The bestselling young-adult book One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus has a TV adaptation on Peacock coming October 2021, but fans of the book can't wait to get their hands on anything that reminds them of their favorite mystery. One of Us Is Lying focuses on five characters in detention like The Breakfast Club ... if one of the Breakfast Club members were guilty of murder. Here are five YA books with the same thrilling themes as One of Us Is Lying.
'One of Us Is Next' by Karen M. McManus
This sequel to One of Us Is Lying focuses on the aftermath of the first book with a whole new set of characters. Someone is creating copycat gossip apps like Simon in the first book, only with somehow deadlier consequences. Perfect for readers who finished the first book!
'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars follows a wealthy family's grandchildren who are known as "the Liars" through three summers in their lives. The main character, Candace, sustains a head injury and loses her memory, which the readers later piece together. One secret binds the three of them forever, and themes of privilege and consequences appear throughout.
'Truly, Devious' by Maureen Johnson
True-crime junkie Stevie Bell attends Ellingham Academy, a private school in Vermont founded by eccentric tycoon Albert Ellingham. Shortly after the school opened, Ellingham's wife and daughter were kidnapped, with the kidnapper leaving behind a series of clues by "Truly, Devious." Years later, Stevie is determined to crack the cold case, but it seems that Truly, Devious has returned to wreak new havoc.
'How We Fall Apart' by Katie Zhao
This thriller follows four former friends who attend Manhattan's Sinclair Prep, a private school on the Upper East Side. When Jamie Ruan, one of the school's top academics, turns up dead, Nancy Luo and her fellow ex-friends Krystal, Akil, and Alexander become the prime suspects. Can they stop the rumors spread by "The Proctor," a mysterious social media gossip, to prove themselves innocent?
"Ace of Spades" by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Ace of Spades is the Gossip Girl–meets–dark academia book you never knew you needed in your life. The story follows new school prefects Chiamaka and Devon as they attend the elite Niveus Private Academy. When a mysterious blackmailer known only as "Aces" starts targeting the pair with threatening text messages, they take it upon themselves to uncover the school's secrets before it's too late.