I think about Christian thrillers, I think of best-selling author
Robert Liparulo. His adult novels Comes a Horseman, Germ,
are widely known and loved. Recently, Robert has delved into
adult genre with his Dreamhouse Kings series, and what a thrill it has
The series follows the King
family, who has moved into a creepy old house in a small town. They
soon discover that their new home has some strange abilities. Here is
my review of the first book in the series, House of Dark
Fifteen-year-old Xander King is
not happy to be moving away from Pasadena, California, to live in the
tiny town of Pinedale. Everything he has always wanted was in Pasadena:
his friends, his girlfriend, Hollywood. An amateur filmmaker, Xander
wants to make movies someday, and living in Pinedale isn’t going to
When the Kings finally find a
house, it’s nothing like Xander would have imagined living in. But it’s
everything he’d expect to see on the silver screen. Haunted isn’t quite
the right word, but sounds come from the wrong direction, strange
footprints appear that are too big to belong to any of the Kings, and
the linen closet teleports him to locker 119 at his new school.
Something is beyond weird with the house, but the weirdness, along with
the house’s history—the previous owner killed his wife thirty years
before—intrigues Xander and his brother, David. The two decide to
explore a little more and discover not only that the house has a
strange connection to their family, but also it can put their lives in
What an intriguing premise for a
book. I’ve read nothing like it in the young adult genre. Xander and
Dave are very well-written. I enjoyed their differences, similarities,
and relationship as brothers. Robert Liparulo can tell a great story.
House of Dark Shadows
kept me spellbound, unable to stop reading until
I got to the end of the book, only to find these words: Not the end.
No! Well, thankfully, there are more books in the series. Whew! Highly
recommended, but a little scary. Read with caution.
you love scary books, also check out:
by Brandilyn and
Amberly Collins (Zondervan)
As her mother’s concert wraps up, Shaley O’Connor stumbles upon the
dead body of her friend Tom. If the killer is a member of the band or
crew, he’s still out there, and as the messages in Shaley’s gifts say,
he’s always watching.
Samantha McGregor’s ability to receive dreams and visions from God gets
her involved in solving the case of a missing teenage girl.
by Frank Peretti
Three football stars fall into mysterious, hallucinating comas. Rumor
is they are victims of Abel Frye, a dead student’s ghost who curses
those who would pick on the less popular. Elijah and Elisha, teenage
twins, go undercover at the school to solve the mystery.
Four young leaders are sent on a quest to prove themselves, but their
mission changes when they meet a special someone who sends them on a
new mission: find the seven lost Books of History before the Dark One
The Door in the
by Frank Peretti (Crossway)
Jay and Lila Cooper travel to Nepur with their archaeologist father to
uncover the truth behind an ancient legend. Is there really a massive
treasure behind the Door in the Dragon’s Throat? Or could there be a
reason no one has ever managed to open it?
And here are some adult novels I
recommend for older teens (sixteen and up) who love to be scared by a
Field of Blood
by Eric Wilson
The Akeldama Collectors are demon-like beings who have been waiting
2000 years to awaken the dead. Now that they’ve each chosen a body,
they need to feed. Gina Lazarescu could be the one person who can stand
against them, but are they already hunting her?
Shade by John
Hailey believes she was attacked in Golden Gate Park, but the hospital
workers think she hallucinated the whole ordeal. Hailey knows she’s not
crazy, and the only way to prove it is to find the monster that
Animals keep disappearing from the Ozark reserve where Nina works. They
later turn up slaughtered. And someone—or something—is watching Nina.
Wanting her. Stalking her with a 250-year-old desire that burns like a
by Conlan Brown
The Firstborn fall into three orders: Prima, Ora, and Domani. Those
that can see the past, present, and future. But the Firstborn has grown
paranoid over the years, each order fearing the other, and one man is
trying to take over. Can Devin manage to follow God’s will or his own
to fight against what lies ahead?