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Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,056 Ratings  ·  448 Reviews
I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wish
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published September 1st 2009)
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Veronica Morfi
May 20, 2015 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

The Thrillogy by Todd Strasser is a trilogy of standalones, which means you can read whichever story seems to pique your interest, even if it's not the first one. But I highly recommend you read all three of them because these books are amazeballs.

Wish You Were Dead is a very intriguing story about teenagers going missing after a blogger, Str-S-d, wishes they were dead. One after the other the bullies of Soundview High are nowhere to be found and Madison finds herself filled with guil
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
"Book, you have the right to a speedy trial" review


- So many mysteries throughout the book, it's fun trying to solve them all.

- Author does an excellent job building tension and atmosphere.

- Glimpses into the guilty party's psychology are genuinely frightening.

- Fast-paced and rather brief in length. the book never overstays its welcome.

- Mysteries have a (mostly) satisfying solution.


- Characters are rather one-dimensional...and that one dimension is usuall
Dec 04, 2014 Mer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
4 stars - YA Horror

Wow, not bad. Definitely what I wanted and expected from Wish You Were Dead , I succeeded in scaring myself shitless! Although I didn't like the beginning of the book because it focused on heroine's crush towards a new boy in school instead of the problem but that changed as the story goes. It got creepy and I liked it.

The story is brilliant because the person who's a serial killer is the least I expected. I was freaked out every time I read from the killer's perspective. Ho
Nov 29, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Wish You Were Dead is one of the most unique stories I have read recently. It was also one of the creepiest. It definitely wasn’t in the same category of creepy as The Devouring but it was really scary in its own way and what is worse is that it was way more realistic. The stuff that happened in Wish You Were Dead could very well happen in real life and that was what made it so hard for me to read.

From the summary you can tell that teenagers are being kidnapped based on the writings of an anony
Oct 08, 2010 Jordyn rated it it was amazing
Wish You Were Dead

Wish You Were Dead explains a story about kids that go missing in one of the nicest towns. The main characters in this book are Madison, Lucy, Adam, Whitney, and Tyler. Lucy was the first one to go missing. It wasn’t long until the others started to disappear as well. It was only the popular kids who started to disappear, no one else. Nobody knows where the children have went, and Madison thinks it’s up to her to try and save them, until she becomes locked with the same situat
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 01, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

If you are looking for a good thriller, look no further. WISH YOU WERE DEAD by Todd Strasser has everything you're looking for.

When a popular teen from a wealthy, gated community disappears right off her front lawn, everyone is scared. Then, when two more teens disappear within the same week, panic sets in.

Madison has always liked being part of the "in" crowd, but she hesitates and tries to distance herself when they start bashing t
Jan 30, 2010 Nancy rated it did not like it
Shelves: teens-in-peril
stupid. bunch of whiny high school kids, I almost wished they would all end up dead. oh that wasn't very nice. tiresome, unsupervised teens in peril from a mysterious person who is making them disappear one by one. Has some dialogue from the culprit that makes it a little edgy, but in the end, I didn't really care whether they were found or not. I completely lost interest when the main character said for the third time, "THERE ARE LIVES AT STAKE!!"
Feb 23, 2011 Les rated it it was ok
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Mar 12, 2010 A&E rated it really liked it
Reviewed by my brother, Gregory.

Oh boy, Wish You Were Dead is capital-C Creepy! I loved it and was sucked in from the first pages.

An anonymous blogger starts talking about the kids that are mean to her at school. Then it escalates to wishing those kids are dead, and guess what? They go missing.

Our protagonist, Madison, feels responsible since she had taken the first girl, Lucy, home the night she was kidnapped but didn't watch her go in. That's when Lucy got snatched. When other kids start dis
Amy Y.
Feb 12, 2012 Amy Y. rated it liked it
The book "Wish You Were Dead" is a similar version of another story written by Lois Duncan, "I Know what you did Last Summer". Madison Archer, a student of Soundview High school suddenly gets mysterious death threats after her best friend had disappeared. In addition, a blogger called Str-s-d posts up blogs of how much he/she wants the popular kids to drop dead. Time is running out. Madison needs to find out who is behind this whole puzzle scheme before she is next!

