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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Karen McManus

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel.

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One Of Us Is Lying

A murder, four lies, one truth. Simon Kelleher, the founder of the school's gossip app is famous for exposing the truth and passing the message to all his viewers. One day after a prank gone wrong four other students including Simon wind up in detention. Bronwyn (Yale hopeful), Addy (Prom queen), Nate (Bad boy) and Cooper (Sport star). All five enter detention but only four live to tell the tale. What really happened? In my opinion this book was...Amazing! It was a different experience reading this book compared to others because it had so many plots and twists. This book really keeps you on your feet. My favourite character or characters would have to be Nate and Bronwyn. At the start we see these two characters as the stereotypical 'nerd' and 'druggie' but as the storyline unfolds you can really see how wrong we are about them. My favourite moments within this novel was seeing Nate and Bronwyn's relationship develope and turn into a major part of the book's storyline. I would recommend this book to teenagers who are 13+ because it contains some things that younger readers may find inappropriate and unsuitable. I would also recommend this book to people who enjoy murder mystery and mystery books. I rate this book a 10/10.

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My first blog

'Labels': a poem inspired by One Of Us Is Lying

Labels A princess, A criminal, A jock, A geek, No names, No faces, It’s labels they seek, Just find the role that best fits, Force them into a clique, Cut the parts that won’t adapt, They must follow the rules, Because labels are a must. If they step out of line, If their façade crumbles, The rumours will begin, Their misfortunes shall double. A princess mustn’t be...

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Labels - A Poem Inspired The Novel 'One Of Us Is Lying'

I read my first Inkys book 'One Of Us Is Lying' and it was great. I wrote this poem to reflect society's (both in and out of the novel) views on stereotypes and their roles inside a high school. Don't worry there are no spoilers in the poem, I could never do that to people (I'm allergic to spoilers). I am happy with this post and ready to put it on the Inkys blog!

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June/July Eager-Beaver TBR

Because my April/May TBR was such a success, I thought I'd give it another go! Admittedly this time I will have more free time to read seeing as how after the 13th of June, it is my official hols!! I'm so excited already which is a little bit problematic considering I...

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