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Teen Reads for True Crime Fans

March 9, 2021 at 2:43 PM by


Have you finished all the true-crime shows on Netflix? Listened to all the podcasts? Need something new? We have a list for you! Check out these fiction and non-fiction reads--great for any YA true crime fan!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Pippa investigates her classmate Andi Bell’s death. At the time, Andi’s boyfriend, Sal, was blamed, but Pippa isn’t convinced. If Sal didn’t do it, who did? Check out the first book in this exciting new series!

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

When Zoe Spanos went missing, Martina started a podcast on the case. After the new nanny in town ( who bears an uncanny resemblance to Zoe) is accused of murder, Martina dedicates herself to finding Zoe’s real killer. 

Grown by Tiffany Jackson

Aspiring singer Enchanted wakes up in R&B star Korey Fields’ penthouse in the middle of a crime scene with no recollection of what happened the night before. This novel explores how she ended up there and who killed Korey. Reminiscent of the R. Kelly case, this contains mature themes and is geared toward mature audiences. 

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

The FBI has hired two teenagers to help them crack one of their toughest cases yet--a serial killer that is targeting teens. To help solve the case, the teens enlist the help of an incarcerated teenage murderer, Simon, but he has his own agenda. This psychological thriller will have you guessing until the very end. 

Non-fiction Reads

The Acid King by Jesse Pollack

In 1984, Gary Lauwers was murdered by seventeen year old Ricky Kasso. The murder was referred to by police as a “Satanic Sacrifice” and kicked off a nationwide debate over Satanic influences perceived to be in pop culture, including in rock music lyrics. This book delves into the war on drugs, the personal history of Gary and Ricky and how the nation reacted to the crime.

The Lizzie Borden Ax Murders by Carla Mooney and Annette Holba


You’ve heard the rhyme: “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” Although the rhyme is catchy, is it the true story? Check out this book to find out what really happened and if Lizzie really did commit the murders. 

One Cut by Eve Porinchak

In 1995, two teens were attacked in their backyard, after a group of teens jumped the fence and a fight ensued. Both boys were stabbed, one died and the teens that jumped the fence were tried for murder, facing life in prison without parole. Was the crime the result of drugs, gang activity, a robbery or something else entirely?