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One of my favorite types of books to read, I’m not even sure if it’s a genre of what it is, is YA mystery/thrillers, basically books like One of Us is Lying. I love them and will read all of them.
I’ve read quite a few on this list and have just as many on my TBR and have added any that weren’t on it, to it. I don’t know what it is about these that I like, but I usually like all of them (with a rare exception.)
I ended up getting all of Karen M. McManus’ books on Kindle deals and have read 2/4 so far and very much look forward to reading the others. If you also like One of Us is Lying, check out these books.
This basically turned into the ultimate list of YA thrillers. I just kept finding more and while they aren’t all the same premise of One of Us is Lying, I think they are all still good for the genre. These aren’t all just like One of Us is Lying but if you liked that, you’ll probably like these, too.
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I LOVED this series (books and show) and am so sad it was cancelled. I also spoiled the books for myself accidentally and will never be able to forget the ending but I do want to re-read these.
Some killed Sutton Mercer and now her long lost twin sister, Emma, is desperate to know what happened. But the only way to know that is to take her place. Can she keep up the charade even though her murderer is watching?
Joy killed Adam Gordon, or at least she thinks she did. She does know what he did to her twin sister Grace and knows that he needs to pay for it.
She didn’t expect someone else to see what happened, though, and one night a note threatening to reveal what really happened is shoved through her window. They’re using Joy to reveal the secrets of their placid hometown and the demands are escalating. To find out their identity, she has to make a terrible choice.
Seventeen-year-old Kim never thought she’d plot a murder but here she is after her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now she’s stuck with him on a class trip to London with his new soul mate and she wishes he was just a little dead.
But she meets Nicki on the plane and she’s more than willing to listen to her woes. She has a great sense of humor and even jokes about swapping murders. Kim thinks she’s kidding. Until her ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies. Now she has to commit a murder or take the fall for one.
At the top of a hill in Marchburg, Virginia The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as Silent Ivy. It’s a boarding school for the daughters of thee rich and influential, accepting only the best and brightest.
But now a stranger has showed up and things are changing. In a world where appearance is everything, as long as students at least pretend to follow the rules, secret societies and bad behavior are generally ignored. At least until a popular student is found dead.
Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing and the cops are asking questions he can’t answer. His friends are telling stories that don’t add up and all eyes are on him. While he tries to uncover the truth about January, he has to face his own secrets.
Chloe wants revenge and is going to take down the most popular students at school after ruining her best friends life last year.
She’s erased everything online that would tie her to Monica and is figuring out how to befriend all the members of the clique to find out their deepest secrets to reveal to everyone. She didn’t plan on falling in love with someone she was determined to destroy, though. Now she has to choose between betraying her oldest friend or her new beau.
I really liked this one (I love all Sara Shepard though) and know I read the second one, too but I cannot remember what happens so I’ll need to reread these, too. Maybe I’ll have a Sara Shepard summer.
At first Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker think they have nothing in common but it turns out they all hate Nolan and come up with the perfect plan to murder him. Jokingly, of course. But when he shows up dead in the way they talked about, they become the prime suspects,
When Nico’s older sister, Sarah, disappears, everyone is devastated but Nico feels relieved from Sarah’s cruelties. Four years later, Sarah is found.
She doesn’t seem the same as the one Nico knew. Her retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life including where she’s been the last four years and the day she vanished.
As the days go by, it becomes clear to Nico that more than one person knows what really happened to Sarah.
Everyone thinks they know what happened when Tabby came out of the woods but Mark didn’t. Some say she pushed him off a cliff even though she doesn’t like hiking. Some say it was an accident, that she loved him and would never hurt him, even if he hurt her.
This one sounds really interesting because it’s told from everyone but Tabby’s perspective as the people from her town string the events together.
Trixie left a party one night and walked into the ocean. Fiona says she doesn’t remember anything but she believes Trixie isn’t really dead.
The trail of clues leads her to Beau and Jasper, Trixie’s friend with benefits who turned Fiona down and may be happy Trixie isn’t around anymore.
