Teen Mystery Book Reviews
Albert Einstein said: “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” So take a cue from Einstein, channel your inner Nancy Drew and get lost in one of these suspenseful tales- the perfect accompan iment to the chilly fall weather!
Fragile by Lisa Unger
In the Hollows, a small New York suburb where they grew up, psychologist Maggie and her husband, police detective Jones are raising their angsty teenage son, Ricky. While Maggie struggles with the fact that her child is growing up, Jones’ is disapproving of his son’s rock and roll band aspirations, and his son’s troubled girlfriend, the bands lead singer Charlene. However, when Charlene goes missing, and Ricky is questioned, the residents of the Hollows are reminded of an eerily similar event that plagued the town years ago. Maggie, Jones and their now adult classmates (most of which have kids in Ricky’s class) including Melody, Charlene’s mom, are brought back to the terrible event that happened years ago. Perhaps more people know what happened. Will the secrets of yesteryear impact what’s happening now? Though somewhat odd in the fact that the narrations flip seemingly randomly, this tale shows how maybe we don’t know our friends and neighbors as much as we think. The mysteries surrounding these occurrences shows the consequences of action, and question whether the past should stay in the past as well as the fact that maybe the truth is more dangerous than it seems.
Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Newly separated from her husband with her young daughter in tow, Jane Hudson has just accepted a job as a Latin teacher at Heart Lake, the all-girls boarding school she attended twenty years prior. Jane becomes attached to her students, especially a trio of sullen best friends. However, spooky similarities begin to remind Jane of her past at Heart Lake. As a student, Jane’s two roommates and one’s brother (and best friends) suspiciously all committed suicide by the icy lake. The Heart Lake girls have obsessed over the incidents since. As old journal entries appear of her desk and odd suicidal attempts plague her new students, Jane must come to terms with her past and unravel the mystery of what’s going on-and what happened to her friends so many years ago. While the ending of this book is somewhat trite, the story unfolds through flashback, laced with Latin allegory, filled with suspense and mystery.
Paper Towns by John Green
High School senior Quentin aka Q has always had a crush on Margo, his childhood best friend and neighbor. However, they drifted apart. Margo is popular, wild and adventurous. Q is not. When Margo randomly pops in his window one night, Q is thrilled. They go on an all-night adventure that reminds Q of their childhood connection, and hopes it could turn into a romance. Maybe Margo isn’t such a stranger after all. At the end of the night, Q is ecstatic. The next day, however, Margo does not show up to school. While everyone else seems to chalk it up to her wild ways (it’s not the first time she has skipped out), Q is convinced that something else is going on. He believes that Margo has left clues to where she is that are meant only for him to solve. With the help of his pals Radar and Ben and Margo’s best friend Lacey, an obsessive search starts. In the process, Q learns a lot about himself, his past and of the girl he thought he knew everything about.
Jillian Bietz – Teens. Jillian Bietz is a journalism student.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.