One of my favorite thrillers of 2010 was Still Missing by Chevy Stevens, an oh-so-creepy story of a realtor who is abducted at an open house. So I was really excited to see that Stevens praised the "dark and twisted love story" at the heart of Dare Me by Megan Abbott, one of the most buzzed-about suspense tales of August. And how could it not create buzz? Dare Me is about cruel cheerleaders—and what happens when their squad hierarchy is disrupted. (It ain't good.)

Besides Stevens' recommendation, here are a few other reasons why you might pick up Dare Me.

1. You were hooked on the inspiring teamwork on display during the Olympics, but now your cynical side wants to read about the dark side of group competition.

2. You love coming-of-age stories, high school dramas and thrillers. Here you can get a combination!

3. Many people love lighthearted love stories when they're on vacation, but I reach for thrillers—think Stevens or Laura Lippman or Gone Girl. Are you that way too? Labor Day is coming up . . . Reach for this twisted page turner.

Finally, BookPage reviewer Barbara Clark says Dare Me is "poised on the edge of beauty and darkness . . . a book you won’t soon forget."


Will you pick up Dare Me? What thrillers are you loving this summer?

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