A prolific young adult writer, well known for her suspense novels. Several of her novels, ''Film/HotelForDogs'', ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'', ''Killing Mr. Griffin'', ''Summer of Fear'' and ''Stranger with My Face'', have been adapted to {{film}} or [[LiveActionTV television]], with ''I Know What You Did Last Summer'' probably being the best known.

Having been a writer since TheFifties, her style has changed much over the years, with some of her [[Literature/AGiftOfMagic earlier books]] possibly being even a little bit sexist in tone.

!! Her works include:

* ''Literature/AGiftOfMagic''
* ''Literature/DownADarkHall''
* ''Film/HotelForDogs''
** ''News for Dogs''
** ''Movie for Dogs''
* ''Literature/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''
* ''Killing Mr. Griffin''
* ''Stranger with My Face''
* ''Summer of Fear'': The LiveActionAdaptation is also known as ''Stranger in Our House'', and stars [[Film/TheExorcist Linda Blair]].