The most recommended books about secrets

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Book cover of The Woman in the Window

Carolyn Mathews Author Of Transforming Pandora

From Carolyn's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Creator Meditator Messenger Shopaholic

Carolyn's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Carolyn love this book?

Every so often, I fancy a good thriller with a surprise ending, and this certainly fitted the bill. Intrigued by the concept of an agoraphobic psychologist, I read the book at two sittings, the second one far into the night.

I loved it because the intelligence in the prose elevated it from its genre—such as the scene when Anna, the psychologist, racks her brain to identify which Chopin nocturne is playing while she’s on hold, when seeking information about a neighbour she suspects of killing his wife!

By A. J. Finn,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked The Woman in the Window as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?



Soon to be a major motion picture produced by 20th Century Fox, starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore

'Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing' Gillian Flynn

'One of those rare books that really is unputdownable' Stephen King

'Twisted to the power of max' Val McDermid

'A dark, twisty confection' Ruth Ware

What did she see?

It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too…

Book cover of All Your Twisted Secrets

Marie Hoy-Kenny Author Of The Girls from Hush Cabin

From the list on YA thrillers you’ll stay up way too late reading.

Who am I?

I’m a teacher who has mainly taught the eighth grade. When I read short stories and books aloud to my students, I pay attention to when I feel their interest waning and when they’re completely enthralled. Books are so much more action-driven than they used to be and there is often not a lot of description of setting and appearances. I can tell that my students lose interest in scenes that describe a room, for example, in careful detail. They want to hear about what the characters are saying and doing. They also like to feel like they’re being let in on secrets. 

Marie's book list on YA thrillers you’ll stay up way too late reading

Why did Marie love this book?

This book is an awesome locked-room thriller about six teens who are invited to a dinner and find themselves trapped in a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note with instructions that they have to decide who among them to kill within the next hour or they’ll all be murdered.

There’s something about close-proximity thrillers that gets me every single time. As a person who is definitely not a big fan of enclosed spaces in real life, these types of books have me breathless.

By Diana Urban,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked All Your Twisted Secrets as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, that will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

"Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting."

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it's a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to…

The Midnight Children

By Dan Gemeinhart,

Book cover of The Midnight Children

Bobbie Pyron Author Of Stay

From Bobbie's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Passionate hiker Dog Lover Reader Mermaid wannabe

Bobbie's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Bobbie love this book?

Dan Gemeinhart is one of my favorite middle-grade authors.

He has such a gift for exploring complex stories with lyrical prose and depth. The Midnight Children is a tender, beautiful tale about a lonely young boy and a family of mysterious children who move in across the street. I couldn’t put it down!

By Dan Gemeinhart,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Midnight Children as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The #1 New York Times and Indie bestseller!

From Dan Gemeinhart, the acclaimed author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, comes an extraordinary story about a family of runaways who take up residence in a small town, and the outcast boy who finds his voice and his people―perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Kate DiCamillo.

"Dan Gemeinhart’s best yet and that’s saying something." ―Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award-winning author of The Bridge Home

In the dead of night, a truck arrives in Slaughterville, a small town curiously named after its windowless slaughterhouse. Seven mysterious kids with suitcases step out…

Book cover of Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Erica Sage Author Of Jacked Up

From the list on devastatingly sad but make you laugh out loud.

Who am I?

I have been teaching English for 25 years, both at the high school and middle school levels. And one thing I have seen in the lives of thousands of teenagers is that our days are filled with the most beautiful, amazing things, as well as the most devastating, tragic things. My own childhood was equal parts unconditional love and chaotic dysfunction. In fact, if life were a book, it would be on this list!

Erica's book list on devastatingly sad but make you laugh out loud

Why did Erica love this book?

I love everything A.S. King. She is my absolute favorite YA author. Her books are weird and thoughtful, and they stick in my head forever. Her award-winning Please Ignore Very Dietz is no different. Vera’s (former!) best friend Charlie has died. While she’s struggling with family stuff, and drinking stuff, and working at pizza place stuff, she’s being haunted by Charlie’s ghost who insists she tells the police what she knows. The story itself is quirky, and Vera’s narration is clever. And, then, of course, there’s a twist at the end! 

By A.S. King,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Please Ignore Vera Dietz as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Book cover of The Family Across the Street

Patricia Hale Author Of Scar Tissue

From the list on suspense/crime with flawed detectives.

