Riverdale has given a fresh new outlook to our beloved Archie comics. And we can’t help but be hooked onto it. From swooning over the characters to shipping different couples to the hauntingly chilly soundtrack, Betty’s dark side to all the secrets and plot twists, we have loved every bit of it.
So, with the third season just out, let me suggest some books that will take you on a similar rollercoaster ride that Riverdale has taken us on.
- One of us is lying by Karen McManus
Five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone’s a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
With its mystery and thriller elements that keep you wondering till the end, you will find yourself yet again in a “who killed Jason blossom?” setting.
- More Than This by Patrick Ness
This is the story of a boy who drowns and wakes up to find the world he knew completely different. Where is he? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. He remembers dying, his skull bashed against the rocks. Has he woken up in his own personal hell? Patrick Ness can pull off the weird elements that fit so well with the things we love best about Riverdale. Inexplicable situations, mysterious deaths, and unlikely friendships.
- Things we have in common by Tasha Kavanagh
Things We Have in Common takes the creepy teens to a whole new level of scary. This is a book about obsession. That of a young girl, and a strange man she meets. As we all know, those things never add up to anything good.
Definitely not for the faint of heart, but a must-read if you like creepy books and being on the edge of your seat literally the entire time you read.
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
Our protagonist, Quincy, was the “final girl” aka the lone survivor from a cabin massacre that killed all of her friends. She has connected with other ‘final girls’, who too were lone survivors of different accidents, over the years and has started to move on with her life. Until, of course, one of the other final girls is found dead and the other one appears on her door with unanswered questions.
Definitely a thriller with the same kind of frenetic, breathless pacing of Riverdale, and it switches up and back in time like the show does, too.
- Dare me by Megan Abbott
Megan Abbott knows teens and the weird stuff they do like the back of her hand. Dare Me, like Riverdale has a focus on the intense world that cheerleading can be, and the complicated relationships that result from such a tightly knit squad.
If you can’t get enough of Cheryl Blossom and the Riverdale Vixens, and you somehow have not picked this one up yet, run, don’t walk!