Thriller Books for Teens

There's nothing like a book you just can't put down. These suspenseful, thrilling stories for young adults will grab your teens' attention until the final pages. They might even keep your kids up past their bedtime trying to finish one more chapter. From dystopian novels to mysteries to "suburban noir," there's sure to be something your thrill-seeking teen will love on this list. And many of these novels have a twist at the end, so fight off spoilers and start reading one today.

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I Am Still Alive Book Poster Image
Teen survives alone in the wilderness in gripping thriller.
By Kate Alice Marshall
(2018)
(2018)
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Legend, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2012)
(2011)
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NEED Book Poster Image
Fresh cyberthriller explores dark side of social media.
By Joelle Charbonneau
(2015)
(2015)
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Origin Book Poster Image
Self-contained sci-fi thriller adds emotion to immortality.
By Jessica Khoury
(2012)
(2012)
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Scorpion Shards: The Star Shards Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Kids use psychic powers in exciting, X-Men-like thriller.
By Neal Shusterman
(2016)
(2013)
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Scythe: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Chilling concept fuels sci-fi thriller about life and death.
By Neal Shusterman
(2016)
(2016)
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This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book Poster Image
Gripping, fascinating story of one soon-to-be-mad scientist.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2011)
(2011)
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Time Zero Book Poster Image
Girls struggle against extremism in taut sci-fi thriller.
By Carolyn Cohagan
(2016)
(2016)
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Unison Spark Book Poster Image
Sci-fi thriller puts a futuristic spin on social networking.
By Andy Marino
(2011)
(2011)
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All of This Is True Book Poster Image
Writer uses teens' secrets for stories in riveting thriller.
By Lygia Day Peñaflor
(2018)
(2018)
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City of Saints & Thieves Book Poster Image
Captivating trio fuels thought-provoking Africa thriller.
By Natalie C. Anderson
(2017)
(2017)
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Defy the Stars Book Poster Image
Sci-fi space thriller is a thought-provoking page-turner.
By Claudia Gray
(2017)
(2017)
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Divergent, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
(2011)
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Don't Turn Around Book Poster Image
Exciting, nonstop techno-thriller raises big issues.
By Michelle Gagnon
(2012)
(2012)
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Just Call My Name Book Poster Image
True love, family vs. psycho killer in fast-paced thriller.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2014)
(2014)
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The Leaving Book Poster Image
Fast-paced thriller seeks to solve mystery of missing teen.
By Tara Altebrando
(2016)
(2016)
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Monument 14 Book Poster Image
Suspenseful survival story will grip teen readers.
By Emmy Laybourne
(2012)
(2012)
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The Name of the Star: Shades of London, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Macabre modern Ripper meets hip Brit boarding school.
By Maureen Johnson
(2013)
(2011)
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Neverworld Wake Book Poster Image
Dark, gripping, time-shifting psychological thriller.
By Marisha Pessl
(2018)
(2018)
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The One Memory of Flora Banks Book Poster Image
Gripping thriller about a teen who can't make new memories.
By Emily Barr
(2017)
(2017)
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The Sandcastle Empire Book Poster Image
Action, head games in clever thriller with tropical twist.
By Kayla Olson
(2017)
(2017)
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Shelter Book Poster Image
Fast-paced YA thriller from "suburban noir" pro.
By Harlan Coben
(2012)
(2011)
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Spill Zone: The Spill Zone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Strong female hero drives exciting sci-fi horror thriller.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2017)
(2017)
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Team Human Book Poster Image
Engaging, suspenseful vampire spoof has real substance.
By Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
(2012)
(2012)
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There Will Be Lies Book Poster Image
Deaf teen learns scary truths in suspenseful thriller.
By Nick Lake
(2015)
(2015)
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Undertow: Undertow Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Invasion of sea dwellers fuels gripping sci-fi thriller.
By Michael Buckley
(2015)
(2015)
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Warcross, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Winning teen girl drives cyberpunk virtual reality thriller.
By Marie Lu
(2017)
(2017)
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Alive: The Generations Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tricky amnesia thriller keeps you guessing to the end.
By Scott Sigler
(2015)
(2015)
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Allegedly Book Poster Image
Gritty, powerful thriller about girl jailed in baby killing.
By Tiffany D. Jackson
(2017)
(2017)
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And Then There Were None Book Poster Image
Masterful murder mystery takes dark view of justice.
By Agatha Christie
(2012)
(1939)
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Confessions of a Murder Suspect Book Poster Image
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)
(2012)
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Crash: Visions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Intriguing thriller driven by teen girl's disaster visions.
By Lisa McMann
(2013)
(2013)
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The Darkest Minds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Psychic teens escape concentration camps in taut thriller.
By Alexandra Bracken
(2018)
(2018)
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Deadly Design Book Poster Image
Designer genes drive suspenseful sci-fi thriller.
By Debra Dockter
(2015)
(2015)
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Desert Angel Book Poster Image
Teen flees mom's killer in gripping thriller.
By Charlie Price
(2011)
(2011)
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The Doubt Factory Book Poster Image
Eye-opening high-tech thriller endorses activism.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2014)
(2014)
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Genuine Fraud Book Poster Image
Absorbing thriller unfolds in reverse-chronological order.
By E. Lockhart
(2018)
(2017)
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A Girl Called Fearless Book Poster Image
Compelling heroine drives gripping dystopian thriller.
By Catherine Linka
(2014)
(2014)
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Illuminae: The Illuminae Files, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Pulse-quickening space thriller is fantastic but intense.
By Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
(2015)
(2015)
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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, Book 1) Book Poster Image
Exciting but violent dystopian thriller for teens.
By Patrick Ness
(2008)
(2008)
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Monday's Not Coming Book Poster Image
Gripping thriller about a girl disappearing without a trace.
By Tiffany D. Jackson
(2018)
(2018)
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My Sister Rosa Book Poster Image
Riveting thriller about teen boy and psychopath kid sister.
By Justine Larbalestier
(2016)
(2016)
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Nemesis Book Poster Image
Big surprises in action-packed thriller about re-dying girl.
By Brendan Reichs
(2017)
(2017)
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Otherworld, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Virtual reality thriller has old theme but fun, twisty plot.
By Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
(2017)
(2017)
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People Like Us Book Poster Image
Surprise twists and turns in sharp boarding-school thriller.
By Dana Mele
(2018)
(2018)
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There's Someone Inside Your House Book Poster Image
Exciting serial-killer tale blends gore, suspense, romance.
By Stephanie Perkins
(2017)
(2017)
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Ready Player One Book Poster Image
Exciting, funny, futuristic thriller about online games.
By Ernest Cline
(2011)
(2011)
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This Is Not a Test Book Poster Image
Zombie apocalypse meets mature high school-set thriller.
By Courtney Summers
(2012)
(2012)
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