Who am I?

All of the books I’ve listed above have flawed characters. Characters that deal with emotional and/or moral dilemmas. The plots: murder, missing children, or runaway husbands are secondary to me. What I look for in a book and what I write about in my Cole and Callahan series, are characters with flaws. People who struggle with truth. Cops or investigators that hide or skew evidence because the truth would cause more harm than good. It’s the moral dilemma I want. The angst we all feel when we are faced with a particularly painful decision. That’s what real life is and that’s what brings a book and a character to life.

Patricia's book list on suspense/crime with flawed detectives

Why did Patricia love this book?

Get ready to hold your breath. A fast-paced, twisted, psychological thriller that manages to have characters that will tug at your heart even while holding a gun. The Family Across the Street reminds the reader that you never truly know what’s going on in your neighbor’s house or with any family that you think you know.

By Nicole Trope,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Family Across the Street as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

‘OMG!!! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!… The most heart-racing book I’ve read in a long time, if not ever!!! It had me hook, line and sinker from the first page and I could not put it down!!!… Clear your day because it is truly unputdownable… What an absolute twist!!!… If you read one book in your life, make sure it is this!!!!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sometimes, the most perfect families are hiding the most terrible secrets. How well do you know the people next door…?

Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new…

100 Days of Sunlight

By Abbie Emmons,

Book cover of 100 Days of Sunlight

Dave Cenker Author Of Between the Lines

From the list on taking you on an emotional journey.

Who am I?

And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one. That line from Epcot's fireworks show, Illuminations, is my guiding light. As someone who has struggled to identify and express emotion, reading stories that do that with vulnerability and authenticity has supplied me with a path forward. It's what I aim to do with my writing. To inspire, evoke a kaleidoscope of emotions, and connect. Some read to escape reality. I do so to navigate it. As the prelude to Illuminations eloquently states, there's magic when we share our stories and bring them together as one.

Dave's book list on taking you on an emotional journey

Why did Dave love this book?

I hoped to like this book, but I didn’t expect to. I don’t usually read YA novels. No matter your normal reading preferences, though, there’s something special here for every reader.

Abbie captures elements of the human condition with artistic and poetic fluency that make it a joy to read her prose. But there’s more to love about this story. Tessa and Weston are two characters I immediately identified with and connected to, because of their authentic feelings and flawed selves.

Finding yourself amid chaos becomes easier when you have someone to share that experience with. Tessa and Weston prove this in a way that’s emotionally moving and authentic. Part coming of age and love story, 100 Days of Sunlight will shine bright long beyond that span of time.

By Abbie Emmons,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked 100 Days of Sunlight as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks…

Nine Perfect Strangers

By Liane Moriarty,

Book cover of Nine Perfect Strangers

Nancy Nau Sullivan Author Of A Deathly Irish Secret

From the list on mysteries served with a side of humor.

Who am I?

As an author, teacher, and newspaper journalist, my reading pattern has been eclectic; I’ve been enthralled with War and Peace and laughed at Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum—and it all started when my mother introduced me to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods when I was seven. How I ended up writing mysteries is something of a mystery to me, but I love writing setting, character, and the puzzle of it. With its fourth installment, A Deathly Irish Secret, the Blanche Murninghan mysteries keep on. I also wrote a suspense novel, The Boys of Alpha Block, about my years of teaching at a boys’ prison in Florida. The latter is not so funny.

Nancy's book list on mysteries served with a side of humor

Why did Nancy love this book?

Nine Perfect Strangers, with an Agatha Christie twist, finds these characters holed up at an exclusive spa with a looney-tune leader, and they are more or less held captive while the truth unfolds.

I chose this book because Frances, the failing writer, struck such a note of humor, I almost fell out of my chair reading of her mental state and ambivalence toward a doofus she meets at the spa. While she laments her shortcomings, she is irresistibly drawn to this guy. (Do I empathize?)

Moriarty has a facile ability to draw distinct features in her characters and pull them along until they work themselves out. A favorite author of mine. 

By Liane Moriarty,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Nine Perfect Strangers as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Now a Hulu original series

“If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are even better in Nine Perfect Strangers.” ―Lisa Scottoline, The New York Times Book Review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out...

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t…

Book cover of The Mostly True Story Of Tanner & Louise

Nancy Crochiere Author Of Graceland

From the list on runaway moms.

Who am I?

As a young working mom, I occasionally longed to follow the example of columnist Erma Bombeck and hide from my family in the car. Instead, I channeled the mayhem of family life into a humor column called “The Mother Load,” which detailed the day-to-day challenges of running a business while caring for two daughters, one husband, two guinea pigs, and a dancing rabbit. When I decided to pursue my life-long dream to write fiction, my debut novel was a humorous story about a mother-daughter-grandmother road trip/chase from Boston to Memphis. Although my writing doesn’t shy away from serious issues, I choose to see the world through a humorous and ultimately hopeful lens.

Nancy's book list on runaway moms

Why did Nancy love this book?

Louise’s kids think their 84-year-old mother needs a caretaker. They don’t know Louise has a secret past, and what she really needs is to skip town, fast.

Louise convinces her reluctant 21-year-old caregiver, Tanner, to drive her to California. Their comic road trip is both full of fun and heartwarming as the outrageous octogenarian on-the-lam shows the rule-following youngster how to live.

By Colleen Oakley,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Mostly True Story Of Tanner & Louise as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick * A Marie Claire Book Club Pick for April * A Reader's Digest Book Club Pick for April * A LibraryReads Pick * One of Southern Living's Most Anticipated 2023 Releases * One of Today's Most Anticipated 2023 Releases

An unforgettable pairing of a college dropout and an eighty-four-year-old woman on the run from the law in this story full of tremendous heart, humor, and wit from the USA Today bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island.

Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live. Preferably one where she can continue sitting…


By Erin Bowman,

Book cover of Dustborn

Jodi Meadows Author Of Nightrender

From the list on to transport you into another world.

Who am I?

I love books that take you to another world, stories that show you bits of our reality while exploring another. It’s thrilling to step into a world where anything can happen, where dragons exist, where our laws of nature may not apply. But also, I love seeing the familiar in fantastical places: love, friendship, and hope. Though the characters in books may inhabit worlds made mostly out of paper, ink, and imagination, their stories are universal.

Jodi's book list on to transport you into another world

Why did Jodi love this book?

A transporting and unforgettable blend of science fiction, dystopia, and Old West. The world of Dustborn is both familiar and unfamiliar at once, filled with tight-knit communities, dangerous villains, and maps to a better place. In these pages, you'll find a story of survival, family, and hope

By Erin Bowman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Dustborn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this postapocalyptic Western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.

Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known…

Paper Ghosts

By Julia Heaberlin,

Book cover of Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense

Jana Louise Smit Author Of How to Kill an Earworm: And 500+ Other Psychology Facts You Need to Know

From the list on for psychology fans to curl up with after a busy day.

Who am I?

I’m a South African author and avid miner of trivia nuggets. Psychology has always fascinated me and for the past decade, I’ve been lucky enough to make a living writing about the odd and the puzzling, most notably at I love sharing the most jaw-dropping facts about the human mind, plainly to change the notion that psychology is a dry academic topic. I hope you’ll enjoy the books I’ve suggested - there is something for everyone; from fiction, trivia, and well-being, to a book that puts Batman on the therapy couch!

Jana's book list on for psychology fans to curl up with after a busy day

Why did Jana love this book?

As a hardcore fan of psychological thrillers, I’m familiar with all the recurring themes of this genre. But this book was a surprise.

Masterfully written, the author took to my nerves with pliers and kept me hooked with great twists and suspense-craft. I definitely recommend Paper Ghosts to well-read thriller fans who want something fresh and most of all; an unforgettable plot. 


By Colleen Hoover,

Book cover of Verity

Vickie Carroll Author Of It's Only Murder

From Vickie's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Author Mystery book and mystery movie lover Mystery book writer DNA-Ancestor researcher Follows politics, local, national and international.

Vickie's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Vickie love this book?

This book drew me in from the start. Lowen, an author, is having a terrible day. Her mother died recently after a long illness. Even though they had a difficult relationship, Lowen took care of her in her final days.

We find her in her New York City apartment trying to get back to her former life without her mother to worry about. But she has other worries now, and finding work is at the top of the list. After a chance meeting on the way to meet her publisher, she ends up meeting a stranger who hires her to be a ghostwriter for his famous author wife, who is home recovering from an unnamed and slightly mysterious affliction. And it’s then that her problems really begin. 

