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Thrills and Chills

The following is a list of thrillers. The suspense is high with these action-packed crime tales that will leave you breathless!

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

All Your Twisted Secrets - Diana Urban

From the publisher:
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it's a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill--or else everyone dies.

Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis

Be Not Far From Me - Mindy McGinnis

From the publisher:
When Ashley goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine.

Morning brings the realization that she's alone--and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

The Best Lies - Sarah Lyu

From the publisher:
Remy was happy once. She had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world. But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest...And it was Elise who pulled the trigger. As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

Bloom - Kenneth Oppel [series]

From the publisher:
The invasion begins--but not as you'd expect. It begins with rain. Rain that carries seeds. Seeds that sprout--overnight, everywhere. These new plants take over crop fields, twine up houses, and burrow below streets. They bloom--and release toxic pollens. They bloom--and form Venus flytrap-like pods that swallow animals and people. They bloom--everywhere, unstoppable. Or are they? Three kids on a remote island seem immune to the toxic plants. Anaya, Petra, Seth. They each have strange allergies--and yet not to these plants. What's their secret? Can they somehow be the key to beating back this invasion? They'd better figure it out fast, because it's starting to rain again.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things - Lauren Oliver

From the publisher:
Mia and Brynn are thought to be the killers of their best friend, Summer. The "motive" was their obsession with a dark fantasy novel which made them murder her in the woods. But they didn't do it. On the anniversary of her death, a discovery opens up the mystery and pulls the girls back together. They must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas

From the publisher:
As a town prepares for the anniversary of the deaths of five cheerleaders who were killed in three separate, horrific accidents, two teens uncover long-buried truths about what really happened years ago.

City Spies by James Ponti

City Spies - James Ponti [series]

From the publisher:
Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they're not attending the local boarding school, they're honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can't. No one said saving the world was easy...

The Companion by Katie Alender

The Companion - Katie Alender

From the publisher:
The other orphans say Margot is lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night. And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate. But it wasn't luck that made the Suttons rescue Margot from her bleak existence at the group home. Margot was handpicked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. At first, helping with Agatha--and getting to know her handsome older brother--seems much better than the group home. But soon, the isolated, gothic house begins playing tricks on Margot's mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons . . . and herself. Margot's bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha - but the real nightmare has just begun.

Deepfake by Sarah Darer Littman

Deepfake - Sarah Darer Littman

From the publisher:
Dara Simons and Will Halpern are head of the senior class at Greenpoint High, competitors for valedictorian, but also dating each other, a fact that they kept secret until Rumor Has It, an anonymous gossip site, spilled the beans--but worse is to come because the site posts a video that seems to show Dara accusing Will of paying someone to take the SAT for him and suddenly Will is under investigation and his relationship with Dara is on the rocks, even though she denies ever having said anything of the sort, and it becomes imperative to find out who is responsible for the fake video and why they are trying to wreck two lives.

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Even If We Break - Marieke Nijkamp

From the publisher:
Friends Finn, Liva, Maddy, Carter, and Ever begin a farewell round of the game they have played for three years, but each is hiding secrets and the game itself seems to turn against them.

Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel

Every Stolen Breath - Kimberly Gabriel

From the publisher:
As the city of Chicago tries to recover from the violent gang rule of the Death Mob, Lia Finch, a sixteen-year-old girl with severe asthma, works with an unexpected network of strangers to discover the truth behind her father's murder.

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Five Total Strangers - Natalie D. Richards

From the publisher:
Desperate to reach her grieving mother, Mira joins a group of college students driving home after their flight is stranded, but the road conditions are not the only mortal danger they face.

Found by Joseph Bruchac

Found - Joseph Bruchac

From the publisher:
On his way to teach at Camp Seven Generations, a Native outdoor school, Nick witnesses a murder and then is thrown off a train. Remembering and using the teachings of his Abenaki Elders will prove to be the difference between life and death for him. Although his pursuers have modern technology to help them, Nick has something even more useful. In addition to the skills he's learned, he has an ally in the natural world.

Girl, Stolen (Girl, Stolen #1) by April Henry

Girl Stolen - April Henry [series]

From the publisher:
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

Girls with Sharp Sticks - Suzanne Young [series]

From the publisher:
In the near future at a girls-only private high school isolated in the Colorado mountains, Mena and her classmates--under the watchful eyes of their Guardian, professors, and analyst--are trained to be beautiful and obedient for their sponsors and investors.

The Hive by Barry Lyga

The Hive - Barry Lyga

From the publisher:
Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. But when she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice. But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution. One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she's infamous. And running for her life.

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

I Am Still Alive - Kate Alice Marshall

From the publisher:
Jess hadn't seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. With only her father's dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she's stronger than she ever imagined. Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father . . . and she wants revenge.

The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate

The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly - Meredith Tate

From the publisher:
When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars. Her older sister Autumn is a different story. Enigmatic, aloof, and tough as nails, Autumn hasn't had real friends--or trusted anyone--in years. Even Ivy.

But Autumn might not be tough enough. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and held hostage. Now, trapped between life and death, she leaves her body, seeking help. No one can sense her presence--except her sister.

The Liar's Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson

The Liar’s Daughter - Megan Cooley Peterson

From the publisher:
Piper was raised in a cult. She just doesn't know it.

Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one. Father knows best. Until the day he doesn't. Until the day the government raids the compound and separates Piper from her siblings, from Mother, from the Aunts, from all of Father's followers--even from Caspian, the boy she loves.

Now Piper is living Outside. Among Them.

With a woman They claim is her real mother--a woman They say Father stole her from. But Piper knows better. And Piper is going to escape.

The Loop (The Loop Trilogy, #1) by Ben Oliver

The Loop - Ben Oliver

From the publisher:
Luka Kane has spent 736 days wrongfully imprisoned inside the Loop awaiting his execution. Each day is the same. Each day is torturous. But things are starting to change. Whispers of war are circulating. Strange things are happening to the prisoners. And the warden delivers a message: Luka, you have to get out... Now Luka must decide whether breaking out of the Loop is his only way to survive, especially if there's any chance of saving the ones he loves. But the population on the outside may be far more terrifying than anything he could have imaged. And in order to save his family, he'll have to discover who is responsible for the chaos that has been inflicted upon the world.

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday’s Not Coming - Tiffany D. Jackson

From the publisher:
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable--more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn't turn up for the first day of school, Claudia's worried. When she doesn't show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend's disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she's gone?

Refraction by Naomi Hughes

Refraction - Naomi Hughes

From the publisher:
After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade--until he's caught by the mayor's son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie - Courtney Summers

From the publisher:
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray--a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America--overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

Swipe Right for Murder - Derek Milman and James Patterson

From the publisher:
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do, he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgment leads him to a room with a dead guy and a mysterious flash drive, two things that spark an epic case of mistaken identity and put Aidan on the run from the authorities, his friends, his family, the people who are out to kill him and especially from his troubled past.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

The Tenth Girl - Sara Faring

From the publisher:
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi--a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother--it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina's elite girls. Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house--despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi's ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.