Well, that title certainly is a mystery! And conveniently, so are the books on this list! If you’re looking for twisty, compelling, WTF JUST HAPPENED stories, you’ve come to the right place!
Once again, all titles in alphabetical order 🙂
Gray Wolf Island
by Tracey Neithercott
Ruby’s sister had one dying wish: that Ruby explore the infamous Gray Wolf Island and find the treasure long rumored to be buried there.
Ruby sets off to find it, with only a poem, serving as a treasure map, to guide her. She teams up with some local friends–a boy supposedly born of a virgin, a girl who doesn’t sleep, a boy who has visions of his own death, and another with a dark family history. Together, they must face their own demons and give their secrets to the island in order to find their treasure. Along the way, they’ll learn things about themselves, and each other, that they never thought possible.
But on an island that demands both truth and death, how far will they go to reach the end?
Atmospheric AF factor: 10/10
Found Fam Friend Group factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: Treasure Island, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Last Seen Leaving
by Caleb Roehrig
Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn–as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.
But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.
Mystery for Folks Who Don’t Usually Read Mysteries factor: 10/10
Love Story for Folks Who Don’t Usually Read Love Stories factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, awesome books
A Line in the Dark
by Malinda Lo
Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift. As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend. “It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”
ZOMG factor: 10/10
*stares at camera* factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: Kara Thomas, E Lockhart
by Lamar Giles
Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.
Then her dad’s murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki’s life becomes a mess when he’s released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he’s desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him–and why.
As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever–her life.
Twisty factor: 10/10
Complex Family Dynamics factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
by Stephanie Kuehn
Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.
But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.
Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.
Trust nothing and no one as you race toward the explosive conclusion of the gripping psychological thriller Complicit from Stephanie Kuehn, the William C. Morris Award–winning author of Charm & Strange.
OMFGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG factor: 10/10
WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFF JUST HAPPENED!?!?!?! factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: Questioning everything they’ve ever thought
The Conspiracy of Us
by Maggie Hall
Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle–beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.
CONSPIRACY factor: 10/10
REALLY WELL DONE LOVE TRIANGLE factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: The DaVinci Code, prophecies
A Spy in the House
by Y S Lee
Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment. Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn found herself at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, the cover for an all-female investigative unit called the Agency. Now seventeen, Mary must put her training to the test. Disguised as a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home in hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of deceptions, and there is no one to trust. . . . Or is there? Packed with suspense and evoking gritty Victorian backstreets, this breezy mystery marks the debut of a detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
Sneaky sneaky spy factor: 10/10
Binge-Read factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee, Also Known As by Robin Benway
The Walls Around Us
by Nova Ren Suma
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices–one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old ballerina days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries: What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve–in this life or in another one?
SPOOKEMS factor: 10/10
Orange is the New Black Swan factor: 10/10
Buy it for the one who likes: [see previous line]