You're safe at home. Why not enjoy a good murder mystery?
Five years ago, 17-year-old Pippa's hometown was rocked when popular senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal, who then committed suicide. Pippa knew Sal, who was always very kind, and she never believed that he would do something so horrible. She is so convinced of Sal's innocence that she decides to revisit the case for her senior capstone project. Her intention was to cast some doubt on the original investigation, but as she starts digging, she discovers secrets that could potentially prove Sal innocent. The problem? Someone doesn't want that to happen, and now her own life might be in danger. Holly Jackson's A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is full of twists and turns, with an ending that will leave your head spinning.
If you like lots of twists and turns in your fiction, try One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. At first glance, the plot looks like it could have come straight out of the movie The Breakfast Club (if you haven't seen it, you should!). Five teens go into detention, but only four come out. Simon, the creator of the school's gossip app, is dead, a victim of foul play. But who did it? Meet the suspects:
Bronwyn, the brain, who never EVER does anything wrong.
Addy, the homecoming princess.
Nate, who is already on probation for dealing drugs.
Cooper, the jock.
Each of them has secrets. Each of them was about to be featured in Simon's app. Each has a lot to lose. Did one of them commit murder, or did someone else set them up? Told in alternating points of view, readers will be enthralled until the mystery is unraveled.
If you like books that leave you thinking “I didn’t see THAT coming," We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is for you. Seventeen-year-old Cady Sinclair Eastman comes from old money. We’re talking Kennedy-esque, summering on your family’s private island off the coast of Cape Cod kind of money. She and her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and their friend Gat (they call themselves “The Liars”) have blissfully spent every summer together since birth. But this year is different. Cady is recovering from a mysterious accident that occurred during her 15th summer, and she is left with debilitating headaches and amnesia. Through Cady’s narration, the story of the Sinclairs unfolds, and we find that some members of Cady’s family aren’t quite as perfect as they pretend to be. Teen and adult fans of John Green will LOVE this book.
In Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, Claudia's best friend Monday is missing, and only Claudia seems to care. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable, so when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.When two weeks pass with no word from her friend, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and her sister April gives conflicting accounts. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she is horrified to discover that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? This is an excellent novel for those interested in social justice as well.
If you're a fan of Pretty Little Liars, read Get Even by Gretchen McNeil! On the surface, Bree, Olivia, Kitty and Margot have nothing in common. At least that's what they want everyone at their elite private school to think. In reality, the girls share one very big secret. They're members of Don't Get Mad, a secret club that anonymously takes revenge on bullies, queen bees and sadistic teachers. But when their latest target ends up dead with a DGM card in his hands, the girls realize that someone knows their secret, and the tables have turned. Their only choice is to find the killer before the police do, because each of them has a lot to lose.
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