45 New YA Mysteries and Thrillers You Won't Be Able to Put Down

Posted by Sharon on April 5, 2021


If you're a fan of the mystery and thriller genre and young adult books, recent months have brought a bevy of great reads to your shelves! We suspect that Courtney Summer's 2018 hit Sadie kicked off an entire trend of YA whodunits that is showing no signs of slowing down. 

To help you on the hunt for your next heart-pounding read, here's a list of criminally good reads published since January 2020. We've got deadly high school cliques, creepy stalkers, revenge plots, a Jane Austen rewrite, and more!  

All of these books are highly rated (on average, 3.5 stars and above) by your fellow readers and are available in the U.S. now.
 
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Do you like to read young adult mysteries and thrillers? Share your favorites in the comments below!
 

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message 1: by Hannah:) (new)

Hannah:) Anything by Holly Jackson or Karen McManus


message 2: by leticiareads (new)

leticiareads Hannah:) wrote: "Anything by Holly Jackson or Karen McManus" Karen McManus is one of my favorite writers. Her thrillers are always amazing


message 3: by Whitney Greene (new)

Whitney Greene I just finished I Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole and will say it's my favorite YA Thriller of 2021 so far and I've read a lot on this list. If you love YA Thrillers, I'd check this one out for sure!


Sarahʕ•ᴥ•ʔ I hope your listening by Tom Ryan
A good girl's guide to murder by Holly Jackson
The girl in the white van by April Henry


message 5: by Ferris (new)

Ferris  Vb. I recently finished the Truly devious series and it was amazing! I definitely recommend reading the series.


message 6: by Masiella (new)

Masiella the cheerleaders is another great one :)


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren The Girl Missing trilogy is great


message 8: by TMR (new)

TMR So excited to read these, to be honest.


message 9: by Josephine (last edited Apr 07, 2021 03:23AM) (new)

Josephine Greenland Embers

My YA crime/mystery novel might fit into this category and interest readers who've enjoyed books on this list.

Two siblings, one crime. One long-buried secret.

17-year old Ellen never wanted a holiday. What is there to do in a mining town in the northernmost corner of the country, with no one but her brother Simon – a boy with Asperger’s and obsessed with detective stories – for company?

Nothing, until they stumble upon a horrifying crime scene that brings them into a generations-long conflict between the townspeople and the native Sami. When the police dismiss Simon’s findings, he decides to track down the perpetrator himself. Ellen reluctantly helps, drawn in by a link between the crime and the siblings’ own past. What started off as a tedious holiday soon escalates into a dangerous journey through hatred, lies and self-discovery that makes Ellen question not only the relationship to her parents, but also her own identity.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 10: by Dhuha ✌️ ♡ (new)

Dhuha  ✌️ ♡ Hannah:) wrote: "Anything by Holly Jackson or Karen McManus"

omg so trueeee


message 11: by Savannah (new)

Savannah Lancaster Omg all of these look super good! I can’t wait to read 😁😁


message 12: by September (new)

September Angel Jennifer Lynn Barnes especially “The Naturals” Series


message 13: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Rezendes The Illuminae Files #1 - #3 by Amie Kaufman series. They’re some of my favorite books of all time, and they’re a great YA sci-fi thriller combo.


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison and Ten by Gretchen McNeil


message 15: by Silly Goose (new)

Silly Goose Clique Bait and the Truly Devious series are AMAZING! Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky and Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer are also fanstastic and I highly recommend them (plus the covers for both are gorgeous XD)


message 16: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Harris "The Time Capture" by Annie Hoad is a really thrilling YA book, and is extremely well-written.


message 17: by Jackson (new)

Jackson I've already read The Inheritance Games by JL Barnes, and now I am beginning the Truly Devious trilogy, I can't wait.


message 18: by Sarah (last edited Apr 08, 2021 02:23PM) (new)

Sarah McMillan The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) by Maureen Johnson

Loved all three of these. Can't wait for.... The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson


message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim Childress Where the Briars Sleep, by Emma Beaven, tangled tree publishing, releasing July 2021, twisted YA gothic Victorian ghost story...


message 20: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Anything by Kara Thomas too.


message 21: by Vandana (new)

Vandana Guys join my telegram club for mystery/thrillers and fantasy reads!

https://t.me/joinchat/GDNl8dKdZjgwZDI1


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