7 Mystery Books Like The Inheritance Games

Mystery Thriller Books

Hey there, puzzle solvers and mystery lovers! Just finished “The Inheritance Games” and am feeling that buzz of excitement mixed with the bittersweet end of a thrilling ride? You’re not alone! Jennifer Lynn Barnes has left us craving more with her intricate puzzles, high stakes, and dynamic characters.

If you’re on the hunt for books that weave together mystery, strategy, and a dash of romance in settings where every detail could be a clue, you’ve hit the jackpot. Get ready to dive into a selection of reads that promise to keep your brain ticking and your heart racing. Let the games begin!

7 Books Like The Inheritance Games (Mystery Thriller)

“The Inheritance Games” begins with a captivating premise: a teenage girl unexpectedly inherits a vast fortune from a mysterious benefactor, leading to a series of puzzles and challenges to uncover the truth behind the inheritance. Throughout “The Inheritance Games,” the protagonist, Avery, must decipher clues and solve puzzles left behind by her benefactor in order to unravel the mystery of the inheritance.

You can enjoy other mysteries that involve puzzle-solving and cryptic clues, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the plot. Here are seven such mystery-thriller books for you. These books cover mysteries, puzzles, and twists that will keep you on edge. Let’s go!

NameKey FocusRating (Goodreads)
The Westing Game by Ellen RaskinFor an apartment building, a girl and the building mates play games with each other.4/5
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManusA girl moves to a mysterious town where the missing and murder occur, and she discovers it.3.9/5
Truly Devious by Maureen JohnsonA girl starts a new mysterious school and tries to solve the unsolved murder case.3.9/5
Sadie by Courtney SummersA girl is missing after her sister’s murder and struggles with herself and the case.4/5
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly JacksonA girl starts investigating a case as her school’s final project.4.3/5
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess SharpeA girl and her friend are in a bank heist situation at gunpoint, and they discover some mysteries.4.1/5
The Cousins by Karen M. McManusThree cousins want to achieve their grandmother’s estate but must show their talent.3.8/5
Books Like The Inheritance Games List

1. The Westing Game

The Westing Game is about a bunch of different people who all move into an apartment building. It’s right next to this house that used to be lived in by a rich millionaire named Mr. Westing. One Halloween night, the main character goes into the house on a dare, and she finds the dead body of Mr. Westing.

In his Will, he leaves stuff to everybody who moved into the apartment building, and none of them knew him. So they all go to the house to hear Will read. It turns out that they all have to compete in a game together on teams, and then whoever wins wins all of his inheritance.

So during all that, snow storm comes and blocks them all in, and someone starts trying to off the other heirs and murder them so they can have less competition for the money. This book has one of the best mystery plots I’ve ever read. The twists are good, and you can’t assume one person is doing everything or anybody is who they say they are.

Like The Inheritance Games, the characters are so realistic, and every single one is well characterized. As you learn more about them, you start to figure out who would be capable of everything going on. Every time you begin to think about one of them, something happens, and it changes. It was the first mystery novel to win a Newbery Medal, which is a significant accomplishment. The writing is great, and the plot and pacing are excellent. So definitely check this book out.

The Westing Game

Author: Ellen Raskin
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Tropes: Mystery, Detective, Spy, Adventure
Number Of Pages: 192
Book Weight: 5.2 ounces
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Library Binding | Kindle | Mass Market Paperback

2. Two Can Keep a Secret

Two Can Keep a Secret is a wire thriller set in a small town in the USA, which the main character moves to with her twin brother. They have to go and live with their grandmother because their mother has issues, and there’s no one to look after them. They move to the small town where the homecoming queen from a couple of years back went missing and was later found dead. This town has a history of mysteries and dead teenagers. The twin’s aunt vanished back in the day when she was a teenager. So it hits very close to home for them.

In the book, there are two disappearances, unsolved murders, and a killer threatening the town and saying they’re coming back. This thriller was so meaty, and there was so much going on quickly. There was more going on, and the author packed so much into it, introducing many characters, plotlines, and small-town drama.

The author has done a much better job weaving a mystery and introducing many plot elements neatly. The story flows well, and the suspense is real. I had so many theories about who the killer would be, and so many people could have been actual legitimate suspects.

