Bookish Item | YA Mystery/Thriller Recommendations

Fall is coming and during this lovely season I love to read mystery/thriller stories. Because I read both a lot of YA and Adult mystery/thrillers I figured I would just stick to YA mystery/thriller novels today. These aren’t all the YA mystery/thrillers I read but a couple of the ones I enjoyed the best. Most of them are contemporary but one or two might not be… Let’s get into it!

Dangerous Girls / Dangerous Boys – Abigail Haas
I’ve talked about Dangerous Girls multiple times and you all might know how much I loved this one by now haha. Dangerous Boys is not a sequel but is a bit of a similar story. While I did enjoy that one as well, I didn’t love it as much as Dangerous Girls. I’d suggest reading Boys before Girls so you won’t be ‘disappointed’, or if you only want to read one, go for Girls! Coincidentally I saw someone talk about Dangerous Girls today saying it was a concept she had read a lot and that this wasn’t the best she read. For me personally this was actually the first story like this I read and I have never read another that I liked as much. I guess it depends on when you read the story and who reads the story. All I can say is, I loved it and it kept me guessing all throughout the story.

Follow Me Back / Tell Me No Lies – A.V. Geiger
I got Follow Me Back in my bday surprise box from Candyce and read the whole book that night. It was unputdownable (is that an actual word?) and I read it in one sitting. This one was definitely a little bit haunting and the sequel was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. While Tell Me No Lies wasn’t as good as Follow Me Back it was pretty solid and very enjoyable. I enjoyed the way these stories were told, with twitter messages, text messages and police reports throughout the story. And once again I wasn’t sure how these would play out, I kept guessing basically the whole time and that is one of the thing I love most about mystery/thrillers.

People Like Us – Dana Mele
I read this one not too long ago actually and Candyce and I did a buddy review for it. There were some things that annoyed me during the story but I loved the overall idea of the book. The boarding school setting is one that I’ll forever enjoy and that was true for this one as well. I wasn’t completely happy with the ending to be honest but the road to get there was very well down.

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson
This was a 2018 release and I listened to the audiobook in February I believe. I was a little bit confused at first, the book switches between the present and the past but that wasn’t made clear in the audiobook and it took me awhile to figure that out. The mystery (or mysteries better yet) in this book is so compelling and I really liked trying to figure out what was going on. This is going to be a trilogy I believe and I’m very excited for the sequel. 

The Call – Peadar O Guilin
I loved this horror/thriller YA fantasy and think it’s the perfect read for Halloween. This was pretty scary and another one I just had to finish so I would be able to go to sleep haha. There is a sequel but I haven’t picked it up yet. I listened to the audiobook and thought it was quite good. Definitely want to listen to the sequel pretty soon. I might actually pick it up this Halloween. 

172 Hours on the Moon – Johan Harstad
Another non-contemporary and one of the scariest ones on this list! This is a sci-fi novel and I never thought it would be so scary. I had to finish it and then start a fluffy contemporary before I was able to fall asleep haha. That’s how unsettling the story was and it still haunts me a bit 😉 If you want a thriller that isn’t contemporary I would definitely recommend this one. 

The Naturals series – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
One of the best and one of my most favorite on this list. I picked this up after reading somewhere that it was like Criminal Minds but with teenagers. Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows and it was very enjoyable to read a book series with the same ideas. Every next one in the series got better and I enjoyed the series more and more. I was pretty sad when I realized we wouldn’t be getting anymore book in this series. Luckily we did get a novella last year and I loved that one! I do keep on hoping for more books or maybe a tvshow or something.

Have you read any of these books? And would you consider reading them? Let me know in the comments!

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