There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of reading a mystery book, and we’re here to tell you about 17 that will absolutely stump you. Read on for our list of favorite YA mysteries that are ANYTHING but elementary, my dear Watson.
People Like Us by Dana Mele
Clue you’ll love it: At Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened. And after Kay finds herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation, she’ll do what it takes to survive.
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Clue you’ll love it: It’s terrifying and eerie and oddly reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. We may not recommend strolling down roads in the dead of night that only exist one day a year, but boy are they fun to read about.
Rosie Girl by Julie Shepard
Clue you’ll love it: Bound to be one of the dark and twistiest books you’ll pick up. Rosie Girl is a visceral, poignant tale of friendship, sacrifice and identity. Trust us, you won’t be able to see these twists coming.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Clue you’ll love it: The plot twist is so shocking even the author didn’t see it coming!
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
Clue you’ll love it: Despite being dragged along through insane situations on a missing persons investigation, you’re somehow be laughing most of the time – and it feels 100% on point. This book is wild.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke
Clue you’ll love it: Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret. Wink, Poppy, and Midnight will have you guessing who is who and what is what page after page.
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Clue you’ll love it: supernatural + high stakes + one big question: is the fact that Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone every October is a coincidence…or a curse?
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Clue you’ll love it: Vengeance is SO much more intriguing when the narrator isn’t only messing with the people around her – but with you as well.
The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate
Clue you’ll love it: Part thrilling investigation, part sibling goals.
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
Clue you’ll love it: If you ever thought escaping to the wilderness would solve your problems, you might reconsider after you unearth the secrets on Whidby Island.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Clue you’ll love it: You’ll still want to visit London even after tagging along on Lousiana teen Rory’s boarding school extracurriculars of evading serial killers and fraternizing with secret ghost police.
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Clue you’ll love it: On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours – it comes every 28 years. And when she gets left behind in the darkness, she’ll find out what lives in the shadows.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Clue you’ll love it: Although Cody’s on the hunt to figure out exactly what happened when her best friend Meg left, the real mystery of what’s inside someone’s heart is way more difficult to solve.
Blind by Rachel DeWoskin
Clue you’ll love it: After an accident leaves her blind, Emma Sasha Silver has to untangle what happened when one of her classmates is found dead.
The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn
Clue you’ll love it: when Arman becomes the witness to something he can’t define at a self-help retreat, he’ll have to rely on the person he’s always trusted the least: himself.
The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
Clue you’ll love it: Resurrected dead sister + world underwater + 24 hours to find out what happened. Get ready for some TWISTS.
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Clue you’ll love it: You’ll redefine #lifegoals when you meet Nearly Boswell, a high schooler who has a knack for tracking down serial killers…even when SHE’s being tracked.
BONUS ROUND: 2020 has some FREAKY reads coming. Here’s what to look out for…
The Companion by Katie Alender – Coming August 25, 2020!
Clue you’ll love it: The other orphans say Margot is lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night. And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate…until she meets Agatha.
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis – Coming August 25, 2020
Clue you’ll love it: it’s about the daughter of a horror film director who’s not afraid of anything…until she gets to Harrow Lake, where he filmed his most notorious slasher film. This town is not alright.
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