Posts Tagged ‘Psychological thriller.’


By Tiffany D. Jackson

ISBN 9780062668653

Katherine Tegen Books

An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


I have just ordered this book and can’t wait. The blurb for this new YA novel is intriguing. A psychological thriller, a gritty read and somewhere in the middle is the truth. As soon as it arrives I will be reading and reviewing this debut novel from Tiffany D Jackson. 

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?

Doesn’t this sound so cool?


Follow me back

By Nicci Cloke

ISBN 9781471405082

Hot key books  



“There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind.
Apparently, she’d met someone online, they write to each other in class, phones buzzing.
She ran away. She was taken.”

“The first time Aiden Kendrick hears about Lizzie Summersall’s disappearance is when the police appear at his front door. He and Lizzie used to be friends; they aren’t anymore. And when Aiden finds out that Lizzie had been talking to strangers on Facebook; that the police think she went to meet one of them, he begins to wonder how well he ever really knew her, and Aiden doesn’t know it yet, but with Lizzie’s disappearance his life is about to take a twisted and desperate turn.”

 When Lizzie goes missing there are many suspects and many twists and turns that kept me reading. While this book does highlight the fact that we can never really be sure of the people we meet online and the dangers such relationships can bring, it was a very good read.  A psychological thriller played out on school grounds, Facebook and even a local reality TV show.

Aiden misses Lizzie who seems to have just vanished. While she appears to have gone willingly, all she took with her was her phone. No-one knows where she is or who she is with or even if she is safe and alive. Aiden and his best friend Scobie seek to find out what happened to Lizzie but the more they search the truth the more Aiden ends up in trouble himself. There were times when I felt sorry for Aiden but times when I wanted to shake him as he really could be an idiot and not the nicest of characters. However, I still wanted him to find Lizzie. This is a well thought-out novel with the pace perfectly teasing us at the end of each brief chapter until the very end. Social media today is everywhere and everything and this book is one worth sharing with teens in a classroom setting to discuss the dangers. But it is most importantly a good read for the thrill of the ride and one I enjoyed thoroughly.

The dead house

By Dawn Kurtagich

Orion Childrens books

ISBN 9781780622347

The Dead House Teaser Trailer 1

I must confess I do prefer the UK cover of this book coming out in August but I just have a feeling this is going to a book worth reading no matter what cover you prefer.  It is certainly a book I will be looking our for when it is released.

“Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Five people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

 Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?”

But the writer Dawn herself adds;

It’s about two (?) girls who live in the same body. No one is really sure if it’s a type of multiple personality disorder or if there really are two girls in there. One comes out during the day, the other, at night.

When the day girl, Carly, does missing, it’s up to Kaitlyn, the girl of darkness, to find out what is going on.

But this might be more than simple personality “integration” as her doctor gleefully diagnoses. It might be something altogether more sinister.

Something supernatural.

As Kaitlyn investigates, something else is drawing closer.”

This sounds just the story I like and I can’t wait. Psychological thriller, mystery and as Dawn hints at – the supernatural. What more could you want!

You can also listen to a podcast of Dawn talking about her new book right here. This is thanks to Publisher Weekly Podcasts.

Blood of my blood
By Barry Lyga
Book three in the Jasper Dent trilogy
ISBN 9780316198707

Wow – Just wow. What a trilogy and what a ride. Having loved the series there was no way I was not going to read the final book. I sat glued to the pages and the lives of Jazz, his girlfriend Connie and best friend Howie. I needed to make sure they were safe and out of Billy Dent’s way. If you have read the first two books then this is a must read. Everything comes out in the end but what a body count to get there. The creeping sensation that Jazz may end up like his father, a serial killer like no other – well I can’t tell you what happens. It really is up there in terms of quality writing and intense suspense. Blood and guts aside, the what-if’s, and who did-it’s is tops.

“Jazz has been shot and left to die in New York. His girlfriend, Connie, is in the clutches of Jazz’s monstrous father, Billy–the world’s most notorious serial killer. And his best friend, Howie, is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s new home.

Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy.

But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son? Who is the true monster?”

From New York City to the small town of Lobo’s Nod, the chase is on, and this time, Jazz is the hunted, not the hunter–while Billy Dent lurks in the shadows.

And beyond Billy? Something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.”
I have to wonder about how an author can come up with such a gripping story and be so realistic – brilliant series!

Here is a reminder of the first two books.
Book 2
The Game

Book 1
I hunt killers

The killing woods
By Lucy Christopher

“Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.”
Chicken House

This sounds like a great psychological thriller, fast paced and full of suspense. I saw this book at one of my jobs today and was tempted to sit there and read it instead of working so I just have to ‘bag it’ instead so I can be first to read it.

Boy nobody
By Allen Zadoff

LittleBrown Books

I was sent this link today and I really should wait until at least the end of May to showcase this trailer but I just know this is going to be a great book. The very well produced trailer hooks you in straight away. You can download an excerpt and get stuck in but then unfortunately you and I will have to wait until June to buy the book.
Allen Zadoff’s website is also very cool and so is the book’s Facebook page.

Boy Nobody is always the new kid in school showing up out of almost nowhere in a new town.
He never stays long enough to make true friends but the friends he does make always end up with someone in the family dying of “natural causes.”
“Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target”.
A new assignment attached to the mayor of New York City starts him questioning things. Past memories begin to surface. Somewhere under all the memories is a boy that just wants a normal life. But what is the cost?

I hunt killers
By Barry Lyga
Jasper Dent Book 1
LittleBrown 2012

I spied this book today drawn in by the cover and the title and began reading. Unfortunately I had to leave it at the place of work but I have put my order in to be first to read it. Fingers crossed it is released tomorrow as I really can’t wait to get stuck in. The writing hooked me in right from the first page.

“What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?”
Jazz (Jasper Dent) has seen too much but with his dad finally in prison he can now live a normal life. That is until new bodies start piling up. And the finger of blame is being pointed at Jazz. In an effort to clear his name Jazz helps the police to hunt down a new serial killer. But perhaps Jazz is more like his father than he realises?
This sounds so cool.

Game (Book 2) is just about to be published so I will have to hurry up and read the first one.


Hysteria by Megan Miranda

So cool to see this new trailer for Megan Miranda’s latest young adult book.
I love the cover too.

Mallory’s boyfriend is dead. Mallory stabbed him but can’t remember anything of that night.  Attempting to start afresh, her parents send her to boarding school but someone or something has followed her. She feels a hand on her shoulder late at night. She hears someone whispering out her name. Then a student is found dead and once again Mallory is the opnly thing people are talking about. Who or what is out there and can she escape her past?

Check out Megan Miranda herself introducing her novel.

Dark Eden series
By Patrick Carman
Fear is the cure

Enter Dark Eden if you dare!
Will Besting has phobias so severe he is sent to Fort Eden, an institution which is meant to cure him. There he meets six other teens connected by their fears. However, their phobias are not the only thing to be afraid of. Just what happens in the fear chambers and why are they suffering bruises and aches and pains. Will makes a break for it and while hiding begins to realise that things are seriously wrong but now he is being hunted. A psychological thriller.

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By Sara Wilson Etienne

Sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, a place for those considered troubled, delinquent or crazy. After years of strange visions and nightmares Faye finds comfort in the bones of dead animals which only fuels her belief that she is indeed crazy.
Faye also begins to find comfort in a handsome guy named Kel but soon begins to wonder if she can trust him or if he is just out to kill her. There is also the question of why her friends are waking up on their dorm floors with their hands stained red. An exciting new psychological thriller just published.


Posted: November 28, 2011 in Secondary
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By Martyn Bedford


Fourteen year old Alex wakes up one day inside someone else’s body. He has no idea how six months have apparently passed overnight. Hi own body lies in a coma while he is now somehow in a body of a boy called Philip or Flip for short. He also discovers that there are other people who have swapped bodies. His new body offers more opportunities that his old one but he can’t help missing it. How can he find a way back? This is a great psychological thriller.