Posts in Category: mystery

Five Survive

by Holly Jackson Five Survive: 9780593374160: Jackson, Holly: Books

A group of six teenagers go on a trip for spring break. Their RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell service or town nearby. They find out this was a planned attack to uncover a secret one of them is keeping. Only five will survive the night.

It was an excellent book. I enjoyed the suspense as they uncovered everyone's secrets and work to figure out why they were targeted.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is great for people who like thrillers.

Cambrie, 14


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Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch

Dark matter : a novel

Jason Dessen has happy life with a lovely family and an ordinary job. Everything was great until he was kidnapped, drugged, and suddenly woke up in a place that wasn't his own. For that moment onward, his life turns into an array of perilous incidents that prevent him from meeting with his wife and son.

Dark Matter is the dictionary definition of an explosive page-turner, I finished it in one and a half days and tended to re-read the whole thing immediately, but I know how to contain myself. The plot is another great take on the multiverse concept, and the science combines both actuality and imagination seamlessly which hooks you on the story. You know this is a great book when you strip all of the sci-fi stuff, and the story boils down to a father who got separated from his family and tries his everything best to be with them, it is a personal and heartful story that is strengthened with multiverse travel which is enormously bonkers.  The prose is simple enough that it plays into the strength of the book, making it a certified page-turner.

I absolutely recommend Dark Matter to anyone who wants to break out of a reading slump. If you enjoy the multiverse concept, read it because it is another fresh take on the idea. Also, check your schedule because this book will keep you up all night, so be careful.

Minh, 16


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Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun

by Aidalro

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A cute ghost story about a girl named Nene Yashiro who goes into the legendary bathroom stall of school mystery No. 7, Hanako San. What she finds there is very different than she is expecting. She ends up becoming the assistant of Hanako Kun and together they solve the school mysteries.

I loved this book and it's a wonderful start to the world of manga. The characters have adorable personalities the setting is cute. One of my favorites.

I would totally recommend this book to any manga or anime fan. This is totally worth reading.

Analise, 12


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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1) by Holly  Jackson, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is a novel bout mystery and of a girl named Pippa who becomes obsessed with solving a 5-year-old case. Along the way, she uncovers years' worth of dark secrets.

I thought it was a really crazy roller coaster ride. I finished it in less than a week because I was so eager to solve the case with the main character, Pippa.

I would recommend this book to any teenagers or young adults who love a good mystery book.

Victoria, 17


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Mr. Mercedes

by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes : a novel

A retired, depressed cop gets a letter one day. This letter is a definite taunt to him. It is signed, 'Mr. Mercedes'. The letter's message is obvious: Do it. Kill yourself. The letter spurs the cop, Bill Hodges, to investigate the Mercedes massacre and find who the killer was.

I really enjoyed this book, because Stephen King made the plot twists intriguing, but not whack you in the face twists. Looking back, you can see 'Oh! That's how it ties together', which is, in my opinion, the best way to reveal a plot twist.

I would recommend this book to people who like murder mysteries, and don't mind gore or language that could be considered 'adult language'. This book would most likely appeal to older teens, but I read it at 14 and found it truly exciting.

Mischa, 14


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Finders Keepers

by Stephen King

Finders keepers : a novel

Two different timelines collide in an attempt at murder to cover up a successful murder that occurred decades before. Finders Keepers is the sequel to Mr. Mercades, and introduces multiple new characters, as well as adds a touch of supernatural to its predecessor.

This book was very good, but very confusing at first. You originally have no idea how to two timelines tie into each other and it can get confusing, keeping track of all the characters, but, in typical Stephen King fashion, it all works out in the end. I liked this because of how the timelines slowly converged, eventually becoming one.

If you like complicated books that force you to pay attention and end in cliffhangers, then you will definitely love Finders Keepers.

Mischa, 14


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Death in Her Hands

by Ottessa Moshfegh

Death in her hands

The book followed an elderly women finding a note about a dead body in her woods. The majority of the story takes place in the women's mind and her thoughts, as she creates a story for the unknown victim. She ventures to uncover the mystery.

The book isn't unbearable, but it wasn't my favorite. It lacked a lot of action and just took place in the women's mind. Towards the end the book got a little more exciting, but the ending was rather lackluster.

I would recommend the book to those who read a little bit of everything. It's an interesting concept. I would not recommend to someone who is more interested in stories.

Grettel, 18


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The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides

The silent patient

A woman who one day murders her husband, shooting him in the face, out of nowhere then never talks again. Theo, her new doctor, is persistent on finding out her story.

I really loved it! I loved the twist and turns this book had. You never know what's going to happen next.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers and loves plot twists.

Victoria, 17


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by Colleen Hoover


Verity is a thriller book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next thing to happen. The book is about a man that lost everything and is trying to fix it. The ghost writer comes to visit his house to learn about his wife. While she’s visiting she finds something not related to the book at all but will change everything.

Verity is a intense book that’s amazing. Once you start reading you can’t stop because you want to know what happens next. Verity has lots of jump scares in book version. It’s a great thriller book.

I would recommend the book to anyone that likes to solve the mystery before the book ends, that’s very passionate about things and tries to find evidence to back it up. This is definitely for horror and thriller lovers. I’d recommend if you want to be scared a little and have a debate with others that read it.

Nadia, 15


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The Finisher

by David Baldacci

The finisher : a novel

Young Vega Jane lives in a confined world called Wormwood. Past its boarders lies a great unknown filled with horrors and nightmares. After one of her colleagues vanishes into the unknown, Vega is left with hints of where he might of gone and of the mysteries that lie outside of Wormwood.

I was a bit hesitant about this book at first but after I got past the first couple of chapters, I was hooked. The plot is similar to some novels but it is delivered in a unique way that doesn't make it sound repetitive.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone that loves stories with rebellion and mystery. I would recommend it to those who are fans of The Maze Runner by James Dashner because it reminds me so much of it.

Gavin, 15


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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper towns

I read this book for the first time last summer. I was living in Italy for half a year when I came across a small book store. John Greens Paper Towns was the only book they had in English. In middle school I had read The Fault in Our Stars and I remember 13 year old me being gutted by Greens writing. So with all of these factors, I bought the book. I took with me on a train ride from the city I was living in, Turin, to Rome. The train ride was 4 hours long and I read the whole book front to back. The entire time I was gaining respect for Margo Roth Spiegelman and admiration for Quentin. 

This book kept me planted on the edge of my seat. I found my self in the character Margo. She did only what I've dreamt of. running away. just escaping my very own paper town. Green writes about this surreal moment between the two main characters. they are looking over their town. Margo refers to it as a Paper Towns and although I read this many moons ago, that moment stays with me. I highly highly recommend this book.

Anna, 16


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