*Shockingly* not everyone likes scary reads, so if you just want a little bite-size dose of … uncomfortable feels … here are 3 #WickedGoodReads that are less scary but come highly recommended by us.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
The Blackwoods live completely suspended in time, as something happened that left them emotionally scarred and drained, and almost cut totally off from society. They found a way to cope – by obsessive routine and carefully … very carefully keeping almost all aspects of their lives within their control. They are all walking an emotional tightrope – and any disruption … well it HAS catastrophic results. This book is a brilliant potrayal of a family in the grip of psychosis.
Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.
BZRK, Michael Grant
On one side of this story we have conjoined twins dead set on controlling the entire world (and they could actually do it) and on the other side we have a group of super smart, guerilla teens known as BZRK whose one focus is stopping them. So this war takes place inside peoples bodies. They use bots controlled by their own minds that they implant into other people to make them do what they want. So much of this book is seriously creepy, fascinating, and gross all at once. I loved it.
This is no ordinary war. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.
Pines, Blake Crouch
Now that I’ve read the book I think I’ll have to binge watch the TV show (Wayward Pines.) So a secret agent finds himself in a seriously strange town where nothing is at it seems and he can’t find a way to leave. He’s trying to find a missing person but ends up finding a whole lot more questions than answers. This is the stuff of a twilight zone type story. I got completely sucked in and I’m betting you will too.
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Have any recommendations for similar reads?