5 Favorite Suspenseful YA Reads

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Packed with intrigue, deception and chills, Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass makes for a perfect summer read for those looking for a new compulsively readable YA thriller. And once you’re done, if you need more suspenseful YA reads here’s a curated list from the author!

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Alexis Bass bookAlexis Bass: “A dark mystery with layered characters and a conclusion that unveils an extra chilling punch.”

After an eerie sequence of seemingly unrelated events leaves five cheerleaders dead, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. Five years later, Monica begins to suspect there’s more to the story and somehow she’s at the center of it all.

Sadie by Courtney Summers
A heartbreaking and heartAlexis Bass: “A heartbreaking and heart-pounding thriller that weaves together several narratives by following both the main character and the podcast trying to piece together her story before it’s too late.”

When her little sister, Mattie, is found dead, Sadie sets out to bring find her sister’s killer and bring them to justice. When West McCray overhears Sadie’s story while visiting a small town, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. As the story jumps between Sadie’s present and McCray’s podcast, readers are taken on a harrowing, mysterious journey.

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert 

A devastating story that unravels bookAlexis Bass: “A devastating story that unravels the mystery of what really happened on the night that changed all their lives.”

Braden has always measured himself through baseball, but when he faces the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer Braden’s father is accused of killing, the rules of the game become blurred.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Past and present collide bookAlexis Bass: “Past and present collide as secrets and motives come to the surface in this spine-chilling novel.”

Violet is only days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. Amber has been locked in a juvenile detention center for so long she doesn’t remember freedom. Orianna holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

all-night page-turner with itAlexis Bass: “An up-all-night page-turner with the perfect amount of gore and dark comedy.”

When Dee Guerrera wakes up in a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s the next victim of The Postman app, which livestreams the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons. Except Dee is innocent and she’s going to do everything she can to save herself, before it’s too late.