8 Young Adult Suspense Novels for Teens
by Dena McMurdie
I love getting sucked into young adult suspense novels filled with secrets and intrigue. They offer creepy settings, unreliable narrators, and more twists and turns than a high-speed roller coaster. Whether you enjoy chills running up your spine or piecing together the clues in a murder investigation, these nine suspenseful, fast-paced thrillers will satisfy your hunger for something on the darker side.
Two Can Keep a Secret
Ellery and her twin brother Ezra move to a picture-perfect small town where secrets are held close, teenage girls go missing, and murders go unsolved. From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a new twisty YA suspense novel you won’t be able to get enough of.
Come Find Me
Kennedy and Nolan’s search for truth turns up answers they’re not prepared for. Missing brothers, broken families, a hidden radio frequency, and two teens desperate for answers combine into a tension-filled thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Fragments of the Lost
As Jessa packs up her boyfriend’s bedroom after his untimely death, items in his room stir up a mix of emotions and memories. The further into his belongings she gets, the more secrets emerge and Jessa starts to question what really happened the day he died.
At a secluded school for assassins and spies, November finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. She sets out to find the true killer before she becomes the next victim. A unique spin on YA suspense novels, Killing November will keep you reading, laughing, and gasping until the last page.
After Jess’s twin sister falls to her death from her bedroom window, Jess starts looking for answers. But the more she searches, the more questions she finds. Jam-packed with secrets, suspense, and mystery, The Window will keep you glued to the page.
Watch You Burn
When the cops start suspecting her of arson, Jenny goes to live with her father. But the itch to burn is stronger than ever, and somebody is watching her every move. Both a murder mystery and a psychological thriller with an anti-heroine at the center, Watch You Burn is perfect for YA readers who love dark and gritty stories.
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black
Get ready for mystery, suspense, plenty of plot twists, and an evil alter ego in this fast-paced novel. When Ella’s parents whisk her away to Brazil with no warning and no explanation, she uncovers a terrible secret that will change her life forever.
After the deaths of five cheerleaders, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. Now five years later, Monica wants to find out what happened. But the more questions she asks, the more people clam up. With secrets, suspense, and a possible murderer on the loose, The Cheerleaders is a thrilling whodunit you’ll want to binge-read all at once.