Now that I’ve published several thrillers, readers often ask me which book to start with. Since they’re all standalones, you can read them in any order you’d like, so instead I thought it’d be fun to share my recommendations on which book to read based on what you’re in the mood for. No matter which you choose, you’ll probably be up reading WAY past your bedtime… so be warned.

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Want to go on a romantic, escapist adventure?

Join Jade Miller as she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime—11 countries in 4 months, all from the luxurious Campus on Board ship. She can’t wait to escape from heartbreak after her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend… but she’s shocked to discover they’re on board, too. And mindbogglingly, they’re furious with her, even though they’re the backstabbers. Jade becomes obsessed with finding out why, all while making new friends and falling for a brooding, mysterious boy. But then there’s a shocking murder, and everyone thinks she did it. She and her new crush must race to clear her name and find the killer they’re trapped at sea with… before anyone else winds up in body bags.

Lying in the Deep is a romantic drama slash murder mystery, like Knives Out on a cruise ship with kissing.

Lying in the Deep with character art
Character art by Chinthaka Pradeep. From left to right: Felix (Jade’s new crush), Jade, Silas (Jade’s ex-boyfriend), Lainey (Jade’s ex-best friend).

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Want revenge on your high school bully?

Live vicariously through music geek Amber Prescott as she gets revenge on her bully… though she’s in a bit of a pickle herself. She’s been locked in a room with five other classmates—the cheerleader wannabe (her former BFF), the jock (her boyfriend), the valedictorian (her crush), the queen bee (her new BFF), and the stoner (her annoyance)—along with a syringe of poison, a bomb, and a note saying they have one hour to pick one of them to kill, or else they all die.

All Your Twisted Secrets is a psychological thriller that digs deep into mental health and bullying.

All Your Twisted Secrets with time running out image

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Want to feel like you’re plummeting down a roller coaster?

Go on an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride with Crystal Donovan, a girl who’s obsessed with playing video games with her best friends… an obsession that began as a way to hide from a terrible memory they share. With the annual MortalDusk tournament this weekend, she hopes she’ll win big money for her single mom and little sister before they lose their house. But when someone kidnaps her sister, Crystal must play their game instead… a game that forces her to make an impossible choice: pick off her own friends one by one, or else her sister dies.

These Deadly Games is a fun, unexpected, heart-pounding thrill ride from start to finish.

These Deadly Games with character art

Character art for These Deadly Games by Mars Lauderbaugh. Crystal and Dylan.

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Want to go on a survivalist journey in a unique locale?

Take a journey through the Paris catacombs in this romantic survival-thriller. Ruby and Sean’s budding love is interrupted during their seniors trip to Paris, when Ruby’s best friend sneaks out to a party in the catacombs and Ruby goes after her. Only they never reach the party. Their group gets lost in the dark maze of tunnels for days as someone sinister chases them deeper underground, and they discover harrowing secrets about the catacombs… and each other. Meanwhile, aboveground, Sean races to find Ruby as a media frenzy begins. She’ll do whatever it takes to survive. He’ll do whatever it takes to find her.

Under the Surface is a survival story that veers on horror with a pining romance and tear-jerker moments, inspired by true events, coming July 2024. 

Under the Surface by Diana Urban

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I hope you enjoy these stories! Have a thrilling week. 😎

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