“Who do you want to be? The guy who goes along or the guy who stands up? This is the time to decide.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
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.
First and foremost, you absolutely need to read the first book to understand this one. While it doesn’t necessarily follow all of the same characters (think siblings or other students at Bayview High) there are a lot of references to the main characters of the first book and events that happened as well. With that being said, it felt really good to return to Bayview, see how the first group of teens was coping after the events of book one, and meet the new group of teens this book follows. It was pretty easy to get invested with the new group and the secrets they kept hidden. And this book did do a good job of delivering some tense situations. But was it as good as the first book? Not really.
The Bayview High teens are back, the gossip is juicy, and the games are getting deadly. Much like One of Us is Lying the audiobook of this was SO GOOD. I think from now on anytime Karen McManus comes out with a new release I’m automatically going to listen to the audio version of it. The only difference between the two audiobooks was that the first book had four narrators and this one had two but either way it still made for a really great listening experience and gives the story so much life. It took me about two sittings to listen to this because I knew whenever I would start it up I wasn’t putting it down without finishing a good chunk of the story.
Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book but I think my biggest issue with this was one was that it felt pretty underwhelming and far fetched. In the first book there were a lot of Pretty Little Liars vibes going on in the way that a few teens were being targeted and blackmailed. In this book it’s the entire school and I don’t know there was just something about that that seemed unrealistic? As for the culprit, I did suspect who the “bad guy” was behind the truth of dare game… to a certain extent. You know, because there’s always that one last plot twist that McManus usually throws in that blows your mind. Although, this time I will say that the last plot twist did catch me by surprise but not enough to really change my rating. In fact, it kind of just left me hanging like “okay but wait…what now?” If you want a truly MIND BLOWING plot twist then you need to pick up McManus’ Two Can Keep a Secret. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
All in all, even though this didn’t live up to the first book it was still a highly entertaining, binge-listen type of story. I totally flew through this audiobook and without a doubt will continue to pick up just about anything the author writes in the future!
You can check out my review for One of Us is Lying HERE.
Until next time,