Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Five top crime novels about troubled teens

Tessa Wegert is the author of the popular Shana Merchant mysteries, which include Death in the Family (a Book Riot Best Locked Room Mystery), The Dead Season (“Deliciously twisty”—Bookreporter), Dead Wind (Publishers Weekly starred review), The Kind to Kill (a Strand Magazine Top Mystery Novel), and the hot-off-the-presses Devils at the Door.

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At CrimeReads Wegert tagged five "crime novels that tackle teens, their struggles, and their relationships with the adults around them." One title on the list:
Up Close by Danielle Girard

Teens are dying in the small town of Hagen, North Dakota, and Detective Kylie Milliard discovers rumors of a dangerous game—but how do the deaths link to the mayor’s son, who seems to have voluntarily driven through a diner window? Especially chilling are the chapters told from an anonymous narrator’s point of view (“Hunters were common in Hagen,” they say, “but few were like me”). The teenagers’ behavior unnerves parents and police alike as Girard deftly uncovers each character’s emotional wounds while inching ever closer to the truth.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue