Reviews by Category: Mystery

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book I Killed Zoe Spanos

I Killed Zoe Spanos

By Kit Frick
5
Rated by
Neha K.
Jan 20, 2021

I Killed Zoe Spanos is a thrilling book by Kit Frick that leaves you on the edge of your seat with an intricate plot.  In this book, our main character, Anna Cicconi, takes a summer nanny job in a wealthy neighborhood. Little does she know, Anna looks eerily similar to Zoe Spanos, who has disappeared since New Year’s Eve. As she gets sucked into the mystery, Anna is convinced she is somehow related to Zoe Spanos. Three months into the job, Anna turns herself in after Zoe’s body is found.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book The Night Country

The Night Country

By Melissa Albert
4
Rated by
Lisa J.
Dec 4, 2020

The Night Country is the chilling sequel to Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood. After returning to New York City from the Hinterland, Alice, an ex-Story, attempts to live a normal, human life. Even though Hinterland citizens are still trickling into New York, Alice vows to leave her past behind. However, she quickly learns that escaping the Hinterland was far from the end — Hinterland characters are being slaughtered, one after another.

Teen Review
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules

By Cliff, Tony
5
Rated by
Tyler T. from BV YA Lit Council
Oct 10, 2019

Delilah Dirk is about this adventurer who has to find clues to uncover a hidden city. She goes with her assistant, Selim, and a writer of the "Weekly Observer", who is up to something more mischievous. On the way she encounters many problems- for example she has to fight a ruler of a city to get a clue! The most compelling part of the book is when we (the reader) find out Van Hassel's real plan with the city. The sudden twist made the book very hard to put down.

Teen Review
The Lovely and Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Lovely and Lost

By Jennifer Barnes
4
Rated by
Jessica W.
Jun 24, 2019

This book had an incredible story line, and it kept me wanting to read. There were lots of elements to the novel like mystery, love, and humor which made it even more enjoyable. The characters were easy to relate to and very intriguing. I had the same sense of desire that Kira did throughout the book- I wanted to know why things happened, and what about her past led her to her current situation just as much as Kira did. I thought the cover went well with the book because it ties into elements of the novel. It has the same mysterious tone that the book does which translates well.

Teen Review

The Body Finder

By Kimberly Derting
5
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 19, 2018

Violet has a strange secret ability. She can sense dead bodies, or at least those that were murdered. She can also feel the imprints the dead leave behind, and the imprints that attach to their killers. And now that a serial killer is terrorizing her town, she is swept up into the investigation. But can she help hunt down the killer before she becomes a target?

Teen Review

The Special Ones

By Em Bailey
4
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 15, 2018

Esther is one of the Special Ones, four spiritual guides who provide leadership to eager followers on the outside. She lives under his protection in a remote farmhouse. But what the followers don’t know is that if she stops being special, he will renew her and replace her with another Esther. She is sure that renewing means certain death, so she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape. Because Esther also knows she is a fake, she has no ancient wisdom and needs help to leave behind her life in captivity.

Teen Review

A Northern Light

By Jennifer Donnelly
3
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Feb 23, 2016

Mattie Gokey has big dreams of one day going to college, but little chance of realizing them. She has to stay behind and protect her sisters and entire family from financial ruin. Desperate for money, she takes at the Glenmore, a hotel for high class people vacationing nearby. There, hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with a packet of letters to burn for her. But when Grace’s drowned body is discovered in the lake, Mattie realizes the letters could reveal the dark truth behind a murder.

Teen Review

Girl, Stolen

By April Henry
3
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Mar 3, 2016

When Griffin steals a minivan with the keys left in, he thought he got lucky. He did not bargain on 16 year old Cheyenne Wilder sleeping in the back. Now, in addition to his accidental kidnapping, he finds out she is blind and has pneumonia, and he has no idea what to do. But when his father finds out she is the daughter of the president of a powerful president of a company, there is a reason to keep her. But can she survive this real life nightmare and escape alive?

Teen Review

This Is Our Story

By Ashley Elston
4
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Apr 2, 2018

No one knows what happened that day when five best friends went hunting, but only four returned. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend. And evidence shows it could have been any one of them. When Kate began an internship at the district attorney's office, she didn't expect it to be anything other than an excuse to leave school early. But now the DA hands her boss the biggest case her town has ever seen. As she helps investigate, the aging prosecutor who is her boss relies on her to see and hear what he cannot.

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