Suspense & Thrillers


What is Suspense fiction? by Joyce Saricks (NoveList Plus)

A sense of menace permeates the books in these closely related genres, with this unease building to a climax. Action drives the stories and dangers beset the characters at every turn. In suspense, we see the action from both the hero’s and the villain’s points of view, so we know more than the hero. We feel the protagonist’s plight and anticipate his discoveries as he seeks the sinister cause of a deadly threat. In thrillers, we become insiders  — spies, doctors, scientists, lawyers — as the story plays out against the background of surprisingly dangerous professions.

What are Thrillers? by Linda Zeilstra Sawyer (NoveList Plus)

Thrillers are stories that contain the element of a “race against time.” Often, the protagonist is being chased by someone or something. These books are compelling, gripping, and suspenseful, creating a page-turning dynamic that makes the reader unable to stop reading. These books are plot-driven.


Alive by Chandler BakerAlive by Chandler Baker

After finally receiving a heart transplant, seventeen-year-old Stella throws herself into her new life, but her recovery is marred with strange side effects and hallucinations, and when she meets Levi Zin, a mysterious new boy at her Seattle prep school, Stella soon realizes that she and Levi have more in common than she could ever imagine.



Need by Joelle CharbonneauNeed by Joelle Charbonneau

In this exploration of the dark side of social media, and government control and manipulation, the teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper and deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need–regardless of the consequences.



The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Exhausted and rebellious after three years of working for her father and mothering her brother, 18-year-old Cadie Wells joins two cousins who are camping their way through Florida, soon learning that one’s a murderer.



Code of Honor by Alan GratzCode of Honor by Alan Gratz

When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labelled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother’s life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.



We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko JeanWe’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe is in a mental ward when, with support from fellow patient Chase, she begins to confront hidden truths in a journal, including that the only person she trusts may be telling her only half of the story.



The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas MillerThe Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller

With no memory of a long ago traumatic night, a seventeen-year-old aspiring documentary maker uses her camera to keep the world at a safe distance, but her latest subject, a forlorn and mysterious boy, sends her into a perilous, mind-bending journey.



Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident, a missing nine-year-old girl, and the shocking connection between them.




Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro TogashiHunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi

Despite his Aunt Mito’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The Hunter hopefuls begin their journey by storm-tossed ship. Having survived the terrors of the high seas, Gon and his companions now have to prove their worth.



Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn WeingartenSuicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed, but June does not believe it was suicide because she and Delia used to be closer than anything, but one night a year ago, everything changed when they and June’s boyfriend Ryan let their good time get out of hand, and now, a year later, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered.



Boy Nobody by Allen ZadoffBoy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, The Program, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves.



last updated: February 2016

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I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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