Let’s all imagine the typical American High School. Five teenagers have been called into detention. And they are:
- A beauty queen
- A star athlete
- A straight-A brainiac
- The local bad boy motorbike riding drug dealer and,
Okay I know by now most of you are SCREAMING….Yes, we all know the plot to The Breakfast Club. Is there a point to this? And can we get to it? Maybe like today?
Well hold your horsies because this is not The Breakfast Club. Because the fifth member of this little team is not an introverted Ally Sheedy but Simon who is the creator of a malicious but hugely popular gossip app.
And wait for it, this is where it gets AWESOME….Because, by the end of the detention, Simon is dead.
By peanut oil.
The beauty queen, the athlete, the brainiac and the bad boy are our main suspects. Because they all have something to hide. Something that somehow Simon has found out about. Something that he is about to publish to the entire school via his vicious little app.
Did I hear someone say motive?
Welcome to “One of Us is Lying” by Karen McManus.
I loved this book. As much or maybe even slightly more than I love The Breakfast Club. Which is immense because I adore that film. I read this in one sitting, on route from Melbourne to London earlier this year and believe me, if anything could make that hideously long journey more enjoyable it was this. .
As soon as I began reading One of Us is Lying I knew I wanted to blog about it. And I wanted to blog about with a recipe that featured our killer ingredient peanut oil. The Spicy Hot Edamame from the Itsu Cookbook fit the bill perfectly. It’s Edamame stir fried in peanut oil with garlic, ginger and a splash of soy sauce. Quick, simple delicious!
One of Us is lying is an immensely enjoyable read. There are so many reasons to love it – the Breakfast Club type plot, the murder mystery element, the well drawn characters, the speedy pace, the foody murder weapon. It is smart, funny and will keep you guessing. And this is a debut novel! I cannot wait to see what Karen McManus does next. This is the best book I have read this year by a mile.
You can find the recipe for Itsu’s Spicy Hot Edamame here.
It is a delicious snack or side whether or not you read the book. But you should definitely read the book. And the edamame make a great reading snack!
Let’s end this in the only way possible – a John Bender fist pump and the strains of Simple Minds “Don’t you forget about me in the back ground.
Have a wonderful week.