By Colleen Hoover,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Verity as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Are you ready to stay up all night? Rebecca meets Gone Girl in this shocking, unpredictable thriller with a twist that will leave you reeling . . .

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the…

Meow or Never

By Jazz Taylor,

Book cover of Meow or Never: Wish Novel

Sylvia Liu Author Of Manatee's Best Friend

From the list on animal and human friendships.

Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated with the natural world and our relationship with it since I was young. In my first career, as an environmental attorney, I worked to protect oceans and endangered species. Now, as a children’s author, I enjoy exploring environmental themes, as well as the unique bonds people have with animals, in my stories. The books I am recommending are recently published middle-grade novels that capture the magical connection between humans and animals, or animals with each other, whether in contemporary or fantasy settings. I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and live in Virginia with my family and our adorable hypoallergenic cat.

Sylvia's book list on animal and human friendships

Why did Sylvia love this book?

This is a heartwarming story about Avery, an anxious 12-year-old prone to panic attacks, with a secret crush on one of the popular girls in her school. In part to impress her, she auditions for the school musical, and to her horror, lands the lead role. She finds solace in a stray cat, Phantom, who hangs around the school theater, and slowly opens up to two new human friendships, including her crush. Avery learns how to become comfortable with asking for and receiving help while dealing with her anxiety, as well as figuring out how to face her stage fright.

By Jazz Taylor,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Meow or Never as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A heartwarming story of secret pets and secret crushes... and learning to take center stage!

Avery Williams can sing, but that doesn't mean she can sing in front of people. She likes to stay backstage at her new school, which is where, to her surprise, she finds a cat tucked away into a nook. Avery names the stray Phantom and visits any time she's feeling stressed (which is a lot these days).

As she sings to Phantom one day, her crush, Nic, overhears her and ropes Avery into auditioning for the school's musical. Despite her nerves, Avery lands the lead…

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes

By Susan Bishop Crispell,

Book cover of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes

Jennifer Moorman Author Of The Baker's Man

From the list on magical realism to enchant you and lift your spirits.

Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated with the extraordinary ever since I read Madeleine L ’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time in middle school. I was also enchanted by Dorothy’s trip from black-and-white Kansas into colorful Oz. I once heard Neil Gaiman mention the “hyperreality” of life, and I thought, Yes! That’s how I want to see the world—the magic everywhere. I voraciously read not only magical realism books but also fantasy. These stories heighten my awareness of the wonder in everything and in everyone, and they deepen the richness of the stories I tell and write.

Jennifer's book list on magical realism to enchant you and lift your spirits

Why did Jennifer love this book?

I love the idea that secrets can be baked into pies and that there’s a chance I could stumble upon a place where wishes come true.

The gift of second chances is highlighted in this story, and as someone with a romantic, hopeful heart, I want to live in this story while eating a slice of Catch’s famous peach pie.

By Susan Bishop Crispell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Secret Ingredient of Wishes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

26 year old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it's time to leave her hometown and her past behind for good. Rachel isn't on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that's not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina also known as the town of "Lost and Found." In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman,…


By Charlotte McConaghy,

Book cover of Migrations

Eva Silverfine Author Of How to Bury Your Dog

From the list on our connections with the natural environment.

Who am I?

Although I grew up in New York City, from a young age I was drawn to the natural world, particularly through gardening and camping trips. Eventually I studied biology in college and earned a Master’s researching stream ecology. I also always imagined myself a writer. For years my writing was solely in letters and journals, but during my Master’s I started a novel featuring an immature mayfly in the stream (it was somewhat autobiographical). Ecology is all about the connection of organisms to their environment and to one another, and I think this perspective of connectedness has embedded itself deeply in my writing and my life.

Eva's book list on our connections with the natural environment

Why did Eva love this book?

I am in awe of Charlotte McConaghy’s skill—both at crafting beautiful prose and using the length of her novel to unfold the story of its main character (I have now seen her do this twice).

In a world in which many animals are extinct, Franny is on an obsessive mission to follow the migration of the last Arctic terns. It takes the course of the novel to understand Franny’s motivation, given to the reader in pieces and thereby made somewhat of a puzzle. Franny is a complex character, and coming to understand her and why she identifies with the terns offered me a sense of gratification.

McConaghy’s ability to connect her character’s personal peril to another species’ ecological peril rings authentic.

By Charlotte McConaghy,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Migrations as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'An extraordinary novel... as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read' Emily St. John Mandel

A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive.

Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica.

As animal populations plummet, Franny talks her way onto one of the few remaining boats heading south. But as she and the eccentric crew travel further from shore and safety, the dark secrets of Franny's life begin to unspool.

Haunted by love and violence, Franny…

The Other Woman

By N.L. Hinkens,

Book cover of The Other Woman

Erica R. Stinson Author Of Shelter

From the list on mystery, suspense, and thrillers.

Who am I?

As a suspense and thriller author in my own right since 2015, I have also read very many books that are much like the ones that I write. I am most comfortable here and I, too, like to write books with these crazy, think-outside-the-box types of twists when it comes to plotting. Honing my craft, as I am in the middle of five different book projects right now for future release, I am hoping to make a name for myself and become as memorable to my readers as my favorite authors are to me.

Erica's book list on mystery, suspense, and thrillers

Why did Erica love this book?

This is one of my new favorite authors, of who I have read many more of her books recently. I like books like this that contain twists and turns and endings that you don’t see coming. Most of her books are in the domestic thriller or psychological suspense thriller categories. These are the type of books that I read(and write) most.

By N.L. Hinkens,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Other Woman as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Not all secrets are what they seem.

When Bridget spots an elegantly dressed woman leaving her husband’s office late one night, she fears the worst. Her marriage is already strained but things are about to take an even more shocking turn when her family is suddenly torn apart by a horrific crime they all become entangled in.

Her trust is shattered, her husband is on the run, and her son is hiding a dark secret. Bridget’s life has become a dangerous lie and the clock is ticking as the police close in on a killer. But who can she trust…

Hidden Pictures

By Jason Rekulak,

Book cover of Hidden Pictures

Jill Hand Author Of White Oaks

From Jill's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Voracious reader True crime buff History lover Crossword puzzle fan

Jill's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Jill love this book?

When recovering addict Mallory Quinn is given the job of live-in nanny for a shy little boy who loves to draw, she soon begins to notice that things aren't quite right.

Despite her employers' generosity and her new surroundings in a picture-perfect upscale community, Mallory senses that her young charge's parents are hiding something from her, something that could turn out to be deadly.

I love mysteries, particularly those of the paranoic, things-are-not-what-they-seem variety. Hidden Pictures kept me guessing until the mind-blowing big reveal.

By Jason Rekulak,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Hidden Pictures as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


“I loved it." —Stephen King

From Edgar Award-finalist Jason Rekulak comes a wildly inventive spin on the supernatural thriller, for fans of Stranger Things and Riley Sager, about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets.

Mallory Quinn is fresh out of rehab when she takes a job as a babysitter for Ted and Caroline Maxwell. She is to look after their five-year-old son, Teddy.

Mallory immediately loves it. She has her own living space, goes out for nightly runs, and…

The False Prince

By Jennifer A. Nielsen,

Book cover of The False Prince

Aly Kay Tibbitts Author Of Operation Latensification: HADES

From the list on young adult for spy lovers.

Who am I?

One fateful day in 4th grade, after finishing the Chronicles of Narnia, I picked up a YA spy novel off my teacher’s bookshelf. I never went back. I was immediately drawn to the depth of the characters, the nuance of how their public persona didn’t always match their internal thoughts, and their ability to succeed when no one thought they could. Eventually, what I read became what I wrote. Now, whenever I get overwhelmed, I love to turn to the genre that helped me through High School. Whether I reread old favorites, revisit my own stories, or find new friends, these characters remind me I can do anything.

Aly's book list on young adult for spy lovers

Why did Aly love this book?

When my roommate suggested I read The False Prince, I did not expect to be drawn in and read the entire 5 book series in a week. What’s a sleep schedule?

Sage is the kind of character that can keep everyone guessing…including the reader, even though you are reading from his point of view. He is guarded and defiant. As he is being sculpted to be what someone else wants him to be, he remains spitefully himself, even when it might mean his demise. He might not technically be a spy, but he embodies everything I love about the genre.

Sage has an unwavering knowledge of who he really is, and I can only hope I can have that for myself someday.

By Jennifer A. Nielsen,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked The False Prince as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

If you love the danger and sword-fighting of MERLIN, you'll like this! In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point - he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. As Sage's…

Spin the Dawn

By Elizabeth Lim,

Book cover of Spin the Dawn

Wera Niyom Author Of A Celestial Requiem

From the list on sci-fi showcasing the beauty of Asian culture.

