#AudioBookReview – One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus #OneofUsIsNext @penguinukbooks

50370170._SX318_From Goodreads There’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High. and there’s a whole new set of rules. 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.
Until now.
This time it’s not an app, though – it’s a game.
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 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.

My Review

I really enjoyed this audiobook, in fact it gave me a book hangover!

I enjoyed reading One of Us Is Lying a few years ago, and when I was offered this for a review I was really intrigued as how it would play out. I mean if the main instigator of that hideous app is dead, how was this going to work? Well I needn’t have worried, because the author has come up with a brilliant sequel.

This book is told from the points of view of Maeve, Knox and Phoebe all students at Bayview. I liked all three characters and loved seeing how they developed throughout the story.

The plot revolving around the truth or dare app was very good, and there was a lot of tension about who would be next and whether they should pick a truth or dare or just ignore the whole thing completely! I mean as a teenager what would you choose? :/

As well as the story of the app there were other storylines that  followed Maeve, Knox and Phoebe. I really enjoyed following these teenagers with all their worries about best friends, boys, girls and fashion and the usual family arguments. I must admit I rolled my eyes in true teenage fashion when the girls were constantly worrying about how they looked, or whether the boys liked like them back. As well as these seemingly trivial  situations the story also touched on some very serious issues including consent, teenage drinking, and serious health issues, which the author dealt with sensitively.  It me made me very glad to be an adult in this age of social media and the enormous peer pressure that teens face today. 

As the story unfolded and the tension mounted I got hooked and wanted to know how it was going to end. Would the instigator of the app be stopped or discovered before something tragic happened?

I loved the multiple narration for this audiobook, it worked so well, and I  could gladly listen to these four narrators, Maria Liatis, Holly Linneman, Fred Berman, Karissa Vacker again. They really did bring the characters to life and gave me a brilliant listening experience. I only recognised one narrator, Fred Berman from Daisy Jones & the Six.

I don’t tend to read/listen to YA but I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, and I’m really looking forward to listening to my own copy of the author’s other audiobook Two Can Keep A Secret.

I definitely recommend this audiobook if you enjoy mysteries, thrillers or suspense.

Thanks so much to Chloë Rose at Penguin Books UK for my digital copy via the titleShare app.


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  1. That is so cool that the audiobook had multiple narration. I’ve never listened to an audiobook like that. Glad you loved it so much! It does sound very good ❤️

  2. Wonderful review Nikki. I didn’t read the first one, so probably will not get to this one, but it sounds good. I agree, I love multiple narrators, they add so much to an audiobook.

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