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Article  •  6 April 2022


The book that gets teenagers reading

International bestselling author Karen M. McManus is known for her high school thrillers

It’s an age-old struggle, coercing our teens to do anything, particularly if it involves putting down their phone. In an age where attention spans and literacy rates are on the decline due to technology addictions, how do we get our teens to read?

Our suggestion – offer them a series they can’t refuse!

Author Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of multiple young adult mystery-thriller novels. Her titles – One of Us is Lying, One of Us is Next, Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins and You’ll Be the Death of Me – have been translated into over 40 languages worldwide, hooking readers on a global scale.

The book that started it all, One of Us is Lying, has thrills, drama, secrets, lies and a slew of polarising personalities that will have you gripped from the very first page . . .

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them ever again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

The novel alternates perspectives between the four teens – Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Addy – as they each become suspects and fight to prove their innocence, while hiding the incriminating secrets for as long as they can. The shifting point of view keeps the story fresh and provides at least one character that any teen can relate to.

Available now on Stan Australia, One of Us is Lying has been produced as a gripping TV show and has been renewed for a second season. What a treat to see your favourite story come to life on screen! (Plus, the show has a different ending to the book – great for book clubs to gather and discuss.)

Karen M. McManus is the queen of unputdownable novels, and her fan base will have nothing but high praise for her and this series. A top recommendation for those reluctant teen readers, or even the young at heart who love a good YA drama. Think: Riverdale meets Gossip Girl.

Keep an eye out for the next book by Karen M. McManus, Nothing More to Tell, coming September 2022.

Featured Titles

One Of Us Is Lying
Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. For fans of Gossip Girl and Riverdale, One Of Us Is Lying is the internationally bestselling YA thriller by acclaimed author, Karen M. McManus.
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One Of Us Is Next
Truth or Dare turns deadly in this explosive sequel from the internationally bestselling author of One of us Is Lying.
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Two Can Keep a Secret
The follow up YA thriller from the author of the international bestseller One of Us is Lying.
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The Cousins
An explosive YA thriller from international bestselling author of One of Us is Lying.
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You'll Be the Death of Me
From the international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying and Queen of Teen Crime comes a brand-new addictive thriller. Three former friends ditch school for old time's sake - with horrible and deadly consequences.
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