YA BOOK

Manchester Evening News - - FAMILY MATTERS -

BY KAREN MCMANUS, PEN­GUIN, PA­PER­BACK £7.99, EBOOK £4.99

KAREN MCMANUS has a knack for YA fic­tion, sketch­ing out teen angst, first love and ado­les­cent awk­ward­ness that’s free from cliché, and amped up by the trap­pings of on­line gos­sip.

And she’s not afraid to kill off char­ac­ters ei­ther, which is al­ways com­mend­able.

One Of Us Is Next is the fol­low-up to 2017’s spec­tac­u­lar One Of Us Is Ly­ing – based at the same Bayview High School in the af­ter­math of the Si­mon Kelle­her scan­dal (you needn’t have read the first book, all is ex­plained).

It’s 18 months later and a sim­i­larly in­sid­i­ous game of Truth or Dare by text among stu­dents has be­gun.

Told from the per­spec­tive of class­mates Phoebe, Maeve and Knox, McManus touches on sib­ling dif­fi­cul­ties, dark web fo­rums, bul­ly­ing and pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion, but also the strength of real friend­ships, and the strug­gles to for­give those you once trusted.

It’s fun too, full of snogs and stake­outs. You’ll race through it – and the twist isn’t half bad.

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