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    Updated on Jul 20, 2020. Posted on Jul 18, 2020

    17 New YA Thrillers And Mysteries You Won't Want To Put Down

    Bring some major excitement to your shelves with this assortment of books guaranteed to mess with your mind!

    1. One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus

    Delacorte Press, Kaitlyn Litchfield Photography

    Release date: Jan. 7

    What it's about: The follow-up to the smash hit One of Us is Lying centers on a Bayview that's still recovering from the loss of Simon...and all the gossip that went with him. When a Truth or Dare game surfaces that threatens to destroy the students one by one — including Phoebe, Maeve, and Knox — they know they'll have to take matters into their own hands. But as the dares grow deadlier, the question looms: What will they have to lose in order to win? (Can't get enough McManus? Stay tuned for Dec. 1, when she'll be releasing her second thriller of the year, The Cousins!)

    Buy it from Bookshop for $18.38, Target for $15.99, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    2. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

    Penguin Random House / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Release date: Feb. 4

    What it's about: Pippa may be the only person in her small town who doesn't believe Sal Singh was responsible for the murder of Andie Bell five years earlier, which makes it the perfect case study for her senior year final project. But if Sal isn't the murderer, that means someone else is — and the further Pippa digs, the more secrets she uncovers that were never meant to be learned. Even if Pippa does find the truth, will she live to tell it?

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $14.39, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    3. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

    HarperCollins Publishers, Via dianaurban.com

    Release date: Mar. 17

    What it's about: A scholarship dinner turns into a deadly trap when five students who think they're being honored end up locked in a room with a bomb, a syringe of poison, and a note demanding they pick a victim from among the group. If they can't make the decision in an hour, they'll all die, but it doesn't make any sense — how could a group that has nothing in common be slated for murder? No one wants to make the deadly choice, and no one wants to die, but the fact is, the clock is ticking...

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $16.19, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    4. The Silence of Bones by June Hur

    Feiwel & Friends / Via us.macmillan.com, Julie Anna Tang / Via junehur.wordpress.com

    Release date: Apr. 21

    What it's about: This chilling historical mystery set in Joseon (now Korea) in 1800 follows Seol, and 16-year-old orphan who's indentured to the police bureau and spends her days assisting an inspector with a high-profile murder investigation. It's not a bad arrangement, until the inspector emerges as the top suspect, leaving Seol to the dangerous task of uncovering what really happened that night.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $14.89, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    5. Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal

    Tor Teen / Via us.macmillan.com, Carlos Cardinal / Via annhcardinal.com

    Release date: June 2

    What it's about: Just off the coast of Puerto Rico lies another, smaller island called Vieques that's been ravaged by Hurricane Maria. As developers invade to turn it into something new, the very tangible threat they pose is met by a supernatural one in the form of ghosts determined to keep the colonization at bay. With a murder mystery afoot, Lupe, Marisol, and Javier have to work together to figure out what exactly is happening on their beloved but dangerous island. (Note: This book is a companion to last year's Five Midnights, though it can be read as a standalone.)

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    6. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

    Simon & Schuster / Via rivetedlit.com, Carly Gaebe / Steadfast Studio / Via kitfrick.com

    Release date: June 30

    What it's about: YA thriller veteran Frick is back with her strongest yet, a Hamptons-set take on Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca that'll have your mind reeling with possibilities until the very end. Told in a mashup of alternating timelines and podcast extracts that call to mind Courtney Summers' Sadie meets Abigail Haas's I'll Never Tell, it follows Anna Cicconi's first summer in the Hamptons as a nanny — and how her sudden appearance unsettles an entire village who swear she looks like a local girl who disappeared months earlier. When Zoe's body is found, Anna is charged with manslaughter, and eerie visions make even her worry that she might have more to do with the girl's death than she remembers, especially as a podcast dedicated to the case continues to dredge up the past. The truth is out there, but will it be revealed in time for Anna's sentencing?

    Buy it from Bookshop for $17.46, Target for $16.99, your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    7. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

    Penguin Random House / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Henriette Lazaridis / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Release date: July 7

    What it's about: After thoroughly creeping you out with last year's Wilder Girls, Power is back with this chilling thriller about a girl who seeks out a new home and family only to learn the terrible secrets behind why her mother took her away from them in the first place. Knowledge of Phalene came to Margot via photograph, but she knows in her bones it's a clue she has to follow. And so she does, all the way to the grandmother she's never known and a hornet's nest of family secrets she'll have to unravel if she ever wants to break free.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $17.46, Target for $15.59, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    8. They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

    Penguin Random House / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Allie Holloway / Via goodmanjessica.com

    Release date: Aug. 4

    What it's about: There's just something so delightfully creeptastic about ritzy prep schools as a backdrop for murder, and that's exactly what you get with Goodman's debut. It's about a girl named Jill who's inducted into her school's elite secret society as a senior, only to find herself closer than ever to uncovering the truth behind her best friend's death back when they were freshmen. Of course, everyone already thought they knew the truth, since Shayla's boyfriend confessed. But when Jill receives texts telling her to dig deeper, she can't ignore them — especially if it's true that the killer's still out there.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $14.39, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    9. All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn

    Imprint / Via us.macmillan.com, Stephen Grimes / Via laurieelizabethflynn.com

    Release date: Aug. 18

    What it's about: When Tabby and Mark went for a picnic in the woods and only Tabby returned, everyone decided they knew the entire story. Some painted her as a killer, with Mark an innocent victim. Some were certain Mark met an untimely accident, swearing that Tabby would never pay him back for hurting her by killing him. But what's the truth? That's what everyone narrating this twisty mystery/thriller hybrid is going to attempt to tell you — whether you can trust them or not.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $17.47, Target for $17.99, or get it from your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    10. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    LBYR / Via lbyr.com, Kim Haynes Photography / Via jenniferlynnbarnes.com

    Release date: Sept. 1

    What it's about: One of YA's more reliably twisty and brilliant thriller authors is back with a brand new series that's every bit as impossible to put down as her others. It stars Avery Grabes, who has no idea why she's been named in billionaire Tobias Hawthorne's will — and why she's being forced to live at his estate. Making matters worse is the fact that his estate is also full of Hawthorne's grandsons, each of whom has been shafted by this interloper receiving money they thought would be theirs. Now all of them have to solve the puzzles Tobias left behind, including the biggest one of all: Who was Avery to the old man, and what does it mean for all of their futures?

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.55, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or get it from your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    11. Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

    Sourcebooks Fire, Karin Nijkamp

    Release date: Sept. 15

    What it's about: Bestselling author Nijkamp is back with another chilling, page-turning thriller. When a diverse group of five former friends torn apart by violence, secrets, and betrayal team up for one last round of their tabletop RPG, the tension between them could practically set their cabin on fire. But there's a much greater danger among them, and it's killing them one by one. Who's destroying them and why? And most importantly, who's next?

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or get it from your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    12. Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

    Flux Books / Via barnesandnoble.com, Adam Sass

    Release date: Sept. 15

    What it's about: When Connor's boyfriend pushes him to come out to his religious mother, it would be an understatement to say it didn't go as planned. Instead of embracing him, she sends him to conversion camp, where secrets, lies, and violence fill every corner of an isolated island. If you're picking up Lord of the Flies vibes, you're absolutely correct, but there's also friendship, romance, and ultimately hope to be found...once you get past the murders. And oh, there are murders.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $17.99, or get it from your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    13. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

    HarperCollins Publishers, Andrew Fennell

    Release date: Sept. 15

    What it's about: Jackson's books sublimely encapsulate the hard-to-reach space that combines thriller, mystery, suspense, strong cultural relevance, and the tough conversations we're not having loudly enough. Her newest is no exception, following a girl named Enchanted who wakes up with blood on her hands and accusations in the air that she's responsible for the murder of R&B legend Korey Fields. Now a girl who never should've been targeted by an adult is forced to prove her innocence to a world seemingly incapable of seeing who she really is: a teenage girl.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $14.39, or get it from your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    14. White Fox by Sara Faring

    Imprint / Via us.macmillan.com, Emily Lipson / Via sarafaring.com

    Release date: Sept. 22

    What it's about: Sisters Manon and Thaïs were sent away from their Mediterranean island home by their father following the disappearance of their famous mother, and it didn't help their relationship one bit. But when they return home years later and discover a "lost" work of their mother's, it ignites their respective sparks of hope that she's still alive. The more clues they find in the screenplay, the further drawn into the family secrets they get, until there might be no digging themselves out.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $17.46, Target for $18.99, or at your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    15. Into the Real by Z Brewer

    Quill Tree Books / Via harpercollins.com, Via zbrewerbooks.com

    Release date: Oct. 6

    What it's about: Taking the gender spectrum into a nightmarish layered world, this thriller follows three teens: one who presents as male, one who presents as female, and one who presents as genderqueer. Each one is trying to survive in a world that threatens to tear them apart, and questioning themselves in the process. But what if there aren't three teens? What if it's just one teen on the biggest questioning journey of them all?

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.54, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or get it from your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    16. I Hope You're Listening by Tom Ryan

    Albert Whitman / Via albertwhitman.com, Nicola Davison / Via tomryanauthor.com

    Release date: Oct. 6

    What it's about: Ryan more than proved his thriller chops with Keep This to Yourself, so it's particular exciting to see him return with his newest, which is about a girl named Dee who anonymously hosts a true crime podcast in order to help cope with her best friend's abduction a decade ago and her inability to help bring the kidnapper to justice. When another girl is kidnapped and the case seems to be linked to her friend's, Dee is eager to help and finally get some closure — but what if it means revealing too much of herself?

    Buy it from Bookshop for $16.55, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    17. Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

    Simon & Schuster / Via simonandschuster.com, Jenn Deveraux / Via Editor

    Release date: Nov. 10

    What it's about: Want to make a cult-centric novel really terrifying? Make it read like a memoir and show how it could happen to anybody getting their first taste of independence. That's the case for college freshman Emily, whose struggle to find her place on campus quickly lands her with the Kingdom, which comes complete with friendships, introspection, assignments, and a fancy mission trip to Italy. But nothing goes down as she expects, and soon she finds herself confused, isolated, exhausted, and disconnected, and that's before the first body turns up.

    Buy it from Bookshop for $18.39, Barnes & Noble for $19.99, or your local bookstore through Indiebound here.

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