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One Of Us Is Next by Karen M McManus

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.


I adored One Of Us Is Lying and I couldn’t wait to read One Of Us Is Next, and I was not disappointed, I’m in such a thriller/mystery reading mood at the minute, this was one of the best I’ve ever read, it might even be better than the first.

I sped through this one, I just kept needing to know what happened next, I got in so deep and thoroughly enjoyed this read.

In One Of Us Is Next, it’s been a year and a half since Simon died, and the Bayview four have moved on with their lives, most being at college or wiggling jobs, leaving high school long behind them.

But, in this sequel, we follow Maeve, Bronwyn’s you her sister and her friends Phoebe, and Knox.

Now, there is a copycat, trying to torment the Bayview students, this copycat is serious though, not like the previous ones that were just trying to be annoying. And their weapon of choice is truth or dare. Either you take a dare or a truth is revealed about you. Phoebe is the first target, and when she doesn’t take the dare, her deepest, darkest secret is revealed to the whole school.

It soon becomes obvious that things are getting sinister when the game continues. Maeve, along with Knox decide to set out to find out who is behind the mysterious game.

The intensity of the story continues to build up throughout, as the dares and truths become deadly. I think McManus did an excellent job keeping the narrative fun and compelling all the way through, and forever keeping us guessing. She definitely has an amazing talent for creating drama and angst, and that makes for a twisty and fascinating story.

liked the different POVs if each of the characters, I liked the switching.

I absolutely loved the ending, there was so much I didn’t guess right up until the end, which I love when reading a thriller. It was filled with so many twists and reveals, the plot line was absolutely fantastic and so well thought out, just like the first book.

There are so many great YA thriller books, Karen McManus books one of the best in this category for me, not many do it like her.

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