young adult thrillers – ft. ‘THE POSSIBLE’ by Tara Altebrando

What if…no one knows the truth about you?

It’s been thirteen years since Kaylee’s infamous birth mother, Crystal, received a life sentence for killing Kaylee’s little brother in a fit of rage. Once the center of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers, nowadays nobody’s heard of Crystal. Until now, when a reporter shows up at Kaylee’s house and turns her life upside down, offering Kaylee the chance to be part of a high-profile podcast investigating claims that Crystal truly did have supernatural mind powers. But these questions lead to disturbing answers as Kaylee is forced to examine her own increasingly strange life, and make sense of certain dark and troubling coincidences…

Unusual and gripping, The Possible will twist the reader round and round as it hurtles towards a sensational climax. For lovers of We Were Liars, Patrick Ness and Derren Brown.

Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy of THE POSSIBLE for review.

I read Tara Altebrando’s THE LEAVING last year when it was first released, and although I found the idea of it really interesting and it had a lot of potential, I ended up being unsatisfied with the ending. So I picked up THE POSSIBLE with not very high expectations yet still hopeful that I would like it. And I did like it. But I was left with the same feeling I was left with after reading her last book. It just didn’t thrill me in the way that a thriller usually would. Or should.

I was intrigued by the idea and concept of the story. There’s a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, and of course talk about telekinetic powers. I got some Carrie and Matilda vibes and both texts were referenced throughout. I  also found Kaylee a likable character and I actually enjoyed reading her story. She had her issues and she went on a journey of discovering more about her, her mother, and her past. Her story was interesting for most of the way, I wasn’t bored or anything, but I wasn’t thrilled by it either.

I wasn’t too sure about the romance in the book and found it a bit necessary. Like, it could have not been there at all and it wouldn’t have made a difference. And who was the romance with? Because I actually liked the guy she had a crush on more than the best friend that she got with. However, neither of those characters were really developed and we didn’t get much of an insight into them.

Like I said before, I loved the idea of Kaylee going on this journey to discover if she was telekinetic and inherited it from her mother, or if it was all a hoax. So I was disappointed after I read the whole book to discover that there were no powers and it was all a lie (I think that’s what happened because I got a bit confused in the end). I finished it and I was just like; Wait, really? So I just read this whole book to discover that it was all a load of bull?! Anyway…

Comment below if you’ve read THE POSSIBLE or THE LEAVING and let me know your thoughts.


So what I thought I would do is recommend a bunch of YA thrillers that I did love and that did thrill me. I’ve read a lot of well known adult thrillers, so I’m going to leave them out of this list (but Carrie and Gone Girl are probably my favourite!).

Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Inherit Midnight – Kate Kae Myers

Seventeen-year-old Avery VanDemere’s ridiculously wealthy grandmother has decided to leave the family fortune to the relative who proves him or herself worthiest–by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe.

The Devil You Know – Trish Doller

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be.

Twenty Questions For Gloria – Martyn Bedford

Gloria is tired of her ordinary life. She barely recognizes the free-spirited girl she used to be. So when a mysterious boy bent on breaking the rules strolls into her classroom, Gloria is ready to fall under his spell. Uman is everything Gloria wishes to be. He can whisk her away from the life she loathes and show her a more daring, more exciting one. But Uman in not all he seems and by the time she learns the truth about him, she is a long way from home and everyone wants to know, Where’s Gloria?

Close Your Eyes – Nicci Cloke

Southfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques. But despite the cliques, there’s a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything. But at the start of Year 11, when the group befriend the new boy, Elijah, things start to change. The group find themselves not as close as they used to be. Until one Tuesday, when the students are trapped inside the school building. And one of them has a gun.

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