One of Us is Next – Published 2020
“The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! 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.
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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This was a much anticipated book for me, because I loved One of Us is Lying so much. Overall, this felt like going back to Bayview in the best and worst ways possible. This author has a way of taking multiple POVs and making the story still flow very well, all the while making sure they’re all likable and important. I didn’t listen to the audiobook for this one, and I kind of wish I had. I loved the differing voices on OOUIL.
Once again, I was surprised by the ending and who was responsible for bringing such a terrible game/site back to life. It wasn’t as momentous, but it was still intriguing and the plot had its suspenseful moments.
I really want more about Nate and Bronwyn; I love them!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
I didn’t feel like this was super believable. Even some of the dialogue when the truth or dare texts started coming through felt overdone. I don’t know… Maybe I am giving high schoolers too much credit, but after coaching teenagers for 13 years I don’t think I am. I don’t believe that’s how they actually act or treat one another. I don’t think the bullying is to the point of vandalized lockers and shouting matches across the cafeteria where everyone stops and watches. That part felt disingenuine to me. It did pick up for me about halfway through the book, though.
I don’t know that this is technically a sequel. It felt more like just a spin off or adaptation. None of the original Bayview Four are main characters. They’re all present and involved, but we don’t get their voices. I liked the new main characters, but I didn’t like them quite as much as the originals. Overall, a good book and worth reading if you read the first!