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One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus
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really liked it
bookshelves: 4-star, read-2020, thriller-crime, young-adult

I am utterly basking in the feels of having just finished a good book. BASKING. I tell you! The twists in this were so clever, so intricately woven, and getting to the end and discovering how many people's lives were tangled up together -- not to mention that circular finale!!! -- just had me in full appreciation of the story. This is just [clenches fist] a very good book.

(I admit that I didn't reread book 1 first, and I should have oops. But I didn't love it? Whilst I really loved this!? And I adored Two Can Keep a Secret last year!)

[a small peek at the plot]
I do NOT want to say too much because I firmly believe thrillers are best when you know next to nothing about them. But this one involves a deadly Truth Or Dare game, but what caught me even more is how it's so interwoven with family drama and everyday teen angst, and I LOVED THAT. What hooked me was the characters, then the plot.

[characters]
We have three narrators: Phoebe, Maeve, and Knox. Each have really complex lives and they three become tightly woven together as they unravel the mystery of who's behind this life-ruining anonymous game of Truth or Dare. And YES there is murder in this book. But there's also subtle fear-mongering, horrific gossip, and dangerous secrets revealed. It took me a bit to warm up to Phoebe's chapters, but I reeeally loved Maeve!! And Knox is SO SOFT and I do love the soft boys. Also I loved that he was hounded by toxic masculinity but he didn't give up himself 😭bless Knox I love him.

The only thing that was an issue for me is: so. many. characters. Every character had a huge circle of characters in their lives, including siblings and friends. AND characters from book 1. AND just all these secondary characters, I was just !!!! BRAIN FRIED. By the end I was almost getting the hang of it (literally forgot who Jules was every time she entered the page LOL).

And I just loved how it balanced sibling strife and love + relationship angst and crushes + intense friendships to adore. I melt, I am soft butter. I am a fan.

[how thrillery was it?]
Admittedly, I've read darker thrillers. This was more character centric, but the stakes were high at the end, and I loved the characters so much that even their smallest pain amped up the tension. Also, like I said, the reveals at the end (the "whodunnit") was so tightly and intricately woven together. IMPRESSED. I didn't really guess any twists haha but my brain was elsewhere this week.

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[honestly just read this book]
It was captivating, tricky, and intriguing, and just left my Slytherin heart smouldering with satisfaction. Maybe not the darkest thing, but such an enjoyable thriller with excellent characters and sobering reveals.
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Reading Progress

November 11, 2019 – Shelved
November 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 22, 2020 – Started Reading
January 24, 2020 – Shelved as: 4-star
January 24, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
January 24, 2020 – Shelved as: thriller-crime
January 24, 2020 – Shelved as: young-adult
January 24, 2020 – Finished Reading

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