Karen M. McManus is best known for her twisty, suspense-filled young adult thrillers. She began writing stories in 2nd Grade (equivalent to 2nd class in Ireland) but stopped in high school. Reading The Hunger Games in 2014 inspired her to start writing again, and wrote 2 books before getting an agent and a book deal with One of Us is Lying. Mystery and Suspense books have always been her favourites as a reader, and she cites Agatha Christie and Gillian Flynn as some favourite authors. Some of her top tips for aspiring authors include connecting with other writers and exchanging work for feedback, and to create mini-biographies detailing personality traits, likes, dislikes and more to help you get to know and build a full picture of each character - whether or not it's all used in the book.
Now a hit Netflix show, The One of Us is Lying Series is the perfect introduction to Karen's YA thrillers.
She has also published a number of standalone novels, which can be read in any order: