Suspense/Thrillers

Adams, Carolyn Lee.  Ruthless.  Y FIC Adams
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become this serial-killer’s next trophy. After she’s able to escape, her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.

Alderson, Sarah.  Out of Control.  Y FIC Alderson
Hoping for a fresh start in New York City, 17-year-old Liva becomes the sole witness to a brutal murder and is taken into protective custody only to find herself on the run from a dangerous conspiracy.

Alender, Katie.  The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall.  Y FIC Alender
Murdered by a spirit in her house, which was previously an insane asylum, sixteen-year-old Cordelia wanders the house, meeting other trapped ghosts and learning the houses dark secrets, searching for a way to save her family, and perhaps herself.

Alender, Katie.  Famous Last Words.  Y FIC Alender
High-schooler Willa has just moved to California with her mother and film director stepfather, and she will be attending a private school–but her real problem is that she keeps seeing things that are not really there, like a dead body in the swimming pool, and her visions may be connected to a serial killer that is stalking young girls in Hollywood.

Altebrando, Tara.  The Leaving.  Y FIC Altebrando
Six kindergarteners were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been. No one remembers the sixth victim, Max. Avery, Max’s sister, needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

Aslan, Austin.  The Islands at the End of the World.  Y FIC Aslan
Stranded in Honolulu when a strange cloud causes a worldwide electronics failure, sixteen-year-old Leilani and her father must make their way home to Hilo amid escalating perils, including her severe epilepsy.

Avi.  School of the Dead.  Y FIC Avi
When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony is devastated. Then he starts seeing Uncle Charlie everywhere! It doesn’t help that Tony switched schools—it was Uncle Charlie’s dying wish that Tony attend the Penda School, where Uncle Charlie himself went as a kid. The Penda School is eerie enough without his uncle’s ghost making it worse. On top of that, rumors have been circulating about a student who went missing shortly before Tony arrived. Could that somehow be related to Uncle Charlie’s ghost?

Bacigalupi, Paolo.  The Doubt Factory.  Y FIC Bacigalupi
When a radical band of teen activists claim that Alix’s powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds.

Bancks, Tristan.  On the Run.  Y FIC Bancks
Twelve-year-old Ben, who aspires to be a police officer, struggles to do the right thing when his parents suddenly take him and his little sister “on vacation,” and he learns they took a large amount of money that was mistakenly deposited in their bank account.

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn.  The Naturals.  Y FIC Barnes  (SERIES)
Seventeen-year-old Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins an elite group of criminal profilers at the FBI in order to help solve cold cases.  SEQUELSKiller Instinct (2014) & All In (2015).

Bodeen, S.A.  The Detour.  Y FIC Bodeen
Seventeen-year-old Livvy Flynn, a bestselling author of YA fiction, is kidnapped by a woman and her apparently manic daughter who have no intention of letting her go.

Bomback, Mark.  Mapmaker.  Y FIC Bomback
Teenagers Tanya and Connor stumble on a deadly secret while working at the digital mapmaking company where Tanya’s dead father once worked.

Byrne, Michael.  Lottery Boy.  Y FIC Byrne
Bully, an orphan living on the streets of London, races to cash in a winning lottery ticket while ruthless hoodlums track him down, desperate for the ticket themselves.

Collomore, Anna.  The Ruining.  Y FIC Collomore
Still feeling guilty over the death of her little sister leaves eighteen-year-old Annie vulnerable when she takes a nanny job in beautiful Marin County, California, and meets her very controlling employer.

Cooney, Caroline B.  No Such Person.  Y FIC Cooney
A sibling rivalry between a free-spirited younger sister and her success-driven older sister escalates into tragedy and mystery for a family during a lakeside summer.

Dawn, Sasha.  Oblivion.  Y FIC Dawn
One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

Dawson, Delilah S.  Hit.  Y FIC Dawson
Near future thriller about a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list–with the added complication of her sole ally’s brother being the final assignment.

Doller, Trish.  The Devil You Know.  Y FIC Doller
Exhausted and rebellious after three years of working for her father and mothering her brother, eighteen-year-old Arcadia “Cadie” Wells joins two cousins who are camping their way through Florida, soon learning that one is a murderer.

Elston, Ashley.  The Rules for Disappearing.  Y FIC Elston  (SERIES)
High school student “Meg” has changed identities so often that she hardly knows who she is anymore, and her family is falling apart, but she knows that two of the rules of witness protection are be forgettable and do not make friends–but in her new home in Louisiana a boy named Ethan is making that difficult.  SEQUEL: The Rules for Breaking (2014).

Fitzpatrick, Becca.  Dangerous Lies.  Y FIC Fitzpatrick
After witnessing a murder, high school senior Stella Gordon is sent to Nebraska for her own safety where she chafes at her protection, but when she meets Chet Falconer it becomes harder for her to keep her guard up, and soon she has to deal with the real threat to her life as her enemies are actually closer than she thinks.

Ford, John C.  The Cipher.  Y FIC Ford
Robert ‘Smiles’ Smylie and his friend Ben become embroiled in a high-stakes negotiation with a pair of suspicious Feds when Ben cracks a code with the power to unlock all the Internets secret.

Fox, Janet S.  The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.  Y FIC Fox
In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past–but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.

Gagnon, Michelle.  Don’t Turn Around.  Y FIC Gagnon  (Persefone Trilogy SERIES)
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.  SEQUELS: Don’t Look Now (2013) & Don’t Let Go (2014).

Grisham, John.  Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer.  Y FIC Grisham  (Theodore Boone SERIES)
With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it’s up to this amateur attorney to save the day.  SEQUELS: The Abduction (2011), The Accused (2012) & The Activist (2013).

Hardinge, Frances.  The Lie Tree.  Y FIC Hardinge
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

Harrington, Kim.  Forget Me.  Y FIC Harrington
In a town suffering after the major employer closed under a cloud of scandal, Morgan and her friends uncover a mystery as they try to learn if her supposedly dead boyfriend is living nearby under a different name.

Heltzel, Anne.  Charlie Presumed Dead.  Y FIC Heltzel
Told in separate voices, Lena and Aubrey, each hiding her own secrets, set off in search of the truth about Charlie, including if he is really dead, after meeting at his funeral and learning that he was dating both of them.

Henry, April.  The Body in the Woods.  Y FIC Henry  (Point Last Seen
While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

Henry, April.  The Girl I Used to Be.  Y FIC Henry
Olivia’s parents were killed fourteen years ago. Now, new evidence reopens the case . . . and she finds herself involved.

Howe, Katherine.  Conversion.  Y FIC Howe
When girls start experiencing strange tics and other mysterious symptoms at Colleen’s high school, her small town of Danvers, Massachusetts, falls victim to rumors that lead to full-blown panic. Only Colleen connects their fate to the ill-fated Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago.

Klehr, Dawn.  If You Wrong Us.  YPB Klehr
As Becca and Johnny plot revenge against the person responsible for the car accident that killed their loved ones, they discover that nothing is what it seems–either with the crash or with each other.

Lake, Nick.  There Will Be Lies.  Y FIC Lake
Shelby Cooper, nearly eighteen, has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby’s mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby’s father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

Laurie, Victoria.  When.  Y FIC Laurie
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.

Leveen, Tom.  Shackled.  Y FIC Leveen
When Pelly sees her best friend, who disappeared six years ago, in a coffee shop with a strange man, she’s determined to discover the truth of her friend’s disappearance and rescue her from her current captor.

Lockhart, E.  We Were Liars.  Y FIC Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Lyga, Barry.  I Hunt Killers.  Y FIC Lyga  (Jasper Dent Trilogy SERIES)
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad,” but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist.”  SEQUELS: Game (2013) & Blood of My Blood (2014).

McKay, Kirsty.  The Assassin Game.  YPB McKay
At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer Game is a tradition. Only a select few are invited to play. They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks, and identify the murderer. But this time, it’s different: the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate’s the next target. Can they find the culprit … before it’s too late?

Martinez, Jessica.  Kiss Kill Vanish.  Y FIC Martinez
When Valentina witnesses her boyfriend commit a murder ordered by her father, she immediately decides to disappear, leaving behind her old identity and privileged life in order to sort through how she had been deceived by the two men she once loved.

Northrop, Michael.  Surrounded by Sharks.  Y FIC Northrop
On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early, slips out of his family’s hotel room without telling anyone, and heads for the beach and a swim in the warm Floridian waters–and a fateful meeting with a shark.

Oliver, Lauren.  Panic.  Y FIC Oliver
In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000–enough money to start a new life.

Painchaud, Michelle.  Pretending to Be Erica.  Y FIC Painchaud
In order to steal a valuable painting, Violet has been preparing her entire life to assume the life of the missing heiress Erica Silverman, but she doesn’t count on developing a conscience when the time arrives.

Panitch, Amanda.  Never Missing, Never Found.  Y FIC Panitch
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett is now moving on from the past and starting her summer job at Adventure Time amusement park. When a girl goes missing from the park, it’s clear that the past is not done with Scarlett.

Prinz, Yvonne.  If You’re Lucky.  Y FIC Prinz
Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about her brother’s death, seventeen-year-old Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head.

Roux, Madeleine.  Asylum.  Y FIC Roux  (SERIES)
Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they’re staying–secrets that link them all to the asylum’s dark past.  SEQUEL: Sanctum (2014).

Ryan, Carrie.  Daughter of Deep Silence.  Y FIC Ryan
At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

Sandford, John & Cook, Michele.  Uncaged.  Y FIC Sandford
When an animal rights action at a research lab goes wrong, a terrible secret is exposed, and Shay must find her brother Odin before the researchers at Singular Corp can silence both of them.

Scott, Victoria.  Fire & Flood.  Y FIC Scott (SERIES)
Tella’s brother Cody is sick and getting worse, so when she finds instructions on how to become a contender in the dangerous Brimstone Bleed race where she can win a cure for him, she jumps at the chance–but there is no guarantee that she will win, or even survive.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg.  I’ll Be There.  Y FIC Sloan  (SERIES)
Raised by an unstable father who keeps constantly on the move, Sam Border has long been the voice of his silent younger brother, Riddle, but everything changes when Sam meets Emily Bell and, welcomed by her family, the brothers are faced with normalcy for the first time.  SEQUEL: Just Call My Name (2014).

Stone, Sonja.  Desert Dark.  Y FIC Stone
At Desert Mountain Academy, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley begins a punishing routine to become an undercover CIA agent, but when a double-agent is reported on campus, she is the top suspect.

Summer, Mary Elizabeth.  Trust Me, I’m Lying.  Y FIC Summer
Having learned to be a master con artist from her father, Julep Dupree pays expenses at her exclusive high school by fixing things for fellow students, but she will need their help when her father disappears.

Turner, Henry.  Ask the Dark.  Y FIC Turner
A thriller about Billy Zeets, a 14-year-old semi-delinquent in a deadly tango with a killer.

Wein, Elizabeth.  Code Name Verity.  Y FIC Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.  COMPANION: Rose Under Fire (2013).

Zadoff, Allen.  Boy Nobody.  Y FIC Zadoff  (Unknown Assassin SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, The Program, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves.  SEQUEL: I Am the Mission (2014).

Zink, Michelle.  Lies I Told.  Y FIC Zink  (SERIES)
Since Grace was adopted by the Fontaines, she has been carefully taught the art of the scam and has an uncanny ability to create a personality to help her “parents,” but their latest job has her questioning everything she has been taught and the family she has grown to love.  SEQUEL: Promises I Made (2015).

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