Dare Me, by Megan AbbottRead about the other books on the list.
Abbott lights up the murky, nefarious inner workings of cheerleader best friends Addy and Beth, who compete for the attention of their cheerleading coach, a woman who expertly plays the girls' insecurities against each other, letting one into her adult world while keeping the other out. When a suspicious suicide brings attention to the coach and her team, the mystery-solving fun begins.
In the Woods, by Tana French
Prior to the murder that opens the novel, a little boy and his friends went into the woods and never came back. After a search, one of the little boys, Adam, was found clinging to a tree with blood on his shoes, unable to explain what happened to his friends, who were never found. Now, 25 years later, Adam has grown up to be Detective Robert Roy, investigating the gruesome murder of a 12-year old girl found in the very same woods. If you like the satisfying "whodunit" of a solid episode of Law and Order: SVU, then this blend of police procedural and psychological thriller is your top pick.
Dare Me is among Anna Fitzpatrick's four top horror stories set in the real universe of girlhood and Adam Sternbergh's six notable crime novels that double as great literature.
In the Woods is among Emma Straub's ten top books that mimic the feeling of a summer vacation, the Barnes & Noble Review's five top books from Ireland's newer voices, and Judy Berman's ten fantastic novels with disappointing endings.
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