Title: One of us is next.
Author: Karen M McManus.
Publisher: Delacorte Press for Young Readers.
Page count: 384.
Release day: January 7th 2020.
Genre: YA, Mystery.
Rating: 2 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.
This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.
Truth or Dare.
Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.
Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.
But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.
Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.
Another book I just had to pick up as soon as it released! I listened to both of her other books, so I was very excited to listen to this one!
And well… this was disappointing..
I honestly think this duology should have stayed a standalone.. This sequel didn’t add anything to the first book, in my opinion.
I really enjoyed the characters from the first book, and I knew this followed different characters, but it was being said that the original Bayview four would still be present. But honestly, they were barely there.. They were mentioned once in a while, but I don’t think that counts as being present in the book.
This book just didn’t catch my attention already from the start. Since we follow a new set of characters, we have to get introduced to them. I think this was done pretty poorly, and I was confused who was who and related to who for most of the book. I do know that some of them have been mentioned in the first book already as side characters, but I couldn’t remember that at all.
What I really liked in the first book is how these four characters, who had nothing to do with each other, were forced to work together. I love how they build a relation throughout the book. While in this book, the characters already knew each other, so there was no build up for their relations. Even though the relations did change throughout the book.
So from this you can get that I didn’t really care for the characters that much. I don’t always need to care for characters, but I think I do in mysteries. Otherwise I’m not caring about what is happening to them, and I feel that is quite important in mysteries.
But I think if the actual mystery was really good, I could still have rated this book high. But it felt a bit random and all over the place. Also most of the twists I could see coming..
Also what’s up with the ending?! It was still a bit too open for me. We know who did it and all, but not what will happen to that person?!
I still gave this book two stars, since I do really enjoy Karen M McManus’s writing, I could listen to it so quickly!
If this series will get another book, I won’t pick it up. But if Karen M McManus is writing another mystery I will! Since I did really enjoy One of us is lying and Two can keep a secret!