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11 Mystery Books That Will Keep You Guessing

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There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of reading a mystery book. Trying to figure it out before the end is half the fun, right? Read on for our list of favorite YA mysteries that are ANYTHING but elementary:

 

Rosie Girl by Julie Shepard

Clue you’ll love it: Bound to be one of the dark and twistiest books you’ll read this summer, Rosie Girl is a visceral, poignant tale of friendship, sacrifice and identity. Trust us, you won’t be able to see these twists coming.

 

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

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Clue you’ll love it: Despite being dragged along through insane situations on a missing persons investigation, you’re somehow LOLing most of the time – and it feels 100% on point.

 

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke

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Clue you’ll love it: Atmospheric, lush and mysterious, the world of 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

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Clue you’ll love it: A supernatural element adds higher stakes to the question of whether 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

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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 Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

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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

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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.

 

Shelter by Harlan Coben

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Clue you’ll love it: The adrenaline factor. High schooler Mickey’s life is a train-wreck after his father dies and mother goes to rehab, but it only gets more intense when he gets sucked into secrets, a seedy underworld, and a major conspiracy that may be closer to home than he thought.

 

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

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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

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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 Keuhn

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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 Smaller Evil comes out on 8/2, find out more here!

 

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

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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.

 

 

 

 

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