In a literary young adult world filled with fantasy and romance, those seeking novels that chill our skin and send a tingle down our spine can be a little more difficult to come by. While there is no shortage of material for the young adult literary market, such as romance, bullying, drugs, first love, gender issues, dystopian and more, sometimes a good old thriller is what you need.
Enter Natasha Preston, author of New York Times bestseller The Cellar, as well as popular novels including Awake, The Cabin, and more. Kicking off her career on Wattpad in 2010, she quickly became the resident master of suspense. With more than 170,000 followers, and millions of reads on the forum, her popularity easily translated onto the published page.
Her latest novel, You Will Be Mine, is coming February 6, 2018. A young adult thriller centered around Valentines Day, Preston again grabs us from the first chapter, not letting us go until the final sentences.
Lylah and her friends can’t wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She’s been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way…
The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It’s an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.
Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:
Preston knows exactly how to grip to her audience, giving them relatable characters and suspenseful plot lines. Fangirlish was lucky enough to get a preview copy of this new release, and we have all the spoiler free details of what you can expect on February 6.
First off, as we said, from chapter one Preston has your attention. She gives enough detail to build her world and characters, without drowning them out with superfluous description. You follow the story through the main character, Lylah, who hates all things Valentines. Although, her reasons are not all teenage angst; the death of her parents have left an impact on the day. But that doesn’t mean the story lacks the love factor we all adore in young adult tales, as you will be immediately smirking at her lust for flatmate Chase. Relatable for any reader, we are sure. But this is no love story, as quickly Lylah finds herself and her friends caught in the grips of a serial killer.
Unlike with some tales, you don’t experience moments of boredom through this story where you wonder when the next twist or turn will come. Preston keeps your attention, giving you small clues, full twists, and making you wonder exactly who is at the helm of the knife from the start. Depending on your knack with thrillers of this kind, you may guess the murderer before the end (we did), but there were certainly multiple times when we wondered if our hunch was correct. You found yourself considering almost every person in the tale to be the killer, right until the very last chapter.
The story is young adult, and stays with the staple aspects of the genre all the way through. It doesn’t cross over into adult with questionable touches on the ‘too much’. But it gives enough to make you think, challenge your perceptions, and leaves you thinking of the tale long after you finish.
No matter your literary preference in the young adult world, you will find a little bit of everything in You Will Be Mine. Love, suspense, thrills, horror, and every touches of humor. Be sure to pick up your copy on February 6, and maybe forgo the dinners, movies and roses on Valentines Day in favor of a little slasher suspense.