Audience:Teenage: Age (years) 14, Grade (US) 9
Dimensions:8.56in x 5.81 x 1.25 in | 1.05 lb
Page Count:368 pages
INDUSTRY LEADER: Karen M. McManus is the industry leader in the YA mystery/thriller category, with all four of her published novels hitting the NYT bestseller list. Her latest release, The Cousins, was an instant NYT bestseller and has remained on the list for 20 weeks.
EVERYTHING FANS LOVE: This new mystery has all the elements that readers love about Karen’s work: it’s fast paced, smart, and has multiple plot twists, and it’s told in multiple POVs. As well, this thriller explores new areas for Karen by tapping more into the buzzy true-crime world, with plot points involving cold cases and true-crime investigative shows.
UPCOMING TELEVISION: The One of Us Is Lying television series is currently in production with NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. A pilot has been filmed and more details are to come.
THE EASY PITCH: Like all of Karen’s books, this one features a clear, easy hook that will pull in new and old readers alike—a high-school student secures a prestigious internship investigating the cold case of a beloved teacher at her old school, only to come face to face with the past when she must work with her ex-best friend, one of the three kids whi originally discovered the crime scene.
★ “An edge-of-your-seat page-turner; the strongest yet from a master of the genre.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “…A serpentine read rife with convincing red herrings and ground-shifting reveals.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “McManus’s latest is a win for mystery and suspense fans and has a little something for everyone.” —School Library Journal, starred review
★ “No one is who they appear to be in this twisty, shocking thriller by Karen M. McManus…Riveting.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Karen M. McManus continues her reign as the YA thriller queen.” —PopSugar
“Absolutely no one does thrillers like Karen McManus…” —Paste
“McManus never gives readers a moment to relax, drawing out suspects and secrets in rapid succession…. Brimming with twists and turns.” —BookPage
“McManus… brings that signature blend of high-stakes high-school drama and murderous twists readers won’t see coming.” —Booklist
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