5 YA Mystery Novels I am excited to get to! [Once I finish all my exams and ARCs]

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So, mystery is probably my favourite genres of all time. On a non-busy day, I love to curl up with a good ol’ dark mystery and a cup of cold coffee, and enter the world of thrill. But these days, I’m unable to do that, for two reasons- number 1, dumb exams and number 2, the overwhelmingly large number of ARCs I have. Some of those ARCs are mystery, but a majority of them are not (Bonus points to people who guess what genre most ARCs are)

Anyway, recently, I went on a Goodreads splurge, and found soo many good mystery novels I want to read, and will definitely read once I am more relaxed! Let’s get into these books!

1. People Like Us by Dana Mele (Goodreads)

I actually received a blog tour for Dana Mele’s second book- Summer’s Edge. I am about 10% in, and the book’s barely even started, but I can’t get my mind off it. The writing style is very good, and whether or not I end up liking the book, I know that I’ll at least enjoy the writing style, which is why I want to pick People Like Us up too! People like Us is set in a boarding school and has the entire mean girl clique thing, which sounds super nice (The irony), and I am excited to read it, regardless the 3.5 star average rating on Goodreads!

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

See, intriguing, right????????

P.S.- People also said it’s a little like One of Us is Lying. SIGN ME UP.

2. The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson. (Goodreads)

I actually read the review of this one on Kaya’s blog (Find the review here) and decided I NEEDED to read this book! The reason I want to read this novel is that is probably has ton of Agatha Christie references, and who wouldn’t want to read a novel with ton of Agatha Christie references? And of course, there’s the entire cool mystery thing, so yeah. And the cover is GORGEOUS.


Last summer, Alice Ogilve’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove, because she’s not talking. Or it was, at least. But now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex–best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back. . .

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s grandmother is offering to anyone who can share information about her granddaughter’s whereabouts. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

In order to get the reward and prove Steve’s innocence, they need to figure out who killed Brooke Donovan. And luckily Alice has exactly what they need—the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone that can teach the girls how to solve a mystery it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into.

3. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (Goodreads)

This book sounds so creepy and so dark and I am here for it. All of it. (I don’t know what that says about me, but yeah.) There’s also a A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder vibe to it, and well, considering the fact that it’s one of my favourite YA mysteries, I cannot help but read the book, someday.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe. 

Tell me that doesn’t sound intriguing.

4. All You Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban (Goodreads)

You know what, let me pitch the blurb to your first.

This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

My heart’s literally beating so hard, just reading the blurb (Although that might just be plain old anxiety), but I am so excited to read this because this sounds freaking fantastic! Give me anything that’s as unpredictable as One of Us is Lying and I will gobble it up!

5. Sadie by Courtney Summers (Goodreads)

I know, I know, I should read this book like right now, and I want to, I swear! I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read it, I even have the E-book, but I just don’t know why I haven’t read the book. And revenge makes such a good plotline, so that seems like a plus!
And I’ve heard so many people rave about it, that I need to pick it up!!

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page. 

P.S.- The cover of Sadie and All Your Twisted Secrets is so similar, I used to think they were part of a duology or something, lol.

And those are 5 YA mystery books on my TBR! Have you read any of them? What are some YA mysteries on your TBR? And some of your YA mystery faves? (Do leave them in the comments, I’d love to pick up a lot of these in July!)

19 thoughts on “5 YA Mystery Novels I am excited to get to! [Once I finish all my exams and ARCs]

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  1. I really have to start reading more ya mysteries/thrillers. I read the girls I’ve been recently, and that one was good!
    Good luck on your exams, riddhi!

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  2. Sadie is awesome!! 🤩🤩🤩 I listened to it on audiobook – which I can also really recommend – and was totally hooked! I haven’t read any of the others, but I’m not gonna pretend the Agatha Christie references don’t have me severely intrigued about The Agathas… 😁

    Also, I want bonus points! 🙋‍♀️ So I’m gonna guess most of your ARCs are contemporaries? (I mean, theoretically I should know this, since I read your post on them, but since you need to read like 50 million books, I’m afraid I kind of lost track 🤣)

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  3. Good luck with your exams and hope they end soon! All of these sound so interesting. YA has always been one of my favourite genres and I particularly loved it as a teenager.

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