Something was hinted at the very end, and there was no resolution, which was a bit annoying. One thing I didn’t particularly love about the book was that two points of view went from the twins. I always tend to get attached to one character more than another. Ellery was much more interested in the case, her aunts, and her stuff than Malcolm. She and Malcolm have a budding romance similar to The Inheritance Games. If you want a mystery thriller with romance, then you must read it.

Two Can Keep a Secret

Author: Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Tropes: Detective, Friendship, Suspense, Horror
Number Of Pages: 331
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

3. Truly Devious

Truly Devious is a crime thriller that achieved Lincoln Award Nominee and Goodreads Choice Award Nominee. This book follows our main character, Stevie. She is attending a famous boarding school in Vermont. It’s up in the mountains, completely isolated, and challenging to get to. So, it’s the special school that was started by Albert Ellingham early 1900s. His goal was to create a school around the idea that learning is a game. He was very much into riddles and labyrinths. So, he founded this elaborate boarding school.

In 1936, his wife and daughter were kidnapped, and the only clue left behind was a riddle written by someone who signed their name as Truly Devious. So, it is a famous unsolved case in American history in the book. Steve is going to attend school, and she wants to solve this cold case. She loves true crime and wants to be a detective in crime solver.

So, she starts at the school and meets some interesting characters, some that have already been at the school for a year and some that are also new. Then, some crazy things start happening with Stevie and her friends. It becomes a very mysterious and fun read that switches back and forth between the present and past tense.

So, we are also getting a look into the past with Albert Ellingham. He ran the school, what happened with his daughter and wife, and that investigation. The present and the past were equally interesting, and I enjoyed them. The characters were good, but I wouldn’t say I fell in love with their characters. They only had a little depth to the characters.

However, that didn’t bother me because I was more interested in the school, the atmosphere, and the story’s plot. While the characters were believable, I didn’t connect to them, but they were pawns in a game. So, if you love books that have strong characters may be different from the book for you. There are a lot of interesting relationships that formed and a lot of different personalities. So, take advantage of it if you love The Inheritance Games!

Truly Devious

Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Reprint Edition)
Tropes: Crime, Slow-burn, Enemies-to-lovers, LGBTQ
Number Of Pages: 448
Reading age: 14-17 years
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

4. Sadie

Sadie is a young adult thriller about a girl named Sadie who loses her sister in a horrific murder that goes unsolved. So we don’t know who the murderer is. We follow two separate perspectives here. A radio show about the investigator trying to find Sadie because she goes missing shortly after her sister’s murder. Then, we also follow Sadie’s perspective on her quest to find her sister’s murderer.

The biggest thing I enjoyed most was the combination of perspectives between the radio show and how that was written, then also getting to see Sadie’s perspective. I will warn you to check out all the trigger warnings because this one has some graphic content that I don’t think is done for shock value. It always serves the story’s purpose, but it’s in their terms of character.

Sadie’s a character you root for the entire way through in terms of a character arc. She stays the same character at the beginning of the novel and ends in that same way. So, there’s little growth to her character, but that’s what the story was trying to accomplish with her. I recommend Sadie because it does fly by, and I see how it doesn’t even take up much of the page. There are many similar vibes and character similarities in The Inheritance Games. Both Avery and Sadie are trying to solve a mystery.


Author: Courtney Summers
Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Tropes: Suspense, Mental-health, Arc, Dark, Twist
Number Of Pages: 308
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a suspense and mystery series that won the Goodreads Choice Award Nominee. The story follows Andie, who disappears, and she’s later presumed dead because her boyfriend, Sal, says he committed suicide, claiming he did it. Pippa believes that there is more to this case. So, she starts investigating the case as her school’s final project. The first thing I noticed when I started reading the book was the main character, Pippa, had this pick-me-up girl energy, which I do not want at all.

Besides that, I also found her character quite annoying and mostly unethical. While investigating that case, she pretends to be Andie’s friend and then pretends to be a drug addict. At the same time, she keeps barging into people’s houses. She invaded people’s personal space by looking into their phones and laptops. Even if you consider this excuse that she was a detective, it doesn’t make sense that she was not getting any consequences from these people.

As we’re talking about the pages, keeping the mystery alive for this long is quite impressive. I loved how Pippa already knows what you are thinking, and she says that aloud. Then she gives you explanations of why that cannot happen. I recommend the book to someone who is looking for a thriller mystery read like The Inheritance Games.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson
Narrator: Bailey Carr, Marisa Calin
Publisher: Listening Library
Tropes: Crime, Thrillers, Suspense
Number Of Pages: 433
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

6. The Girls I’ve Been

The Girls I’ve Been is about a girl called Nora, who has a very challenging past. She’s been through many different types of trauma, and then she finds herself in a new life that’s far more peaceful, and then that peace is suddenly shattered when she visits a bank with her friends and is held at gunpoint. It’s because there is a robbery going on, a bank heist. So you stay with her as she experiences this. There are various shocking twists and turns. You find out more about her past and who she is.

The novel does reach a reconciliation ending where everything is solved. So I would love it. It’s full of little jokes and sarcastic humor, but it’s not as funny as the cover makes it out to be. So everything felt super fictionalized, but then you have these very real, plausible acts of abuse and violence.

I couldn’t recommend it to any young person because the content needs to be dealt with understandably. It illustrates the events as bad and negative but doesn’t excellently illustrate them. At the same time, I wouldn’t recommend it to an adult or an older reader because the writing style is juvenile.

Every chapter needed to end with a big bang, a short, snappy, exciting statement. Having a good writing style isn’t repeatedly using the same technique repeatedly shoving it down your readers. This was the only technique the author seemed to have, and it bugged me for the rest of the novel. Overall, I enjoyed the mystery atmosphere and thrilling moments, which reminds me of The Inheritance Games.

The Girls I've Been

Author: Tess Sharpe
Narrator: Tess Sharpe
Publisher: Listening Library
Tropes: Arc, Thriller, Sapphic
Number Of Pages: 336
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

7. The Cousins

The Cousins was a good mystery thriller, which I enjoyed reading after The Inheritance Games. The story revolves around three people, Millie, Aubrey, and Jonah, cousins. One day, they all receive a letter from their grandmother asking them to spend the summer working in her island resort. The exciting part is the cousins had never met the grandmother ever because the grandmother had disinherited the parents before these three were even born.

So these three are wondering why the grandmother has randomly sent them the letter inviting them to meet her and work at her island resort for the summer. Although they are hesitant to go there, the parents convince them to go because the grandmother’s estate is worth a lot. So they figured that if the grandchildren could be in her good books, they might inherit it someday.

Millie, Aubrey, and Jonah go to the island, and they meet each other on the way. The story progresses as all the family secrets start coming out. What’s interesting is that the author writes the story in such a nice manner that there are two storylines, one with these three and the other with the parents.

In 1996, the author alternated the chapters between the present and the past timelines. The story progresses very nicely, whereas, towards the end, both merge. So, when I started reading the story initially, it took me some time to get used to the book because the author introduced so many characters. You have to know who is related to whom, who is friends with whom, and how this person is connected to this person. But once the main characters get on the island, I figure out how the family tree is connected.

The author brings something new in each chapter and always ends on a cliffhanger. So you want to turn the page and find out what’s happening next, and are quite a lot of twists and turns because most of the characters are not who they appear to be.

As the story continues, many family secrets start to spill, some of which will shock you. There are false identities, incorrect autopsies, incestuous relationships, miscarriages, pregnancies, murders, and so much happening in the story, especially once some of the characters start dying. If you love mystery thrillers set on an exotic island with suspicious characters and family secrets, you have to pick it.

The Cousins

Author: Karen M. McManus
Narrator: Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinders
Publisher: Listening Library
Tropes: Friendship, Detective, Family
Number Of Pages: 337
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

Here are more similar books:

  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.
  • Mystery of the Millionaire by Gareth Lowndes.
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
  • Clue by Leslie McFarlane.
  • The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.
  • The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch.

As you turn the pages of these recommended reads, we hope you find yourself lost in worlds of intrigue, deciphering puzzles that challenge your wits at every turn. The joy of a mystery lies not just in finding the answers but in the thrill of the chase. So, keep your eyes peeled and your mind sharp; you never know what secrets you might uncover next.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below, and we can get a discussion going. Let me know if you need to read either author’s book. What your favorite way thrillers are? I am always looking for thriller recommendations.

Happy reading, detectives, and may your adventures be as captivating and unexpected as the twists in “The Inheritance Games.” We’ll see you all soon. Bye.

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