Take a Thrilling Vacation with These Suspenseful YA Books

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.

The Cousins

The Cousins

By Karen M. McManus

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at...

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?

House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig

Get swept away by the New York Times bestseller that's sold over 100,000 copies. As one by one her beautiful sisters mysteriously die on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family.

"Step inside a fairy tale."Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Once Upon a Broken Heart

“Haunting, atmosp...

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.

Prom House

Prom House

By Chelsea Mueller

It's the season to scream . . . Prom turns deadly in this unputdownable thriller for fans of Halloween Kills and Fear Street.


When Kylie walks into the gorgeous beach house, it’s a dream come true. She still can’t believe she talked her parents into letting her spend the weekend down the shore with her boyfriend, Liam, after prom. Kylie, Liam, and their friends have rented...

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.

Small Town Monsters

Small Town Monsters

By Diana Rodriguez Wallach

The Conjuring meets The Vow! This is the terrifying story of a girl, a dark angel, and the cult hellbent on taking over her small, coastal town.

Vera Martinez wants nothing more than to escape Roaring Creek and her parents' reputation as demonologists. Not to mention she's the family outcast, lacking her parents' innate abilities, and is terrified of the occult things lurking in their basement.

Maxwell Oliver is suppo...

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!

That Weekend

That Weekend

By Kara Thomas

"A bold and expertly plotted page-turner." --Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

From the author of The Cheerleaders, comes a thriller about best friends on a weekend getaway that goes horribly, dangerously wrong.


It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend get...

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