This book was very interesting
Jun 03, 2016 Veronika rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like mystery thriller and not shy away from a little craziness
“If you've never known someone your own age who's died, you can't imagine what it feels like. It's as if you were walking on a glass floor and it suddenly shatters and now you're falling and falling and there's broken glass in the air all around you and no bottom in sight.”

Madison, the main character, was a little bit boring (she doesn't really have anything special about her... I mean not a hobby or anything) but perfect for the storyline: she was in the popular clique still she wasn't mean or
Lucy Cunningham is the most popular girl attending Soundview High. She is drop dead gorgeous and stunningly attractive - everyone wishes to stand in her shoes. That is, until one night Lucy is mysteriously kidnapped after receiving a ride home.

Madison Archer is wrecked by feelings of guilt and anxiety - after all, she was the last person to see Lucy before she disappeared. Thankfully, she has a new crush to keep her preoccupied. Tyler is the new, secretive guy at her school who always dons a bla
Jan 18, 2013 Monicag rated it really liked it
I read a book “Wish you were dead” by Todd Strasser. This book explains about anonymous blogger Str-S-d writes about what happens to her and wishes someone dead. It wishes Lucy Cunningham dead because she’s popular and being rude so it has something to do with a past.”I hate you Lucy,I really hate you. you are my number #1 pick. I wish you were dead.” I think this book is amazing because it gives a suspense and a mystery. The main character is Madison, she’s different from Lucy.I don’t like Lucy ...more
Nicole Arnold
Dec 10, 2015 Nicole Arnold rated it really liked it
Wish You Had Read It Sooner
Overall, the book Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser is an amazing book that should be read by all, for what awaits the reader are engaging mysteries, interesting perspectives, and great suspense. First of all, the story has several captivating mysteries that keep the reader hooked, such as when someone left the main character a note saying, (view spoiler)
Allie Reisman
Oct 30, 2015 Allie Reisman rated it liked it
Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser is a mystery novel about how a group of friends try to solve the mystery of why her classmates are vanishing. The main character Madison is very nervous, observant, and likes to do things her way. With the sudden disappearance of her friends she doesn't know how to deal with it and how to cope with it. Madison writes blogs, many of her blogs bash her friends and in them say how she wants this person and that person to disappear. Well, they start to disappear. ...more
Aug 20, 2015 BuchweltderMuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
German Review

4,5 Sterne

Todd Strasser alias Morton Rhue ist mir damals schon in der Realschule begegnet. Damals haben wir von ihm das Buch "Boot Camp" gelesen, was mich nicht sonderlich gepackt hatte. 2 oder 3 Jahre später haben wir uns dem Buch "Die Welle" gewidmet in der Schule. Dies faszinierte mich schon etwas mehr und ich muss auch sagen, "Wish u were dead" ist auch ein Knüller!

Das Cover ist schon schön gestaltet und lässt auch gleich darauf schließen, dass es mit Internet und all dem
Ruby Escalona
Nov 12, 2010 Ruby Escalona rated it really liked it
The way the book was narrated and presented to the readers is awesome. With a mixture of blogs, comments to the blog, notes, and the narration of Madison, its certainly a new twist to me. Though the writer is male, he had presented the point of view of a female very accurately, in fact, I had to look at the back cover of the book to ensure that the author is indeed male and not a female since I throughly believed the female narration and what goes on in the mind of the girl, esp when they're att ...more
Dec 09, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it

Okay- this book was creepy. In many different ways was it creepy but I really liked it- partly because of that. The premise is great- a different take on the whole who done it kind of thing and what I really enjoyed about this book was how many different aspects of current times it incorporated. The use of blogs- something that seems innocent and just gets it out there- and how just saying anything can come back at you was a big portion of this entire premise. The movie Juno came in to play a fe
Nov 05, 2011 KacieJoEh rated it really liked it
Wish You Were Dead is about a girl, Madison Archer, who lives in a rich, safe town and comes from a wealthy family. She is living the life, until her close friends start disappearing one by one. The small city has never had anything like this before, so everyone is on high alarm. Madison is completely freaked and finds it even creepier when this new boy she is crushing on acts extremely suspicious and is definitely hiding something from her. To make things worse, she has a cyberstalker that know ...more
Gina Richardson/Mengarelli
Feb 21, 2011 Gina Richardson/Mengarelli rated it it was amazing
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May 26, 2010 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I picked this up simply because it was a Strasser book and I'm fond of him. It wasn't a let down, but I am left kind of saying "Meh." Frankly, it's probably just coming from the fact that this book is targeted at a lower reading level (I'd say younger audience but frankly the subject matter is a bit too heavy for that).

