One of our favorite reading times of the year is right around the corner! There are so many fun events for readers to choose from. Personally we love Readers Imbibing Peril #RIP which we both have a long history of participating in. And, of course, we have to give a shout out to the Halloween event we host- Wicked Good Reads! In anticipation, we’ve put together our Thriller/Horror/Spooky book lists. Here’s some of what we hope to read…
Hairpin Bridge, Taylor Adams
I read Adams’ debut novel, No Exit, last year and really loved it. It got my heart racing and definitely made me jump a couple of times. It was the perfect amount of thrill that I look for in a book. I can’t wait to read his next book, Hairpin Bridge.
Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge sixty miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version. But Lena isn’t buying it. Now she’s come to that very bridge determined to find out what really happened by interviewing the highway patrolman who allegedly discovered her sister’s body.
The Sundial, Shirley Jackson
This is the group read for Readers Imbibing Peril. I’ve read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House and found both to be delightfully creepy. I’m excited to read this and discuss it with everyone else.
Aunt Fanny has always been somewhat peculiar. No one is surprised that while the Halloran clan gathers at the crumbling old mansion for a funeral she wanders off to the secret garden. But when she reports the vision she had there, the family is engulfed in fear, violence, and madness. For Aunt Fanny’s long-dead father has given her the precise date of the final cataclysm!
The 7 1/2 Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle
This is one of those books that’s been on the edge of my reading radar for awhile now but I just haven’t prioritized it yet. After seeing a few people mention it as a great read for Fall/Halloween, I decided to pick it up. I hope it’s as clever as people are saying it is. Honestly, I love a good locked room mystery.
Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Grady Hendrix
Another one that I was urged to read this season. Grady Hendrix has several written several books that have been really raved about but I actually haven’t read any of them yet! I hope to get a copy of Horrorstor as well so I can make up my own mind.
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act….different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig
Again, an author I’ve been meaning to check out but haven’t yet. This one and his previous novel, Wanderers, both look intriguing and the perfect books to add to my list.
Nate and Maddie Graves both experienced something sinister, something hungry, something that walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania when they were growing up. Now, their little boy, Oliver, meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic. This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.
Are you a seasonal reader? What Halloween or Spooky books can you recommend?