Are you one of those people that's hooked on shows like Making a Murderer or The Killing Season? Do you listen to podcasts like True Crime Garage, My Favorite Murder, or Generation Why? If you do, then this booklist will be right up your alley.
Last week I read The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and now I'm on a serious crime story kick. I've always been interested in crime stories and I know my fellow YA-librarian-BFF-sidekick Ashley is an even bigger fan than I am. So for this weekend, we're spotlighting some of the fantastic YA crime stories, both fictional and true. Naturally, I'm starting with The Darkest Corners....
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania
town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her
mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where
her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial
killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as
long buried secrets come to light.
*Kara Thomas also has a new book coming out in July called Little Monsters and is loosely based on the Skylar Neese case in 2012. Clearly, Kara is a crime story QUEEN.
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
When Erin discovers the body of her biology teacher, she begins her own
investigation into the murder of her mother when Erin was just a
This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
No one knows what
happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came
back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend;
the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. It soon becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all.
The Cabin by Natasha Preston
A crazy night of partying at a remote cabin leaves two of Mackenzie's
friends dead--murdered. Someone among the survivors isn't telling the
The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows's unsettling connection with a serial killer leads her on a potentially deadly manhunt.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant,
authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted
when she was nine years old.
The Escape by Hannah Jayne
Avery, the police chief's daughter, risks her life to uncover the truth
about the murder of a friend, Adam, who disappeared during a hike in the
woods with his neighbor, Fletcher, whom she later found covered in
blood and with no memory of what happened.
Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu
The songs Kadence wrote and sang with her best friend, Lauren DeSanto,
made them both online sensations. But when Lauren lost her voice, Kady
couldn't wait to go solo. It's no secret the two had a major falling-out
and were barely speaking to each other. Lauren kept to herself,
scribbling song lyrics, while Kady's stardom was rising steadily...until
she went missing. Yet Lauren was one of the last people to see Kady the
night she disappeared. The only person who seems to believe that Lauren
is innocent is Jude Williams, former outcast turned gorgeous bad boy,
but he has reasons of his own for wanting to get back at Kady. Still,
he's Lauren's only ally, and together they look back on their
complicated friendship with Kady as they search for answers. But are
they both really looking for the truth? Or is one of them playing an
elaborate game to cover up a crime?
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the
events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring
Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.
The Year We Disappeared by Cylin Busby
Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family
was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had
already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the
Blood, Bullets, and Bones by Bridget Heos
A history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic
poisoning in the 1700s to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood
splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between.
Since we're so excited by all these different crime books, we decided to make it the theme of our next Teen Chat & Chew in June. If you're interested in true crime, cold cases, or murder mysteries, join us at the Palmer Branch on Saturday, June 3 @ 2pm. We'll talk crime books and eat. Talk about some other book recommendations and eat. And, honestly, we're hoping you'll come and tell us about your faves too, because Ashley and me want to read ALL THE CRIME BOOKS. And eat.
So book your weekend with some of these awesome and disturbing crime stories, and then talk about them with us on June 3. You won't regret it :)