One of Us Is Next | book review

One of Us Is Next

Author: Karen M. McManus
Series: One of Us Is Lying, #2
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10.5 hours
Narrator: Marie Liatis, Holly Linneman, Fred Berman, Karissa Vacker
Publisher: Listening Library
Original Publication Date: 2020
Genre(s): Young adult, Mystery, Contemporary

Since Simon died last year, a ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up at Bayview High. But none have been as successful as About That. With Simon gone, the gossip mill has run dry. Until a texted-based Truth or Dare game starts. And students at Bayview High are once again the targets. Phoebe is up first—and when she doesn’t choose dare, a secret of hers is texted to the entire student body. Maeve is next, and after everything that happened with her sister Bronwyn last year, she should know to pick Dare… Before Knox has a chance to be picked, the game turns deadly, and if there’s anything Maeve learned from last year, they can’t count on the adults for help—or for protection.


After finishing the amazing One of Us Is Lying, I was excited to quickly obtain the sequel. I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t about the main characters from book 1, because I’m slightly obsessed with Bronwyn and Nate. But double-good news: the new characters are great, and the old characters are featured throughout the book. Once I got into the story, I was not disappointed at all.

In similar fashion to book 1, One of Us Is Next is told in first-person POV from alternating perspective chapters: Maeve, Phoebe, and Knox. Maeve, as you know, is Bronwyn’s sister, so it’s nice to have a familiar character’s voice in this book. Knox and Phoebe are new, so it takes some getting used to, but quickly you grow to love them. The story revolves around a new Truth or Dare game—one that quickly turns deadly. And if Maeve could help solve last year’s mystery, she enlists the help of her friends to help her solve this one.

I liked that the book had the same feel as the first one, but featured new characters, a new game, and a new mystery. I was interested and engaged the entire time—I never felt bored even for a minute. And wow, the suspense towards the end is CRAZY. I will say, I figured out about half of the mystery somewhere in the middle of the book, but that didn’t ruin it for me at all. Sometimes that dramatic irony is nice—the suspense of waiting for the characters to figure out what you’ve already pieced together.

The VERY very end, though…I don’t know. That final revelation was a little odd to me. I’m still not sure about it. But if that’s the only thing in the whole book I had an issue with, then you know this is a must-read. Especially if you’ve already read book 1 and loved it like I did.

At this point, there are no plans for a third book, and that’s okay with me (for now). I do love the Bayview High world, though, and wouldn’t be mad at another in the future. For now, if you still haven’t read this terrific duology, now is the time! These are the perfect mystery books for your fall TBR.

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