I’m (@byindigoreads) back, did you miss me? I’ve been swamped with university work and assignments, which honestly has been scarier than any horror book I’ve read this year. No, scratch that, nothing can beat Jo Nesbo. That guy has some imagination, I tell you. Anyways, enough about me.
It’s Spring. And what better way to enjoy spring than to read a horror book. Hear me out okay, imagine the scorching sun is beaming down on you, you’re sweating profusely, your ice cream you hope will cool you down is dripping and melting faster than you can eat it.
You pick up a chilling horror story and instantly you’re transported into a world that’ll make you forget about the sun, your sweaty forehead and your ice cream. Hahah, just kidding, only monsters forget about ice cream. Ooh Ooh, a lovely strawberry ice cream would be so great right now. No! Focus, Mahmooda.
Have I persuaded you yet? If not, I’ve compiled a few of my favourite YA horror books that will surely have you setting aside your contemporaries to cool down in one of these stories.
1. The Amateurs – Sara Shepard
I need some answers about my sister. Help…
Five years ago, high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without any answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why.
So when eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier sees a desperate post on the Case Not Closed message board, she knows it’s time to change that. Helena’s high-profile disappearance is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.
Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, she agrees to spend spring break in Connecticut working on the case with Maddy Wright, her best friend from Case Not Closed. However, the moment she steps off the train, things start to go wrong. Maddy’s nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin, doesn’t seem to want any help after all. Plus, Seneca has a secret of her own, one that could derail the investigation if she’s not careful.
Alongside Brett, another super-user from the site, they slowly begin to unravel the secrets Helena kept in the weeks before her disappearance. But the killer is watching…and determined to make sure the case stays cold.
This book was crazy, exhilarating and packed full of mystery. It brings out your investigator side and by the end you’ll feel like you’re part of Team Arrow working together to take down the bad guys.
Oh, did I mention this book is the first one in a series. That’s right, SERIES.
2. The Safest Lies – Megan Miranda
Can fear be inherited?
Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of fear, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.
Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile for their own protection, but that plan is shattered when she drives off a cliff and is rescued by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker.
A few days later, she arrives home to face her greatest fear: her mother is missing. She and her mother have drilled for all contingencies—except this one. Luckily, Ryan is as skilled at emergency rescues as Kelsey is at escape and evasion.
To have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face all her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her.
And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.
I read this book in one sitting. Didn’t even move to get snacks. That should tell you just how great this book is because who will give up an opportunity to stuff their face with snacks while reading a really good book?
The book questions one of psychology’s greatest theories, fear is taught not inherited. If your parents are afraid, does that automatically mean that you’re afraid as well?
3. One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Are you a fan of The Breakfast Club? Well, you’re in for a treat. I like to refer to this book as the scary retelling of The Breakfast Club. Be careful, this book is addictive and you’ll find yourself losing precious hours of sleep to finish it. Take it from me, I missed lectures just because I wasn’t strong enough to put it down.
4. Dead Girls Society – Michelle Krys
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.
Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.
When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
If you loved Nerve by Jeanne Ryan you’ll absolutely love this book. A group of strong leading females, some messed- up challenges and plenty of who could possibly be guilty. What more do you need?
5. People Like Us – Dana Mele
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.
The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
Horror. Suspense. Mind-blowing plot. Amazing characters.
That’s it. That’s all I’m going to tell you. Go read it and enjoy.
Well, there you have it guys, a list of my favourite horror books.
This ain’t all of them. No, no, no. There’s more to come.
*rubs hands together while laughing evilly*
Stay tuned for part 2.