Monday, December 16, 2013

12 Days of Mysteries: Day 6

It's Day 6 of our 12 Days of Mysteries! Still shopping for young mystery and thriller fans in your life? Try this suggestion from Sarah Skilton:

THE GIRL IN THE PARK, by Mariah Fredericks.

When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder.
Why I recommend it: Ms. Fredericks' books always turn my expectations around regarding character, until every single person in the story has become fully formed and sympathetic by the end of the book, even the villains. This style of writing makes the characters that much harder to say goodbye to when the story's over.

Or how about Ashely Elston's recommendation for a great YA thriller:

THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, by Megan Shepherd
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

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