This book is a bit of a hybrid; it switches between focusing on a blog written by one of the characters (we don't know who) complaining about the popular people at school and a na
The book starts with anonymous blogger writing about how she is mercilessly bullied in school and how much she wishes that those people were dead. Suddenly, those people start to disappear, one by one. The story progresses and it is evident that those people are abducted and kept in very undesirable conditions. It is narrated first person by a girl named Madison, whose friends are those being taken. Oh, and there’s a mysterious new kid that she likes who very obviously knows something, but is co ...more
Yaz *The Reading Girl*
This book is the best suspense thrilling book. It's like watching a Criminal Minds episode except you are reading it.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die Lucy vanishes. Then the blogger wishes Adam, Lucy's boyfriend would die and he also disappears. Everyone starts getting panic and wonder if Soundview is safe anymore.

Madison has liked being popular but she starts distancing herself when her two friends disappear.

When her friend, Lucy, disappears after be
Feb 25, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, suspense, novel
Warning! This is one scary book! I ended up staying up to finish this book because I literally couldn't sleep. Str-S-d starts a blog complaining about the popular kids in their high school and even starts to talk about how they wish some of them would die. When these popular kids start disappearing no one in the comfortable suburb of Soundview can believe this is happening in their safe little community. In the first of many twists, the story is primarily told from the perspective of "nice" popu ...more
Ursula Clancy
OH MY DEAR GOD! I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read. I was one of the first I ever found on goodreads and I really wanted it because I thought it looked really good; I was not dssapointed. I literally couldn't put it down. I went to bed REALLY late s that I could read more and more. I loved it so much. It was SOOOO gripping and simply amazing. Todd Strasser is an absolute GENIUS and an EXTREMELY talented writer. This is the first book I have read by him and already ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Aideeeee rated it it was ok
Fue loco, me recordaba a Pretty Little Liars. Idk. Me reí mucho y la pasé bomba, pero no creo que ese sea el objetivo del libro.

Tal vez no le encontré el objeto, creo que va sobre bullying (?)
students in soundview are disappearing without a trace. the link? they're all popular. madison knows that the mysterious new student, tyler, knows something...but can she find out what it is before it's too late??

one of the more gripping teen thrillers i've read. i'm deducting a star because strasser works facebook into the plot without knowing how it works (you can't be anonymous, you have to have a first name and a last name, not stuff like PBleeker or iamnemesis, and there are no chat rooms).
Keely *Keelskilo*
Sep 11, 2014 Keely *Keelskilo* rated it did not like it
Nope. Just nope. Didn't enjoy it. Didn't care.
Didn't like it.
T'is all for now.
Morgan Moeller
Dec 10, 2015 Morgan Moeller rated it did not like it

Wish You Were Dead Boring Readers to Death

Due to over explanation, bad foreshadowing, and cliches, Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser should not be recommended for other students to read. For example, the reader is presented with an eerie message in blog: “I wished three people would die, and now they’re all gone. I don’t believe anymore that it’s a coincidence” (Strasser 201). After tragedy strikes a small town, a blogger feels uneasy about her previous remarks about three missing teens. Stras
Catherine James
Nov 18, 2015 Catherine James rated it liked it
So the first time I read this, I really liked this.

The killer came out of nowhere but it made perfect sense. Madison was a good heroine and one I could relate to

I read this another 3 times and my opinion is pretty much the same with some negatives

1. Tyler. Tyler honestly got on my nerves throughout the book. He was nasty to Adam in class when Adam had done nothing but state his opinion in a debate. Keep in mind that I did like Adam despite the cheating. I felt like he was well fleshed out and I
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Todd Strasser is an American author of more than 130 young-adult and middle grade novels and novelizations, some written under the pen names Morton Rue and T.S.Rue

Todd was born in New York City. When he was young his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. His bes
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“If you've never known someone your own age who's died, you can't imagine what it feels like. It's as if you were walking on a glass floor and it suddenly shatters and now you're falling and falling and there's broken glass in the air all around you and no bottom in sight.” 5 likes
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