Top 10 YA Mysteries on Goodreads
If we have learned anything from investigating young adult mysteries, it's that adults can really get in the way of the real sleuths. Step aside, bumbling detectives and ignorant authority figures—the teens have got this covered.
Besides featuring a precocious lead, the most popular Young Adult mysteries on Goodreads are full of grim crimes, deranged bad guys, and a lot of issues with memory loss. Thousands of our members have added each of these books to their shelves. Will you?
Pretty Little Liars
by Sara Shepard
Dirty little secrets and a missing person case overtake a gossip-hungry school in this suspenseful series starter that has since been adapted into a hit television show.
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Two years after a summer shrouded in secrecy, Cadence returns to her wealthy family's island retreat to untangle a mystery…and her own unreliable memories.
I Am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak
From the author of The Book Thief, this is the story of Ed, an underage cabbie who accidentally becomes the messenger of a cryptic and anonymous entity.
The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin
When millionaire Samuel W. Westing dies, he leaves behind a strange, crafty game for sixteen unlikely people. The prize? Westing's entire fortune.
The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson
Rory arrives at her London boarding school right before a horrific killing spree in this harrowing tale that blends mystery with paranormal fantasy.
by Lauren Oliver
When Dara disappears, Nick assumes she's playing around—until another girl goes missing in this gripping mystery from the author of Delirium.
I Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga
Most teenagers aren't allowed to join police manhunts, but most teens aren't like Jazz, the charming, observant son of the world's most infamous serial killer.
A Study in Charlotte
by Brittany Cavallaro
Charlotte Holmes, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock, didn't just inherit the famous detective's genius; she also has his volatile temper and knack for finding trouble.
Don't Look Back
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Two teen girls disappear one night, and only one comes back. With no recollection of what happened, Sam fights to reclaim her memories to save the other girl's life.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect
by James Patterson
Tandy Angel was the last person to see her parents alive. Unable to trust the police or her siblings, she conducts her own investigation to find the truth.
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