From international bestseller, Karen McManus, comes the explosive third and final thrilling instalment in the acclaimed One of Us... series.
Ever since Simon died in detention, life hasn't been easy for the Bayview Crew. First the Bayview Four had to prove they weren't killers. Then a new generation had to outwit a vengeful copycat. Now, it's beginning again.
At first the mysterious billboard seems like a bad joke: Time for a new game, Bayview. But when a member of the crew disappears, it's clear this 'game' just got serious - and no one understands the rules.
Everyone's a target. And now that someone unexpected has returned to Bayview, things are starting to get deadly.
Simon was right about secrets - they all come out in the end.
The thing is, Simon was right about secrets-they all come out, eventually. And Bayview has a lot it's still hiding.
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Karen M. McManus is a #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thrillers. Her work includes the One of Us Is Lying series, which was turned into a television show on Peacock and Netflix, as well as the standalone novels Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, You’ll Be the Death of Me, and Nothing More to Tell. Karen's critically acclaimed, award-winning books have been translated into forty-two languages and have sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
And honestly, I just want to take a moment and say thank you to the cover designers for McManus' books. Staying with this theme through all the recent releases, whether they are part of a series or not, is such a great choice. I love how they all look together on the shelf!!!
Buckle up, McManus fans, we're going back to Bayview High in 2023!!! My unedited initial reaction...
The Bayview Crew is back and better than ever! It couldn't be truer that the third time's a charm, as this book is by far the best novel in the series. It masterfully brings together characters of two previous books as founders of the murder club with the original Bayview Four Members. Even the villains from the first book are back, with their own narrations. Fortunately, Simon is not returning as a ghost to haunt the Bayview Four, but we do get to read his narration from six years ago. The contribution of the villains is important in answering so many questions about the past and connecting them with the wrapping up of the new mystery.
At first, I had some hesitations about how the author would equally insert each character into the story, but I take back my words because she managed to do it impeccably. The main narrators are Phoebe from the second book, whose sister left the country after her connection with their father's killer's death was revealed, and Phoebe also discovered the ugly truth about her little brother's involvement in the murder. Nate, whom I would save from death if I had to choose two characters, Addy, who nearly got killed by her ex Jack and is now reviewing her sexual orientation while bonding with her sister who is expecting, and surprise surprise, we have narrations from Jack and Simon to reveal events from six years ago that may help us understand many unanswered questions from the entire series and look at the characters from different perspectives.
This time, the main mystery starts with a billboard hack displaying a bad joke and an eerie message that warns something earth-shattering is about to come out. On top of that, Jack gets an early release from prison and starts lurking around the Bayview area with his probation officer, giving Addy extra nightmares from their dark past. Then, one of the Bayview Crew is kidnapped during Nate's house party. Could Jack be involved in this kidnapping? Is he planning to make them pay for putting him behind bars?
With the Rojas sisters' research skills and Bronwyn's logical assumptions, Cooper, Nate, Kris, and Luis' muscle power, Addy and Phoebe's determination to release the past that holds them back, they make the perfect team to reveal the new mystery threatening their town.
I have to say, it was an amazing experience to spend more time with the characters I truly loved. I have soft spots for both Nate and Cooper! I couldn't guess the culprit until the end. The pacing was riveting and extra exciting, making me sit on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, barely gathering my composure, and stuffing popcorn into my mouth as if I were watching my favorite thriller movie. It's even more enjoyable than binge-watching the Scream series!
I'm not sure this will be the last time we see the Bayview Crew, and I never say no to another installment, but I'm telling you, this is the best book in the series, and you shouldn't miss it!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children's/Delacorte Press for sharing the digital copy of one of the most anticipated books of 2023 in exchange for my honest thoughts.
[May 3rd, 2021]: karen just announced the THIRD book in the One of Us is Lying series.. i cant believe this is real but GOD am i excited for this to come out in 2023... and its gonna have POVs from the squads of both previous books aaaaaaaaaaaa
I’m going to go crazyyy, I can’t wait to see what happens with Owen! I hope he’ll be okay, and I hope that Phoebe and Knox get together, I love them so much! Great job on your books McManus, I have them all and can’t wait to buy more!
Karen McManus has done it again!! One of Us Is Back was my most anticipated read of the year, and I can now say that it will stay in the top three of my reads for this year already.
The book follows The Bayview Crew through another mystery where someone is out for revenge. The mystery isn't the strongest compared to the other two books in the series, but the character interactions and relationships completely make up for it. It was so great to see all of the characters back for one last journey and to see the friendships between everyone.
All of the characters had so much personality, I felt like I saw a new side of them since this book wasn't just solely based on the mystery. McManus did a great job making sure that we still got to see the characters living a life that didn't only revolve around tracking down a killer. The plot still moved forward with each event the crew attended, while still showcasing the unique dynamic between the nine main characters.
If you are a fan of the first two books, you're going to love this one. It was the perfect ending and by the end of the book, I definitely was a little teary eyed. The Bayview Crew is so special and they will forever be some of my favorite characters!
One of Us is Back is the perfect ending to the One of Us is Lying series. It brings the characters from books one and two together and leaves the reader with a satisfying conclusion for each of the major players. The twists and turns along the way keep the reader wanting to turn the page to find out what is going to happen next. Perhaps the bumbling cops and smarter-than-the-adults teenagers are character tropes, but they are done well in this fun, young adult series.
I am so very excited for this one. Can't wait for bronwyn and nate to come back. Nate is my favorite character. I guess this one would be from the POVs of the characters of the previous 2 books. I would also like to see mauves and luis.