Who am I?

I’ve always been fascinated by mythology and folklore. When I was a kid, my mom would save up money and give me enough to buy one book every few months and every time, it would be a collection of myths. I tore through mythic fantasy books, trying to find a book that combined western and eastern mythologies. That’s how my Tarot series came about. I didn’t know Asian fantasy was a genre until I conducted more research and saw popular books in indie and traditional publishing with similar themes. I wanted to learn more about Asian mythology, so I started expanding my research into East and Southeast Asian myths.

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Why did Wera love this book?

As an avid fan of Mulan, I really enjoyed this book because of the strong-willed female character who is determined to support her family even though she lives in a society that doesn’t necessarily support a female head for a household. What sold me on the book, aside from the rich Chinese culture and mythology, was the character’s narration. I was able to empathize with her. Liz did a great job of making the magic come to life, making the scissors sound enchanting with every use. I wish I had a pair of those scissors! Another thing that drew me to this story was the tailor competition. I like to embroider and also sew occasionally, so I think Liz did this type of art justice with her elegant descriptions.

By Elizabeth Lim,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Spin the Dawn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a teenage girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars. And don’t miss Elizabeth Lim’s new novel, the instant New York Times bestseller, Six Crimson Cranes!

“All the cutthroat competition of a runway fashion reality show and the thrilling exploits of an epic quest." —The Washington Post

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can…

The Crooked Sixpence

By Jennifer Bell, Karl James Mountford,

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Sinéad O'Hart Author Of The Starspun Web

From the list on middle grade to sweep you into another world.

Who am I?

All my books (I hope!) sweep the reader into another world – it’s one of my favourite themes in the books I love to read, as well as write. When I was about seven, I first read some of the books which would shape my life, including Elidor by Alan Garner and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle, which brought me right out of my own life and into worlds as varied as the frightening interstellar realm of Camazotz and the battlefields of Elidor. I’ve been trying to capture that sense of ‘being swept away’ in my own work ever since.

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Why did Sinéad love this book?

Bell’s Uncommoners series is set in a richly-imagined magical world where everyday objects have extraordinary powers – and when darkness closes in, Seb and Ivy Sparrow must race to uncover an Uncommon mystery before it’s too late. Featuring a talking bicycle bell, police officers armed with toilet brushes, and the incredible city of Londinium, these books will fling you straight into a thrilling adventure.

By Jennifer Bell, Karl James Mountford,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Crooked Sixpence as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems . . .

Dive head first into the world of Lundinor in this magical adventure story for anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their life.

When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to hospital, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what adventure lies in store. Returning to Sylvie's house, they find it has been ransacked by unknown intruders - before a mysterious feather scratches an ominous message onto the kitchen wall. A very strange policeman turns up on the scene, determined to apprehend them . .…

Not That I Could Tell

By Jessica Strawser,

Book cover of Not That I Could Tell

Regina Buttner Author Of Absolution

From the list on women taking back their power from controlling men.

Who am I?

I was raised in a loving but strict Catholic family in the 1970s, when girls like me were still expected to grow up to become traditional wives and mothers, rather than go to college and pursue a career. In a Pre-Cana class intended to prepare me and my fiancé for marriage (it didn’t work so well, as evidenced by our rancorous divorce twelve years later), I learned the concept of “family of origin,” and the profound impact a person’s upbringing has on them as an adult. I became fascinated by the psychic baggage each of us carries around, and how it affects our personal relationships and life choices.

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Why did Regina love this book?

I once lived in a close-knit neighborhood similar to the one in which this novel is set, and I was entranced by the interplay between the variety of characters in this tale of domestic suspense. The story isn’t so much about the woman who disappears one night as it is about the perplexed bunch of girlfriends who are left behind. I relished the voyeuristic peek into the hidden dramas of the various neighbors’ personal and family lives—it made me feel like I was riding a silent drone through the ’burbs, swooping unseen through kitchens, bedrooms, and backyards, uncovering people’s secrets!

By Jessica Strawser,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Not That I Could Tell as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Full of slow-burning intrigue, Strawser's second novel will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Jennifer Kitses' Small Hours." —Booklist

*Book of the Month Club Selection

An innocent night of fun takes a shocking turn in Not That I Could Tell, the next page-turner from Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You.

When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy…