Review of One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus (hardcover)


Do not read below if you haven’t read the first book!


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One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules.

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.

Until now.

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.




There are spoilers for book one in my review (and the synopsis).  Do not read if you haven’t read One Of Us Is Lying yet.


This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I knew I had to pick it up right after it arrived.  While I loved the first book a bit more, this was still great.  I read it all in one day.


We return to Bayview High with some of our old favorite characters and a lot of new ones.  This book is told in the perspectives of Maeve who is Bronwyn’s sister, Knox, and Phoebe.


Right away, we hear from a reporter that there has been another death of a Bayview High School student, but we don’t know who.  The next chapter brings us a new revenge chat between Darkestmind and Bayview2020.  Simon’s forum was moved and restarted by Darkestmind.  These two discuss how someone did them wrong and got away with it.


Maeve is Bronwyn’s younger sister.  She had leukemia, but has been in remission for a few years.  Because of her illness, Maeve really struggles to make connections or future plans.  She does have one close friend, Knox.  They actually dated for awhile, but realized there was nothing there besides friendship.  Brownyn comes home from Yale when she can.  She and Nate have been dating on and off.


Phoebe and Emma are sisters.  They have a younger brother, Owen.  The kids all used to be really close until their dad died a few years earlier.  Things have been strained with them since then.  Phoebe is really outgoing and is hooking up with a popular guy, Brandon, in secret.  Emma is reserved and has only one real friend.  She’s had one boyfriend, but they broke up.


A new game starts up, taking after Simon.  It’s a truth or dare.  You have 24 hours to respond or a secret about you gets released.  The first person to get the message is Phoebe.  She ignores it and something big comes up.  She is slut shamed repeatedly and her sister hates her.  Phoebe’s best friend, Jules, starts hanging out with the other popular kids that were making fun of Phoebe.  Things all start to go downhill from there.


I won’t get into much of the story.  There is a wedding being planned.  Knox works for Until Proven, a group of lawyers that take on cases of people who they think are innocent of crimes.  Relationships start and end.  People get hurt and/or die.  Maeve, Knox, and Phoebe eventually team up to try to figure out who is behind the Truth or Dare game and the revenge forum.


Warnings for slut shaming, talk of homophobia (mostly in MLB), revenge, cheating, cancer, parental death, sibling issues, murder, teenage drinking, and attempted sexual assault.


I gave this book 5 stars.  Karen M. McManus is an auto-buy author for me and I’ll read anything she writes.


Have you read this yet?  If not, did you read the first book?







Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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