One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
The description in the “best book” award nomination tempted me; who isn’t interested in “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club“? Five teens are sent to detention after school, all claiming they were innocent. Only four leave the room alive. Who committed the murder–and why? We hear the stories of the different characters through their own voices, creating of deepening of the facets of each of the characters, all suspects in the murder. I was sure I’d have a glimmer of the murdered, but though I carefully followed each clue, I never did guess until the last twisty turn. The mystery and intrigue made this a real page-turner, though I admit it might not be the best writing I have read. Still, it was strong and engaging and a lot of fun. And I’ll be on the lookout for this author’s next novel.