Young Adult

Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff

By Dawn Ius Today’s young adult literature isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics. To go deeper. Darker. Author Michelle Falkoff isn’t afraid to go dark either, but with one important distinction—there must…

Unlocked by Margo Kelly

By April Snellings Margo Kelly made a striking impression on the young adult thriller scene with her 2014 debut Who R U Really?, about a teenage girl who becomes dangerously involved with…

Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

Fresh Insight Into Writing Thrillers for Kids  By April Snellings It’s been a little more than a year since Donna Galanti introduced readers to Joshua Cooper, the young hero of her MG fantasy novel Joshua and the Lightning…

Overdrive by Dawn Ius

Drive, She Said By Nancy Bilyeau Some of us are suckers for a clever heist story like Ocean’s 11. Other people get psyched for a fast muscle car. And others still love a…

Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

By April Snellings Nightmares don’t always hide in shadows; sometimes they come for us on a sunlit suburban sidewalk, or lie in wait in the brightest stretch of a cotton-candy summer. Seventeen-year-old…

Mirage by Tracy Clark

By Brian Knight and Ellie Knight Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summers hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave…

The Siege by Mark Alpert

Alpert Makes Science Thrilling for Young Adults  By Sonja Stone Mark Alpert—astrophysicist-turned-author—sold his first work of fiction, a short story, several decades ago to Playboy magazine.  The Big Thrill caught up with Alpert to talk about…

How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

By Dawn Ius From it’s chilling opening scene through to it’s shocking end, Anne Redisch Stampler’s HOW TO DISAPPEAR reads like a textbook of how to pen the ultimate cat and mouse…

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

By Alison McMahan It’s been weeks since the last yard brawl, and every one of us is twitchy, ready to jump out of our skins. That’s the opening line for Elle Cosimano’s…

Those We Fear by Victoria Griffith

By Amy Lignor Reading a Victoria Griffith novel awakens a voracious appetite to…read a whole lot more of them. As a result of her former career in journalism, Griffith has seen some…

Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

By Donna Galanti In LONGBOW GIRL, teenager and skilled archer Merry Owen faces the loss of her family’s farm in the wild Welsh mountains but upon discovering an archaeological treasure, she is…

Brazen by Christina Farley

By Stacy Mantle Jae Hwa has spent sixteen years in Seoul, trying to destroy the evil mortals who’ve been torturing her family for centuries—the last thing she expects is to become their…

You Think This is a Game? by Bernard Maestas

By Anne Tibbets Young adult thriller YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME? is set in the throws of a Somalian energy war, where young mercenaries and tech specialists Ted Reagan and Alex…

Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

By Alison McMahan SWEET MADNESS is the fourth book by writing partners Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. It’s a fictionalized re-telling of the Lizzie Borden murders. If “Lizzie Borden” makes you think you know what this is…

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

By Donna Galanti Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Testing trilogy and two adult mystery series, has now released a Young Adult novel that reveals sinister…

Swimming Alone by Nina Mansfield

By Nina Mansfield I’ve always been drawn to the water. As I write those words, they seem a bit hokey. It’s not like I’m a sailor or have spent a whole lot…

Fighting Chance by B. K. Stevens

By Wendy Tyson B. K. Stevens is perhaps best known for her short fiction. Truly a master of suspense, she’s authored almost fifty short stories, most of them published by Alfred Hitchcock’s…

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

By Nancy Bilyeau The 16th century love affair of commoner Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII is one that resonates like few others. Their passion changed the course of England and produced…

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

August saw the debut of Alan Gratz’s young adult thriller CODE OF HONOR. The author of a number of historical adventure novels for young readers, Alan answered a few questions for The Big Thrill about the challenges and opportunities in…

Perdita by Faith Gardner

Sure, Arielle won’t deny that she has a vivid, even wild, imagination. Sure, it sometimes runs away with her. And yes, it’s true that she never recovered from the drowning death of…

The Six by Mark Alpert

Adam Armstrong is a brilliant, wheelchair-bound seventeen-year-old dying of muscular dystrophy. While playing one of his virtual-reality games he encounters Sigma, an artificial intelligence program created by Adam’s computer-genius father. Sigma has…

Roses are Red…Violet is Dead by Monica-Marie Vincent

Violet Sumner has a stalker. Between her largely dysfunctional family of two and the friends she doesn’t feel particularly close to, Violet thinks he’s the least of her problems. What she fails…

Code Human by N. J. Paige

By Hank Schwaeble As most of our readers know, the young adult category for fiction is booming, and the thriller genre is no exception to the trend. Centered on teen protagonists, the…

The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Jeffrey Westhoff

By Terry DiDomenico Many of us who love reading thrillers started reading them in our teen years if not sooner. Jeffrey Westhoff was one of those readers and with the publication of…

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