YA Thrillers have been my JAM latetly.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been a huge fan of mystery/thrillers but it seems like lately, it’s my go to genre. Over the past few weeks & months, I’ve read some FANTASTIC ones!
I consider myself a pretty good detective (not really, but let’s go with it) and I am pretty good at figuring out the WHODUNIT aspect of the book and I struggled with a few of these!
They are all SO well written.
Two of the books below I buddy read with my good friend Andi (you should totally check out her blog!) It was fun to send FREAK OUT messages to a friend whilst reading.
But I digress. Here is are amazing 3 YA thrillers to add to your TBR TODAY!
3 Must-Read Young adult thrillers to add to your tbr today
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I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 30th, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Suspense
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What happened to Zoe won't stay buried...
When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year's Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe's life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected--and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe's body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna's confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn't satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina's podcast uncover the truth?
As a member of the I KILLED ZOE SPANOS street team, it’s obligatory that I tell you to read this book! Because it’s AMAZING. So go read it.
It’s really a hard book to summarize just how great this book is because 1) spoilers and 2) there is so much happening from the very first page. I wouldn’t even know where to start.
The format of the writing can be confusing to someone who isn’t used to, or likes reading, several timelines correlating together. It tends to go back and forth but it works and actually, I loved it.
What I loved most about I KILLED ZOE SPANOS is that while there are a few details of the book I DID figure out, the were so many pieces of the puzzle I couldn’t fit and it keep me on my toes until the very end.
I also heard a teaser for the audiobook and I MUST have it!
Again, I wish I could go into more detail but I just can’t because of spoilers. But this is a thrilling ride from beginning to end. Read it – and then go message me on Twitter to chat!
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Published by Listening Library on February 4th, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
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The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
TW: Animal killing, racial profiling
I honestly hadn’t read much about this book before deciding to download from the publisher to review – I just knew I needed to get it.
First, I must share my love for the narration. This is a full-cast narration, which for me, always adds a level of detail that changes my reading experience as a whole. And since there are interviews, police reports, etc. It’s perfect!
This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night to finish, or like me, sit in your car in your driveway listening because you don’t want to pause. It’s just THAT GOOD.
There are so many levels to this story that even if you do figure one part out, it doesn’t account for the rest. The intricate detail the author has and foreshadowing is just great.
The story did remind me of the SERIAL case of Adnan Syed. But they are not completely the same (especially because one is a REAL CASE). I just kept thinking about Adnan’s case and how much injustice there is in our society and the justice system.
How the story wrapped up was very well done – and I am surprised there is a sequel! I don’t think the two cases are related but I adored Pippa and I can’t wait to follow more of her adventures and super-sleuthing.
Highly recommend GOOD GIRLS GUIDE TO MURDER; especially the audiobook if that’s your thing.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Published by HarperTeen on March 17th, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Source: The Publisher
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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?
This too, was a buddy read with my pal Andi. As with the other book we read together, she finished way before me so I was the one left messaging her my theories while she sat in basked in my misery.
ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS was unputdownable and keep me guessing until you guessed it: the end. I was totally shocked by the ending, yet slightly disappointed. Only because we totally could have gone without the last chapter!
I loved the timeline of how the story was written; present-day of the group inside the room and in the past, showing the events leading up to all of them together. There are several events leading up to them being together that leads us to think ANYONE could have been behind the whole thing.
Even though we only have one POV for the entire book, Amber’s, I do think all the characters were flushed out and written well. You see their differences and their how their secrets motivate them.
Eye opening, yet scary, ya know!?
So again, add this one to your TBR ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you read any of these YA thrillers? If so, what did you think? If not, do any of them sound like something you’d enjoy?
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