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High Stakes Thrillers That Will Keep You Guessing

If you’re looking to escape real life for a bit for some fictional thrills, these high stakes books have everything you need, from royals to reanimated sisters to assassins! Scroll down for 16 high stakes thrillers that are sure to keep you guessing.


League of Liars by Astrid Scholte

League of Liars

Four teens. Illegal magic. The ultimate jail break. League of Liars is the perfect thriller for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder!


A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

sky beyond the storm

We’ve been waiting not so patiently for this book after A Reaper at the Gates ripped our hearts out, and with the fates of Laia, Elias, and so many other faves at stake, Sabaa Tahir DELIVERED on the jaw-dropping finale we were all hoping for!


The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz


Magic, assassins, and royal secrets: this book has it all. Cal and Shadow are a reluctant assassin-apprentice team hunting down a new threat to the kingdom when they stumble upon truths that will change their lives forever.


The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs

Desolations of Devil's Acre

The fate of all peculiardom hangs in the balance as Jacob and his friends race through some of the most dangerous loops in history and face the deadliest enemies yet in the epic conclusion to the #1 Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.


The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae


Between the Crossing, deadly royal heirs, a love triangle that left us DEEPLY conflicted, a human sacrifice (Zahru, how do you get yourself into these situations?!), and a kingdom at stake, The Kinder Poison MORE than deserves a place on this list!


The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe 


We can’t wait to unravel the twisted web of lies and murder behind this fantastic story, soon to be adapted into a feature film starring Millie Bobby Brown! Nora is trapped as a bank heist hostage with her ex-boyfriend and her new girlfriend, but her own dangerous secrets might be the death of them all.


They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman


Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island. Someone killed Sheila, and Jill has vowed to find out who did…but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.


House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland 


A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.


The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh

the righteous

In this latest installment of The New York Times bestselling quartet that began with The Beautiful, Pippa journeys to the treacherous and beguiling world of the fey in search of answers but instead falls in love.


They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman 

they'll never catch us

From rising star Jessica Goodman, author of They Wish They Were Us, comes a new fast-paced thriller about two sisters vying for the top spot on their cross-country team–the only way out of their stifling small town. But their dreams are suddenly thrown into peril when a new girl threatens to take away everything they’ve worked for… until she disappears.


Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi


A deadly virus is only one of the conspiracies behind this futuristic society that kept us on the edge of our seats. It may have been five years since the Biafran War, but Ify and Uzo soon learn that the fight for justice has just begun.


Renegade Flight by Andrea Tang


Aurora Rising meets Top Gun, with the addition of cybernetic dragons, in this is the witty, romantic, and electrifying sci-fi novel by Andrea Tang.


Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos 


Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin’ in this bitingly funny YA thriller about a kickass group of teens battling a ravenous group of zombies.


Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

beasts of prey

In this blockbuster fantasy series, perfect for fans of Kingdom of the Wicked and Iron Widow, fate binds two Black teenagers together as they journey into a magical jungle to hunt down a vicious monster.


Coming soon…

Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes – Coming March 22!

Remember me gone

Lucy Miller’s family has the unique ability to remove people’s painful memories—but Lucy isn’t prepared for truths she will uncover in this twisty speculative thriller, perfect for fans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Neal Shusterman.


Secrets So Deep by Ginny Myers Sain – Coming Sept 27!

secrets so deep

From the bestselling author of Dark and Shallow Lies comes a moody and atmospheric paranormal thriller about a seventeen-year-old girl returning to an exclusive theater camp to uncover the truth of what really happened there twelve years ago, the night her mother drowned.

Penguin Teen