One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The follow up to One of Us is Lying, this mystery has some familiar characters that we were introduced in McManus' first book: the original four (Nate, Bronwyn, Addie, and Cooper) and of course additional characters. We get a peak into the original four lives' but they are secondary to the action of this follow up. Nothing has changed at the high school: gossip is still the currency that keeps the your school social status high. When the latest reiteration of the gossip mill turns deadly, it is up to the Maeve, Knox, and Phoebe to figure out what is happening before it is too late.
The story in this book unfolds at a steady enough pace to keep even the more reluctant readers engaged and those who have not had a chance or accidentally pick this one up first, will not be lost. There are snippets at times when the author fills in missing pieces from the first book, and you will be spoiled to the twist in that book if you read this one first. Overall, fans of McManus will like this third book and second in the series, though those obsessed with the first book's characters, may be disappointed this one does not focus on them. However, I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick young adult mystery that features elements of a game or how social media can affect teens' lives.
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