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Young Adult Mystery/Thriller

Young adult mystery/thriller fiction is a broad genre of teen fiction containing elements of the mystery and thriller adult genres. Young adult mysteries focus on solving a crime, usually a murder. The protagonist, always a young adult, tries to piece together the available clues in order to discover the crime's perpetrator. Young adult thrillers share many characteristics with mystery, which is the reason we've paired them here. The essential difference is that, while the mystery protagonist has to uncover the identity of the villain, the thriller protagonist tries to thwart the villain and save the day. Thrillers also tend to be more fast-paced and action-packed than mysteries. Some books combine elements of both thriller and mystery.

There is significant genre crossover when it comes to young adult fiction. For example, Code Name Verity, an Edgar award winner, is a crossover book for historical teen fiction and mystery/thriller teen fiction.

If you write young adult mystery/thriller, explore the subgenre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.

Landmark Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Titles

  • BELZHAR by Meg Wollitzer is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • THE TURNING by Francine Prose is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You  
  • Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – Pretty Little Liars  
  •  Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – Ripper  
  •  Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – The Edge of Nowhere  
  •  Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone  
  •  Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – The Angel Experiment  
  •  Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book – Shelter  

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