Something Evil Lurking in the Dark

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Something Evil Lurking in the Dark

Chilling Young Adult mystery thrillers

Mysteries and thrillers are exciting for any age. After Karen McManus’s One of Us Is Lying was published in 2017, the often-paired genres took on increased interest and enthusiasm especially with teen audiences. Now, old mystery-thrillers are seeing new life and new ones are enjoying energy fueled by readers hungry for more heart-pounding puzzles in their books. This mystery-thriller list features a mix of historical, contemporary, and fantasy. If you're looking for, in the words of Michael Jackson, a "chiller, thriller," read on.

Nobody Knows but You by Anica Mrose Rissi
Truth has layers and sometimes the truth is not the full truth. Kayla knows this all too well as Lainie’s steadfast confidante, even if Lainie has ditched Kayla for her inconsistent boyfriend again. At the end of the day, best friendship supersedes all. Even murder. Also available as an ebook and an eaudiobook.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Linus was just trying to be helpful. Now, Linus is trapped in a bunker with five other people, held by a faceless, nameless captor. As the days wear on and the outlook becomes more bleak, Linus keeps a diary of his and his fellow prisoners’ activities and they work together to scheme for an escape. Also available as an ebook.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Dreaming of a life on stage, Enchanted Jones meets her break when she’s discovered by R&B superstar Korey Fields. It is, she soon learns, too good to be true when, one morning, she awakes with blood on her hands and the question of who killed Korey Fields. But with the artist’s controlling ways, maybe she’s not so sorry -- even if she’s not guilty. Also available as an ebook and an eaudiobook.

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake
In the year before the infamous events of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, one family is found murdered in the Midwest with just their daughter, fifteen-year-old Marie, surviving, found covered in blood. But this isn’t the first of these crimes where the victims are drained of their blood. And now Marie is the prime suspect. Also available as an ebook.

As I Descended by Robin Talley
Desperate to stay together post-graduation at any cost, Maria and Lily are aiming to take Acheron Academy’s golden girl, Delilah, down. When they enlist the help of a mysterious and supernatural power on their former-plantation school property, they can only imagine what’s to come. And it’s not long before things turn deadly. Also available as an ebook.

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs
Sloane can’t talk to anyone and can’t get close with anyone. It’s the only way she can stay safe in the Witness Security Program. But it’s lonely. So lonely that she has to let someone in. But the closer she gets to opening up, the more she learns about the truth. And maybe it’s not strangers, but those closest to her that she can’t trust. Also available as an ebook.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
It should have been a fun night on the water, but it’s turned into a nightmare and Natasha isn’t even sure how. After she ends up in the cold water, it’s a mystery as to how she got there. And why her best friends aren’t quite themselves. Now, Natasha is reconnecting with an old friend to find out what happened to her. 

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
When a book inspires Mia, Brynn, and Summer to inhabit a strange, dark world of their own creation, it’s only so long before it gets out of hand and Summer winds up dead. Suspected for her murder, Mia and Brynn can only deny it, but the court of public opinion is set. Until a new discovery suggests there may be more to the story of Summer’s death and Mia and Brynn must reunite to set the story straight once and for all, no matter how horrific the truth may be. Also available as an ebook.