POTENTIAL SPOILERS!!! I have tried my best to keep spoilers out of this, and there are no name drops or revealing of secrets…

One of Us Is Lying…

I was so excited to read the first book because I had come off finishing another series and I needed a more ‘relaxed’ read. One of Us is Lying was the perfect book – it was fast paced which I liked, as in a standalone book, if it takes too long to get into the main plot then the ending can feel really rushed. From the word go, I was sucked into the world of the Bayview Four, and I read the book in no time at all. I couldn’t put it down! Having the different perspectives was great, and what I loved is that I actually had doubts about who I thought the killer was – I was never certain of anyone, and even though I may have had my suspicions, I couldn’t rest on them comfortably. Apart from really wanting a Nate and Bronwyn spin-off, this book had a satisfying end I felt, and I have already recommended it to others! A solid 4 stars. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One of Us Is Next…

Now… One of Us is Next. I’m conflicted, because I did enjoy the read, but I also felt it was a little slow in places. It took me a few chapters to get into a reading rhythm and want to carry on with it, but once I reached a certain point, it got just as binge worthy as its predecessor. I loved the return of the original Bayview Four, and some other characters too, but aside from Maeve, I wasn’t as fond of the new characters. I also found the lead up to solving the mystery of whodunit better than the actual reveal. The actual culprit was a really random choice, and the links between the culprit and the other accomplice was a tad far fetched in my opinion. However, saying that, the very last revelation on the final pages was such an uneasy shock that I felt the very ending did leave me on a great unsettling feeling. I’d give this sequel a 3-star rating, and you should give it a go if you enjoyed the first – it has the same great mystery solving element, but just fell a little flat in some respects.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Overall, these two books were exciting reads, especially the first book, and offer an enjoyable read, especially if you can’t devote time to a lengthy book series right now. I’d also add that you can read the first book as a standalone, you won’t be missing any part of the first novel’s plot if you decide not to read the second one 😉 I am looking forward to reading the rest of Karen M. McManus’ books, Two can Keep a Secret, and The Cousins, which I will absolutely be writing reviews for! Leave any book recommendations in the comments!