Sequel to Karen McManus’s ‘One of Us is Lying’ Announced Today


ONE OF US IS NEXT to be published on January 7, 2020, with a 250,000-copy first printing

ONE OF US IS NEXT, the highly anticipated sequel to Karen M. McManus’s breakout bestselling thriller One of Us Is Lying, will be published on January 7, 2020, with a first printing of 250,000 copies. The announcement was made today by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press. The novel will be edited by Krista Marino, Senior Executive Editor and the editor of McManus’s previous novels. Marino acquired North American rights from Rosemary Stimola with Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio. The book has already been sold in 14 foreign territories.

ONE OF US IS NEXT takes readers back to Bayview High a year after Simon’s death, and no one’s been able to satisfy the gossip hunger quite like he could. That changes when someone starts playing a lethal game of Truth or Dare—where choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, and accepting the dare can lead to danger and even death. Simon may be gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy alive—at any cost. In ONE OF US IS NEXT, fans will learn what the Bayview Four are up to and meet intriguing new characters who will keep them turning the pages.

McManus’s debut novel, One of Us Is Lying, has spent 79 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been sold in 40 foreign territories, and is being developed into a TV series by Universal Cable Productions. The novel received much critical acclaim and was named one of the best YA books of the year by BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, and PopCrush, and was a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, a CBC Teen Choice Book Award nominee, a Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year nominee, an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee, and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick.

Two Can Keep a Secret, McManus’s stand-alone sophomore novel, was published in January 2019. It received multiple starred reviews, was optioned for film by PictureStart, and catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list immediately after publication, where it has spent 15 weeks and counting.

ONE OF US IS NEXT is going to satisfy both new readers and existing fans,” Marino said. “Karen’s readers have been clamoring for this book to see what happens next in the world of Bayview High, and they won’t be disappointed. Karen has delivered another addictive and compelling thriller that is shocking, exhilarating, and incredibly satisfying.”

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret. McManus resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her son. To learn more about her, visit, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter or Instagram.