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One of Us Is Next, by Karen M. McManus

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morganperks's review

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dark emotional mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

every time i thought i knew where it was going i was wrong 

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milfs4lifersss's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5


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hannah__12's review

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emotional mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

This book is absolutely amazing. I could not stop reading it!
Spoiler I totally thought that it was Phoebe behind everything since she was so adamant about Maeve not looking at the revenge forums. I was very surprised to find out it was Emma (her older sister). Then I found out it was Owen!?!? By the last chapter, I was sure that the plot twists were over so I was not prepared to find that out. I wonder if anyone else will find out that it was Owen that continued the messages.

This book has a lot of great twists and turns.

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elisabethslibary's review

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

I personally found the first book better (although this is also brilliant) because everything seemed to be more connected and hence, the whole story was more fucked up and everything came more unexpectedly. Apart from that, the first book discusses serious issues like
Spoilerouting Someone without them being ready or homosexuality in sports or class differences or how rich people have advantages in the justice system because of their wealth
Spoiler. However, there are also important issues discussed in this novel and Karen McManus has written a grabbing and thrilling story.

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larabezzina's review

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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rebecca_t's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75


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sorcha's review

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dark emotional mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75


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angelicathebookworm's review

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funny lighthearted mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I read McManus’ debut novel One of Us is Lying a few years ago and absolutely loved it. Not only did I end up rediscovering my love of YA and murder mysteries, but I also fell in love with McManus’ writing style and her characters. So, when the sequel One of Us is Next was released I went and got my hands on a copy immediately.

The sequel takes place over a year after the events of the first book and follows a new set of main characters. Instead of Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper we follow these new set of events through the eyes of Maeve (Bronwyn’s younger sister), Knox (Maeve’s best friend), and Phoebe (Knox and Maeve’s classmate). We see at the very start of the novel that things seem to have settled down at Bayview High since nobody seems to have the insight into any and all school scandals quite like Simon did. That is until a game of digital Truth or Dare appears. There is no choice but for everyone to participate and the first person up on the chopping board is Phoebe.

There are a handful of similarities between this sequel and the previous book that I enjoyed seeing again. McManus uses first-person narration that flits between the various main characters with every new chapter. McManus executes this particular narrative style very well and it has become a sort of signature of hers as it’s used not only in the novel prior to this one but in all of her novels to date. The overarching atmosphere and tone throughout are also quite similar to the first book with it being a light and entertaining young adult read that’s also fairly action-packed. It’s also, on the whole, just as fast-paced as the first book—although it does start off quite slow to begin with—with some decent plot twists peppered throughout as well. While the overall feel of the novel is very similar to the first book, there are a number of differences. Some of which I enjoyed and others that sort of left me feeling somewhat disappointed.

The main thing I want to mention is the characters. While I didn’t exactly like all of the characters in the first book, I thought they were all really well developed, had distinct voices, and the chemistry between them really shone through. This time around I thought that these particular main characters were still well fleshed out but the chemistry between them just wasn’t there like it was with the original Bayview Four and, in all honesty, I found Maeve quite annoying and her actions more on the predictable side. Most of the new characters appeared sort of flat to me and I just didn’t connect with them as much as I did with the previous main characters which were what I loved the most. Also, it probably didn’t help much that the famous Bayview Four do make brief appearances throughout the sequel and even have their own subplots. I loved reading about them as much as I did in the first book which ended up being distracting and made me even more uninterested in these new protagonists. The lack of connection I had to these characters meant that I didn’t care that much when bad things started to happen to them, especially the characters that were just plain horrid and therefore didn’t garner much of my sympathy.

That being said there are a couple of things that were different that I really enjoyed seeing in this sequel. There were a lot more twists and turns to keep up with which really kept me on my toes. I went into this book expecting a plot twist anyway because of the first book but I wasn’t expecting as many as there were. I’m really glad this was the case because I did manage to guess what the big plot twist was, unlike with the first book, but I wasn’t able to guess that any of the other twists were going to happen. It also ends with quite a big reveal in the final few pages—something I definitely wasn’t prepared for—which sort of gets solved but is also written in a way that could allow for this series to become a trilogy. I absolutely loved the ending and the last few pages definitely improved my overall opinion and rating of the novel.

I definitely went into this book with very high expectations because of how much I adored the first book. I do think it’s a solid sequel but it just didn’t have the spark that the first book had for me and I think that was mainly down to the chemistry and the interaction between these particular protagonists. I would also say that I didn’t find them as likeable or memorable as many of the original characters. That and I think I really just wanted to read more about the original Bayview Four who absolutely stole the show for me in this book as well as the first. I also think there was also a lot more going on in this book. There were lots of smaller storylines and lots more surprises which—added to the fact it’s a character-driven novel filled to the brim with new and old faces—made me lose focus a few times which meant the shocking moments had less impact. I much preferred the one main storyline narrative like in the first book as it held my attention through every page and in turn made it more of a thrilling read. I’ll end by saying that if you loved the first book, especially the characters, as much as I did then try not to go into this book with very high expectations that way you’ll still enjoy it. On the other hand, if you thought the first book was only okay then the differences that McManus introduces here could mean that you may end up enjoying this sequel more.

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