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Netflix has become more of a lifestyle than a portal to watch favourite series and movies. With access to hundreds of shows to binge on, the ELITE seems to be quite interesting and mysterious as its plot revolves around college corridors and a campus that’s more than just that. The Spanish drama follows the lives of three middle-class teens who get the chance to enrol in a posh school in Spain where they are looked down upon by their fellow filthy rich classmates. All the ensuing clashes and envy lead to murder. Secrets, lies and more mysteries add on to the flame.
Binge-watching is fun but what to do once you are done? Join the book club! Screens can go off any minute, but books don’t deceive, words don’t fail to mesmerize. It is always fun to read about murder mysteries, so here we are recommending books that will spice you up similar to ELITE.
1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt:
If you think college is all about friends, grades and assignments, Tartt will make you rethink. While the rest of the students of an elite New England college are engulfed in grade stress, proms, dates, and projects to complete, a group of misfit studs studying Ancient Greek by an unusually charismatic professor are more worried about blackmail, slaughter, and homicide. Vividly different from the mundane lives of their fellow mates, the mystery is revealed page by page by the narrator Michael Papen.
2. One of us is Lying by Karen McManus:
Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Simon, and Cooper are led to detention from Bayview High. All hell breaks loose when Simon is found mysteriously dead. There are investigators on one hand who perceive death as more than an accident and the rest four who have bizarre secrets worthy to them than life. Pay close attention or make it to the last page to find out who has been lying all the time.
3. The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates:
Human maladies, greed, and fate are often intertwined with extraordinary elements such as haunted bungalows, cursed rivers, demonic brides and evil mirrors. This is the usual plethora of thriller and mystery. But Joyce has explored the genre further by incorporating a curse that is beset on elite families of Princeton of the 20th century. The plot is as gothic as it can be and Joyce’s employment of elements works well on all readers.
4. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers:
Sayers has done an exemplary work by crafting this one with Lord Peter Wimsey considered to be the most endearing protagonist and also his lover Harriet Vane. The mystery starts when both are greeted warmly in Oxford College for a reunion but are surrounded with not so cool anonymous pranks, ominous threats, and dilemmas, all left to be found answers for.