Reviewed By – Millie M
Mateo, Cal and Ivy were once close. Through an unlikely set of
events, they realise that their friendship ending was far too abrupt. The ties
of family, love, money, health and education are explored in this novel.
A complex murder mystery told from three perspectives, this story
felt like an unsuccessful repitition of McManus’ bestseller “One of Us is
Lying”. It read like a series designed to be binged, screaming “next episode,
next episode!” to the viewer. Seemingly designed to keep the pages turning,
rather than to entertain or teach an idea. This book took me ages to read; I
got bored reading more than 20 pages at a time. As an avid bookworm, this was
highly unusual. Although, it was more enjoyable toward the end.
I think those aged 10-12 would like this more than I did. However, it is my very strong opinion that the “queen of teen crime” should be dethroned. ⅕ stars.
From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly--and fatally--wrong. Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out from working two jobs since his family's business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up . . . again. So when the three unexpectedly run into each other, they decide to avoid their problems by ditching. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they've barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say. . . . . . until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school--and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it's about to get worse. It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common...like a connection to the dead kid. And they're all hiding something. Could it be that their chance reconnection wasn't by chance after all? Fans of the hit thriller that started it all can watch the secrets of the Bayview Four be revealed in the One of Usis Lying TV series now streaming on NBC's Peacock!