020)
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I still can't believe that I finally finished it. BANNG ONNN!!
It was a bit slow in the beginning but the ending was so AWESOME that it made me forget all the flaws this book had.
It was not only a thriller but it had a strong social message. Everything was portrayed in such a manner that I can't express it.
It gives a strong message of family bonding and the problem teenagers go through. This book portrays that we all need a good guidance in our lives. If we don't, then we ruin our lives as well as the lives of people around us. It also teaches a lesson to all those people who think that they have the freedom to play with a person's life.
It was an amazing book with a strong message. I recommend all the YA Fiction lovers to read it.
It was a job very well done by the author. Kudos to Ms McManus!!!!
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I love the build up, the drama and the teenage angst but by the time it starts to unravel, I've already guessed the ending. Even though I can guess 'who dunnit' it never spoils the book.
I really can't reccomend these books enough.
More from Bayview please.
Scrap that, just more books please Karen!! I could read your writing style all day.
Yet there was something a little unsatisfying about the plot this time around. While One of Us Is Lying felt believable, I did feel that the Truth or Dare game went a bit far. The scale of it was just too vast, and I couldn't believe that (following the events of the previous story) that the entire school would be able to keep it a secret from parents, teachers and authorities.
The pacing of the story also slowed down dramatically in its seconds half. While the first chapter reveals that one student will die, the identity of this person is not revealed until the mid-point of the novel. After this, the story changes quite drastically. The Truth or Dare game - the driving force of the first half - completely fades from the tale as the mystery becomes much further-reaching. While I won't say any more here for fear of spoilers, I will just say that I found this second half of the story to be less gripping. It just did not maintain the fast pace of the opening, and I quickly got a handle of who the killer had to be.
Yet, while it is easy to guess who the guilty party is, the novel does do a great job of fleshing out their motives over the final act. The climax unveils twist after twist, neatly drawing together all the threads of the plot in a satisfying conclusion. That is, until the sting. Sadly, the final twist is not revealed until the final couple of pages and this is where it all fell down for me. This last reveal just pushed my suspension of disbelief to the limit, leaving me with a bit of a bad-taste in my mouth.
In terms of character, the novel was certainly as strong as One of Us Is Lying. While the characters of the first book do have minor roles in this story, it focuses more on Maeve (Bronwyn's younger sister) and her circle of friends. While their narrative voices could sometimes be a little samey, all three of the narrators were very sympathetic and were wonderfully fleshed out as the story progressed. I was particularly fond of Knox in particular, especially as the novel explored his feelings of inadequacy and awkward relationship with his strict father.
So, all in all, this novel is certainly worth reading if you enjoyed the original. While the plot isn't quite as strong, it is a well-written mystery with a very strong core cast. I will certainly be reading more of McManus's work in the future.
This book starts off a year after the first, we have some new characters and the reappearance of some of our original four. Maeve (Bronwyn's sister) is now one of the main narrators, along with a girl named Phoebe who works in a local coffee shop where Maeve and Addy like to hang out. We also now have Knox - who is Maeve's best friend and ex-boyfriend. I loved getting to see more of Maeve and seeing her develop as a character in her own right. Knox is so sweet and a bit of a nerd, always just on the outskirts but still caring and thoughtful and willing to help others. Phoebe is sassy and funny but also sweet, we also see her sister Emma and find out about her background which helps her to be relatable.
Of course we have appearances from Bronwyn and Nate, Addy is around a lot with her sister Ashton and the lawyer Eli, and Copper makes start appearances but isn't a full focus of the story.
I was nervous how the dynamics would be different with new characters and old ones going off to college but it worked really well, I liked the new groups and found myself wanting to know all I could about them.
Simon has been gone for a year now, but some people are trying to keep his gossip alive, there have been some copycat blogs and messages, but most of those have been shut down - but then a text goes out. The biggest game of Truth or Dare in history is going to be played. Everyone in Bayview High is glued to their phones - who will be the first to pay? If you text back Truth, your worst secret will be revealed, if you text back Dare, you will be given a task to complete. If you don't reply - your worst secret is revealed anyway.
The pace of this book is perfect, the perfect mix of action, dialogue and information. Considering the most tragic part is about halfway through, you think it would then drag, but then things start to get even more serious and our group have to find out who is behind it all before something else blows up in everyone's faces. Hopefully no one else will get hurt, but this player is very clever and he has revenge on his mind.
In my opinion this book was even better than the first and I wish there were more from this series. I haven't been this absorbed in a book for a long time, something that can just grip me and carry me away.
The only thing I didn't like as much was that the ending was a little bit open ended, I wanted to know what would happen next and if there would be anything further, but overall I can see why she ended it this way, and it didn't destroy my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
A definite must read!
I devoured her first book in the series ‘one of us is lying’ and now ‘one of us is next’ only took me 2 days to read.
I couldn't get enough. I wanted to know what happens next
I wonder if Karen M McManus is planning to write another sequel to it. Especially how it ended...
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