TTT #278 | Favorite YA Mysteries

We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is a genre freebie and I decided to go with my favorite YA mysteries. I’ve read a lot and I’m always looking for more. Today I’ll be share 10 that I would recommend. So let’s jump in!

1. Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

This remains one the absoluut best YA mysteries I’ve ever read. Part of that might be because it was unlike any other book I read at that point. But I haven’t read a book that did it as good since either. I honestly wish I could read this one for the first time again! And also that more readers pick this one up haha.

2. This is Our Story – Ashley Elston

I’ve read a couple of Ashley Elston books and they’re all very different. This is a mystery one and I enjoyed it a lot. There are a ton of unlikeable and unreliable characters in here and that is something I enjoy a lot in these types of novels.

3. Follow Me Back – A.V. Geiger

This started on wattpad but got really popular and published traditionally. It may not be the best book ever written but it was a lot of fun! And I really enjoy the way it was formatted. We are told the story through tweets, dm’s and police transcripts. This can work really well and I wouldn’t mind reading more books like it.

4. Little Monsters – Kara Thomas

This isn’t the best YA mystery I’ve ever read but I still had to put it on the list. When Kara Thomas publishes a new book I immediately want to check it out. This features female friendships that aren’t very healthy and in mysteries I love those! Normally I want strong female friendships but in YA mysteries these toxic ones just work really well usually.

5. Dare You to Lie – Amber Lynn Natusch

This is such an underrated book and start to a series! I adore Amber Lynn Natusch and you can tell she’s a Veronica Mars fan. It’s one of my favorite tv shows ever and I love that the main character is based on Veronica. I highly recommend this one and the sequels!

6. Sadie – Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers writes some truly heartbreaking books! I listened to the audiobook, and I think that is the way to go. The story is partly told as a podcast and that was so well done in the audiobook. It really felt like a real podcast and I basically wanted to go to Spotify and follow it for more cases (if only that was possible haha).

7. The Lovely and the Lost – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Another author I HAVE to mention in a list like this is Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She’s getting a lot more attention now because of the Hawthorne Legacy books but she had an amazing backlist. Hardly anyone talks about The Lovely and the Lost but it’s so good! It involves search and rescue dogs and was incredibly well written.

8. I Hope You’re Listening – Tom Ryan

Another one featuring a podcast! I adore podcasts, I listen to them almost daily and find that I love reading mysteries involving one. This book had a good mystery plot and I really want to read another book by this author.

9. People Like Us – Dana Mele

It’s been awhile since I’ve read this one but I still remember it quite well. Once again this was a book with some unlikeable characters, something I enjoy. And I found this a really addictive read as well.

10. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson 

Lastly, I have to mention A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Last year I finally finished the series and I loved it so much. Not everyone was a fan of the final book but I really liked how the story developed over time and I think it made a lot of sense.

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10 YA mystery novels I loved a lot! Most of them you’ve probably heard about already but maybe I’ve pointed you to a new book or two today. Would love to hear from you about it! Let me know in the comments.

11 thoughts on “TTT #278 | Favorite YA Mysteries

  1. I love Dangerous Girls, such a great book, though I will admit the downside is that I now have a super high threshold for how much I expect mystery books to shock me and yeah…..most don’t. I also really enjoyed A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, though I haven’t read the rest of the series yet. Sadie is one I’ve been meaning to read for a while as everyone said the audiobook is so good, but I haven’t got around to it yet.
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  2. I agree with you about Sadie. I listened to it last year, which was definitely impactful. Another mystery you may like is Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton. A group of girls is having their intimate images shared around the school and, as such, are being harassed by other students. They have to work together to figure out who is doing it.

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  3. Dangerous Girls was such a fantastic book, one of the first thrillers I’ve ever read. I agree, it sticks with you and I feel like I kind of hold other thrillers to that standard.

    I absolutely loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I just read the prequel to it, Kill Joy, and that was a quick, fun read. You get more insight into Pip and it was a murder mystery theme. Definitely recommend.

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