Book Review: One of Us is Next by Karen McManus
This was such a great sequel! I read One of Us is Lying last summer and loved the mystery. It was great to revisit Bayview and all my favourites, along with some great new characters.
I think KM highlights some really pressing issues prevalent among young people very well. Social media can be such a toxic place, and people fixate so much on rumours and status. In this game of truth or dare, lots of the students are pretty horrified by what's going on, and yet no one reports it because they're all afraid that the school will ban phones, and they couldn't possibly survive the school day without them! Instead there is this morbid fascination with the game, even more so when some horrible secrets are outed, which is such a huge problem.
KM also touches on the issue of slut shaming - of course, the person Phoebe chose to sleep with was not the best of decisions, but the abuse and shaming she receives for it is horrendous. If Phoebe had been a guy, everyone would have been congratulating her. It upsets me to think of what a lot of teenagers and young people go through.
I felt that the mystery in this book was very well done. I did manage to work out who the culprit was, but it wasn't long before the reveal at the end, which is unusual for me as usually I manage to suss it out early on! I love books with multiple POVs, and Phoebe, Maeve and Knox are such great perspectives to be reading from.
All in all this is a very enjoyable book! KMs are the first YA mysteries I've tried and so far they have not disappointed!
Read the summary below:
Come on, Bayview, you know you've missed this.
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.
This time it's not an app, though—it's a game.
Truth or Dare.
Phoebe's the first target. If you choose not to play, it's a truth. And hers is dark.
Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.
But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it's that they can't count on the police for help. Or protection.
Simon's gone, but someone's determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there's a whole new set of rules.