The closer she gets to Beau and Jasper, the more she learns her friend may not have been who she thought and that she may have wanted to disappear the whole time.
There may be skeletons in Kay Donovan’s closet but she’s put that behind her and has reinvented herself. Now she runs her private school as the star of the soccer team with effortlessly popularity. This all changes when she find’s a dead girl in the lake on campus.
The dead girl left a computer-coded scavenger hunt/revenge blog that begins to unravel her life and the lives of her friends. But, backed into a corner, she’ll do what she needs to survive.
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls after moving in with her dad and starting a new life that is surprisingly charming, especially compared to her old life.
She even has close friends, Jade and Bailey, now but they start acting distant and weird, not inviting her to the biggest party of he year. She can’t even ask Bailey about it because she never made it home from the party. Now Broken Falls isn’t so welcoming and everyone is looking to her for answers.
I read this one in February and I liked it but I liked The Cheerleaders more and can’t wait for That Weekend.
This description is right from Good Reads because I honestly don’t know how to summarize this:
“Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.”
Dara and Nick were inseparable before the accident that left Dara scarred and the two sisters estranged. Nick thinks Dara is just messing around when she disappears on her birthday but when Madeline Snow also disappears, Nick starts to think they may be connected.
Emma Baines murder shocked everyone and three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list. She was always known as a good girl but appearances aren’t always what they seem. Long buried secrets will come to light as the clock ticks to find Emma’s killer.
Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend thanks to their obsession with a book called The Way into Lovelorn where their fantasies became twisted and deadly. But they didn’t.
On the anniversary of Summer’s death, Brynn and Mia are reunited thanks to a seemingly insignificant discovery. They must confront what happened all those years ago, no matter how monstrous they were.
Hattie wants to be more than the good student, good daughter, and good girlfriend. But that turns out to be extremely dangerous and her small community is destroyed when she is found stabbed to death.
It soon comes to light that she was in a secret online relationship. As they search for what really happened, the town’s dark secrets start coming out.
Remy used to be happy. She had her boyfriend, Jack, and her best friend, Elise. But now Jack is dead and Elise pulled the trigger.
The police and Remy investigate simultaneously to see if it was self-defense or something deeper. Remy sifts through her memories to find any bit of truth that could save her friendship.
This sounds a little bit like Saw but teens at a scholarship dinner. This is also the most similar book to One of Us is Lying on the list.
Six students with nothing in common are invited to a scholarship dinner where they’re locked in with a bomb and syringe filled with poison. They have to choose one to kill or they all die.
They go over the last year to see how they’re all connected and who may want them dead. It’s clear everyone is hiding something but time is running out as they decide who dies.
Ellery has never been to Echo Ridge but she knows all about it since her aunt went missing there when she was 17. Then five years ago a homecoming queen was killed there. And now she and her brother are moving there to live with a grandmother they barely know.
Upon arrival, it’s promised that the homecoming season will be as dangerous as it was five years ago. Or worse.
Pippa Fitz-Amobi’s senior capstone project starts out as an examination of the Andie Bell murder case but quickly turns into a full investigation with the supposed murderers brother who wants to help clear his brother, Sal’s, name.
Things start out innocent enough but quickly go downhill when someone in Fairview decides they don’t want her digging anymore. Now their lives are in danger but they’re determined to get to the bottom of everything.
I read this one in February and LOVED it!
Albert Ellingham opened Ellingham Academy in Vermont to make learning a game. The school is full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. When the school opened, though, his wife and daughter were kidnapped and all that was left behind was a riddle signed “Truly, devious” becoming one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American history.
Stevie Bell is about to start her first year at Ellingham Academy and has made it her goal to solve the cold case. Strange things are going on and it turns out that truly devious has made a comeback and gotten away with murder.
This one is super high on my TBR, for sure. Also, the covers of this series are amazing!
E. Lockhart has weird book descriptions. Here is this one direct from Good Reads:
“#A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
Sophie has been sober for nine months, two weeks, and six days. Four months ago Mina, her best friend, was killed in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong. Sophie knows it wasn’t, though, and that she was murdered.
Sophie is forced back into rehab but once she’s out, she’s on the trail of the killer, trying to track them down before they find her.
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins that barely know each other but are all summoned by their rich grandmother they’ve never met to work at her island resort for the summer.
Their parents all agree not going isn’t an option and when they arrive on the island, it’s clear her plans for them are not what they thought and that their family has a lot of darker secrets than they thought.
I read this one in April and I liked it enough but I also liked Two Can Keep a Secret more.
Everyone knows who Delilah is after she made a video that went viral. And now that she’s in LA, things are going to change, she just has no idea how much.
Jasmine grew up in the spotlight but if the world really knew what she was like? Cancelled.
Fiona will always have the crowd smiling but she would be ruined if everyone found out what a hot mess she is.
Scarlet is perfection. She and her boyfriend, Jack, even have a fanbase shipping them. But are they really so perfect?
It’s hot in California and someone is going to get burned.
Everyone knows the perfect Saybrook family. The only thing more impressive than the Saybrook diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewel empire. But it’s not all perfect. In addition to the jewel empire, they have to deal with a family curse.
Tragedy strikes when the beloved Poppy throws herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked. Soon, all the cousins receive and ominous threat: one down, four to go. They have to uncover the truth before they lose their own lives.
Aldrich University is rocked to it’s core when a hacker leas 40,000 emails onto an easily searchable database and things get bad fast. Rumors and affairs leak and things get worse when Dr. Greg Strasser is found murdered.
Willa returns to the hometown she left fifteen years ago after a night she wants to forget. She’s an investigative reporter and knows something is fishy about his death. She’s determined to find the truth before someone else is murdered.
Gigi, Bette, and June have seen enough drama at their prestigious Manhattan ballet school. Gigi just wants to dance, but that may kill her. Bette wanting to escape the shadow of her sister brings out a dangerous side to her. And if June doesn’t land the starring role, her mother will end her dancing dreams forever.
The girls will do whatever it takes to be the best.
Julep’s father is an old-school grifter that sent her to St. Agatha High, a swanky Chicago high school where she can mingle with the upper crust. For spending money, she runs petty scams for classmates. Her plans to get the golden ticket to Yale fall apart when she comes home to a ransacked apartment and her father gone.
With the help of Tyler, the resident prince charming, and Sam, her hacker sidekick, she begins to trace her father’s clues to find him. She’s in way over her head but she’s doing whatever she can to find him before his mark finds her.
Piper can’t wait for high school to be over. She’s getting by just fine until she finds a notebook with mutilated pictures and a list of student sins. She’s sure it’s too gruesome to be cruel until the popular girl, Stella, dies when a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone thinks it’s suicide but when Piper remembers it from the book, she suspects something worse.
she’s drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep and her fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text telling her to make things right. All she has to do is choose someone that deserves to be punished.
This is the only one on the list that I’ve read and didn’t like that much. It’s not bad but it wasn’t my favorite.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. Before Rachel shut her out, at least. Rachel is found dead in her home and the police blame gang problems but Jaycee believes it has to do with the night at the old house.
Rachel’s text is the first clue that sends her on a quest for the truth with the reluctant help of Eduardo, a friend of Rachel’s and the only person Jaycee can trust.
Thanks to the list, ten lives are transformed at Vienna High. Kenzie can’t believe she made the list of hottest girls at school but her average life becomes dazzling when she’s put at number five.
This year, though, if you’re on the list, you’re life doesn’t just change, it ends. Kenzie is determined to find out the deadly secret of the list before her number is up.
Jar island is the picture-perfect New England beach town, except for the three girls plotting revenge. Kat is sick of being bullied by her best friend. Lillia is going to put a stop to one of her guy friends hooking up with her little sister. And Mary is going to get back at the boy responsible for a traumatic event in her past.
None of them can do this alone, but together, they can do anything.
Everything is perfect in Gold Coast, Long Island. Until three years ago when Jill found out it wasn’t. Her best friend Shaila was killed by her boyfriend their freshman year and after the night Graham confessed, she tried to move on.
