Everyone loves a good murder mystery, especially when it features teens front and center. If teen murder shows are your latest guilty pleasure, then you’re in the right place. Whether you love the classics or are bingeing something new, tell us what you’re watching, and we’ll let you know which YA book to read next based on your favorite teen murder show! We have killer book recs for all your favorite shows.
If you’re obsessed with Riverdale, read As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson
A small town full of secrets, lies, and murder—you won’t be able to put down this finale to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! Before Pip heads off to college, she starts receiving increasingly gruesome death threats from an anonymous podcast listener. When the police refuse to investigate, Pip decides to find out who’s behind the threats herself. If you loved the mystery, intrigue, and drama in Riverdale, this series needs to be on your TBR!
If you’re obsessed with The Vampire Diaries, read Don’t Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller
The haunted mansion in Don’t Tell a Soul could easily be the home that the Salvatore brothers own in The Vampire Diaries. Add in the spooky paranormal components, a gruesome past, and a girl trying to navigate it all, and you have the perfect book for die-hard fanpires.
If you’re obsessed with Dare Me, read Killer Content by Kiley Roache
Can’t get enough of Dare Me? We’re right there with you! Pick up a copy of Killer Content and escape into a story about teenage girls with big ambitions, plenty of secrets, and a talent for trouble. You’ll be up well past your bedtime with this one!
If you’re obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, read Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
One of the things that makes Pretty Little Liars so addictive is how a few little secrets get exploited until they snowball into something bigger and deadlier. You’ll find a similar situation in Lies Like Wildfire. Hannah is the sheriff’s daughter, and she’ll do anything to hide her involvement in starting a wildfire that destroyed homes and natural habitats.
If you’re obsessed with You, read Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden
If you love stories about stalkers and villains hiding in plain sight, you’ll love Monsters Among Us. It’s about a college student coping with recent trauma, a murder, and a mystery that will keep you guessing through every twist and turn.
If you’re obsessed with Cruel Summer, read The Twin by Natasha Preston
We love a good psychological thriller, and Cruel Summer hits all the right vibes. When you’re finished binge-watching the first season, don’t be surprised if you have withdrawal symptoms! To cope with your TV hangover, pick up this suspenseful novel about a girl whose twin sister takes over her life. It will fill that Cruel Summer–shaped hole in your heart.
If you’re obsessed with Outer Banks, read You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
What’s supposed to be a fun, carefree day turns into a nightmare for Ivy, Mateo, and Cal when they witness a classmate’s murder. The three friends end up with a lot of questions—and even more secrets. Strap yourself in because this book will take you on a wild ride!
What are your YA book recs based on your favorite teen murder show? Let us know in the comments below!