6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson
Also assisted in its popularity with adults and teens alike by the adaptation of Larsson’s thriller into a series of films, the first of the trilogy thrills with Scandinavian noir conventions and a super mysterious plot unfolding. Older kids will enjoy the style and pacing of the story, which challenges them to try to stay ahead of the detective.