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.