Now she’s a senior and a member of the Players secret society. She’s going to have the best year ever. Until she starts getting texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence. She has to find out who really killed her best friend but this could put her relationships and future in jeopardy.
Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot want everyone to think they have nothing in common. Everything about their lives is different but they do have one thing in common: they’re members of the Don’t Get Mad secret society where they get revenge on school bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.
They realize they’re not as secret as they thought when their latest target is found dead with a “DGM” card in his hands. Now someone wants revenge on them.
Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut five years ago with no idea what happened.
Seneca Frazier sees a message pleading for help on the Case Not Closed message board and knows she can’t ignore it. It’s the case that got her addicted to true crime, after all.
She decides to spend spring break working on the case with her friend Maddy from the message board, but when she meets her, she’s nothing like she expected. And Helena’s sister Aerin doesn’t seem to want help after all. Plus, Seneca has her own secret. Brett is another superfan from the site that joins them to get to the bottom of things but the killer is watching to make sure the case stays cold.
A year ago, someone died at a party and the five people that played a part refused to tell the truth. Until now.
Tonight, the five survivors arrive at a secluded mansion thinking they’re going to compete for $50,000. Instead, they realize they’ve been lured there by someone that wants revenge and will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.
This one is really similar to One of Us is Lying but in a mansion instead of detention.
I am so excited for this one!
Everyone knows the Ivies, the coveted universities, but not everyone knows the Ivies, the five girls at Cafflin Academy that will do whatever it takes to get into the Ivy League.
They disrupt class ranks improve their own odds by decreasing the chances of others. The competitive college admissions process is serious business. And even sometimes deadly.
This is another one I am SO excited for. I’ve wanted to read this one for a while though but keep forgetting about it.
Hope is sick of being treated like she’s breakable just because she has cystic fibrosis. She’s sick of being babied by her mom and over protective best friend, Ethan. She’s worried about how to pay for her expensive medicine. And she’s bored with her life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.
So when an invitation from a group called the Society arrives, she jumps at the chance for a ticket out. She just has to do some dares to earn some real money but soon she finds out the game isn’t a choice. It’s a requirement.
This one also kind of sounds like NEED, but a little different.
I read this one in May and I really liked it!
First, two girls were killed in a car accident, then two were murdered by their neighbor, and the fifth committed suicide. After this, the Sunnybrook cheer squad was disbanded.
Five years later, the students and staff want to remember the cheerleaders, but not Monica. She just wants to forget, but when she finds mysterious letters in her stepfather’s desk along with her dead sister’s cell phone, she has to get to the bottom of what really happened five years ago.
Good Reads even says this is the perfect book like One of Us is Lying (and A Good Girls Guide to Murder which is amazing.)
Ten years ago the Magpie Man murdered Jess’s mother. She was the first victim but not the last and now Jess is the start of a YouTube reality series to catch the killer. Everyone is watching. Including the Magpie Man.
When Claire wakes up alone and covered in blood on a hiking trail with no memory of the last forty-eight hours, the perfect prom weekend getaway is over.
Everyone wants answers, especially Claire, since her two best friends are now missing. She remembers Friday night, but that’s it.
She knows the answers are somewhere in her memory. She knows everyone has their secrets, including her missing friends. She also knows she’s probably not going to like what she remembers.
Tress Knows family used to mean something, but now she doesn’t have one. They disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home and she lost everything. She may still be a Montor but the town shuns her now that she lives with her one-eyed grandpa at the “White Trash Zoo.”
Felicity has everything. Including a secret she’s kept tucked away. She knows one misstep could send her tumbling down the social ladder. She’s made everyone forget she was with the Montors the night they disappeared, including herself. All she knows is that when she sees Tress, she has a panic attack.
Tress has a plan to get to the bottom of what happened. At a Halloween party, she’ll pry the truth from Felicity as she slowly seals her into a coal chute. She’ll get her answers or settle for revenge as a drunken party rages above and a panther is on the prowl.
Have you read any of the books like One of Us is Lying? Which ones? Which is your favorite? Which are you going to read next?