It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.
As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...
Everybody loves a good thrill, whether it’s watching a good horror flick, reading a paranormal-based book or jumping out on your pals. But if you're on the hunt for a thriller to add to your summer reading list, have a little look at Abigail Haas's Top 10 to get you started...
10. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
A classic trilogy from the 1990s, these books were Abigall’s first favorite thrillers. Janie is living an ordinary teen life, until she notices a photo of an abducted child on the back of a milk carton—and realizes it’s her. Trying to unravel the truth, she has to question everything about the people she thought were her family.
9. The Vampire Diaries
When it comes to crazy plot twists and edge-of-your-seat revelations, nothing beats this show. Major characters bite the dust without any warning, and you’re regularly convinced to root for cold-blooded murderers (dammit, Klaus!) We were left literally clutching pillows and screaming at the big season three finale. Stay spoiler-free until you see it for yourself.
8. The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
Told via her prison diaries, a snarky, self-aware teenager’s adventures with her eccentric high school clique result in murder—but how? This book takes a playful, Heathers-esque tone, and the twists and turns in narration will keep you hooked until the last page.
7. Black Swan
Natalie Portman is perfectly cast as a type-A ballerina fighting for the role of her life. Her competition with rival dancer Mila Kunis spirals out of control, and soon, she doesn’t know what’s real or a lie—and how far she’ll go to take the top spot. Creepy, fractured, and deliciously dark.
6. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Ten teens are stranded on a remote island, then someone starts killing them off. This murder mystery has some seriously creepy scenes, and you’ll go crazy trying to guess who is the killer and why.
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5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Recovering from a tragic accident, teen Mara moves with her family to a new town, only to find that her mysterious hallucinations have deadly real-world consequences. Hodkin slowly turns up the creepy, until you’re hooked—and grabbing for the sequel.
4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette has been locked away in a dystopian society due to the fact her touch is fatal. With the resistance gathering forces, she must decide what to do with her power—but who can she trust? Gorgeously written, this book will suck you in and make you feel every one of Juliette’s emotions.
3. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
What if murder runs in the family? Jasper is the son of the world’s worst serial killer, and although he tries to use his insight for good, he can’t help his natural abilities—or the voice of his father whispering in his mind, pushing him to do dark deeds. Simultaneously shocking and hilarious.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amy goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, and suspicion falls on husband Nick. This adult novel blew me away; told from both their perspectives, it has twists I never saw coming, and the tension just keeps building. A modern thriller must-read.
1. Jennifer's Body
A dark horror comedy about a cheerleader possessed by dark (and hungry) forces, this movie is also a great portrait of claustrophobic teen girl friendship. Megan Fox plays the wild-child literally devouring boys in her small town; Amanda Seyfried is her mousy BFF fighting to stop her. Their toxic relationship is as thrilling as the blood and guts.
So what do you make of Abigails Top 10? Are there any books or movies you'd add?