YA Picks

Get your heart racing this summer with these first-rate psychological thrillers – great for teens and also for adults who liked The Girl on the Train.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Privileged Cadence spends her summers on Beechwood, her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts, with the other liars of the title: her cousins, Mirren and Johnny, and handsome Gat, the nephew of her aunt’s boyfriend. In her 15th summer, Cadence suffered a traumatic brain injury under mysterious circumstances which left her with crippling headaches and memory gaps. The story unfolds two summers later when Cadence returns to Beechwood to recover with the liars and the rest of her dysfunctional family as she struggles to piece together what happened that fateful summer.

Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Nick and Dara are sisters. Once inseparable, they were torn apart by an accident that left beautiful Dara horribly scarred. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks she’s just trying to get attention. But another girl is also missing, and Nick becomes convinced that the disappearances are connected. Can she find the girls before it’s too late?