WHITE RABBIT and Must-Read YA Mysteries

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig has everything I look for in a murder mystery novel. The mystery is compelling, the characters are fully developed and completely unreliable, and it strikes a brilliant balance between cute contemporary and terrifying thriller. Main character, Rufus, is an incredibly likable character, which is one thing that certainly sets White Rabbit apart in this genre. While there are many things about this book that follow in the grand tradition of murder mysteries, it has a very unique voice and spirit that truly makes it something special. So whether you’re a fan of classic mysteries, a fan of contemporary novels with emotional depth, or just looking for something original to read next, you need to pick up this book!

Must-Read YA Mysteries

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a total wuss. I get totally freaked by murder mysteries and thrillers, but I still absolutely love them!!! These are some YA mysteries that had me on the edge of my set from start to finish. These are also what I call my freezer books. If you’re a fan of Friends then you know exactly what I’m talking about!


About White Rabbit



Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.

About the Author


Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

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14 thoughts on “WHITE RABBIT and Must-Read YA Mysteries

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, I loved that one! Definitely the darkest book I’ve read. I’m a big fan of McGinnis’s work though.

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    I absolutely love YA mysteries, but I have been struggling with finding some good ones lately. It just seems like there aren’t as many coming out or I’m now terrible at spotting them, lol. I’m definitely going to have to pull a few off of your list! Wonderful post, Krysti. 😀

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Mandy!!!! It is hard to find really good YA mysteries. There definitely aren’t as many of them coming out as there are of books in other genres. I’m really looking forward to #MurderTrending though!

      • bookprincessreviews says:

        There really isn’t. 🙁 I feel like a couple of years ago, there were tons and tons?? And now it’s super few and far between? I just want to Sherlock, lol. But yes! That one does look good. 😀

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