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If You Loved One of Us Is Lying…

And we’re back with another little recommendation segment of If You Loved This. I’m back with the mystery recs because, let’s be honest, who can put down one good mystery without wanting to read another one that feels just as good?

I’m sure by now most of you have heard of this book by now but I’ll post the synopsis and everything below just in case you haven’t. It’s been topping the NYT YA bestseller lists for a ridiculous amount of weeks by now and it deservedly gets that spot. Now a Peacock TV show, I suppose there may be more interest garnered on this book, so what are some great recommendations if you loved One of Us Is Lying?

Well, friend, that’s a great question to ask.


About the book (review here)

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


If you loved the kind of paranoia left behind by someone who seems to know things they shouldn’t…

…then you will enjoy the same sense of crypticness and mystery in Dead Girls Society. When a secret society invites our protagonist, a girl with cystic fibrosis, to participate in a game to win money, she leaps for the chance to live a little before time runs out. Of course, not everything is as it seems. Because certainly, the 5 girls invited to this game could not be just a coincidence. The Sick Girl, the Rich Girl, the Sporty Girl, the Smart girl, and the Badass Girl – what do they all have in common?

If you loved the whole “stuck-in-a-room-with-a-bunch-of-people-and-not-everyone-may-come-out-alive” thing…

…then look no further! All Your Twisted Secrets feature a group of high school students who would never all associate in school yet were invited to the same dinner party – and then were locked in together. With time running out as a new danger becomes apparent, these students may not all survive the night when they come head-to-head with the mastermind of the party and their secret motive.

If you loved the suspenseful chase for the true killer and suspecting all of the protagonists…

…then You’re So Dead fits the bill. When a group of B-class influencers arrived to an island party meant to rub elbows with celebrities and the like, what was meant to be fun turned deadly with a killer among the ones stranded on this deserted island. Who can you trust when more and more people end up dead? Is it someone you least expect?

Have you read any of these? Is it noticeable that mysteries tend to follow similar tropes that make it real easy to recommend books based on one thing or another? Let me know what you liked about any of these in the comments below!


And don’t miss Karen’s latest book, You’ll Be the Death of Me out now!

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