This summer whether you’re planning a staycation or hitting the road, you’ll definitely need a stack of books. These suspenseful YA titles feature weekend trips gone wrong, serial killers by the sea, not-so relaxing resorts, and small towns with big secrets. Buckle your seat belt and get ready for some thrills and chills. We hope you have a pleasant trip, because the characters in these books definitely won’t.
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
When cousins Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah arrive at their reclusive grandmother’s exclusive island resort, they barely know each other and have no idea why their parents were abruptly cut off from the family fortune decades ago. They vow to discover what happened on Gull Cove Island.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
If horror is a little too harrowing for you, a dark, suspenseful fairy tale retelling might be the perfect addition to your vacation reading list. Annalise lives at Highmoor, a beautiful mansion by the sea, with her eleven sisters. But when her siblings start mysteriously dying one by one, a shocked and grieving Annelise vows to get to the bottom of the mystery. Is a killer stalking her family? Is she going to be next?
Prom House by Chelsea Mueller
Kylie and her group of friends decide to rent a big house on the Jersey Shore for prom weekend. Sounds fun, except that there’s a storm headed their way. First, a literal hurricane, then a flurry of drama when it seems that everyone in the house is keeping secrets. When one partygoer dies and the body goes missing, things in the house take a truly deadly turn.
Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
The quaint coastal town of Roaring Creek sounds like a pleasant place to spend a few days, except it’s not. The town is home to a creepy cult masquerading as a self-help group, and there are demons hiding in plain sight. Vera’s parents are demonologists, but it will be up to her to save her town. Inspired by Latin American folklore, Small Town Monsters is a horror novel you won’t want to miss.
That Weekend by Kara Thomas
Claire is devastated when she and her boyfriend break up right before prom, and she’s looking forward to a relaxing weekend away with her two best friends. But things go terribly wrong. Claire wakes up at the end of the weekend with blood on her hands and no memory of what happened or where her friends might be. That Weekend is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing!