Halloween book recommendations!

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I posted some book recommendations and I thought Halloween would be the perfect time to share some spooky thrillers. I hope you enjoy my recommendations!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: If you didn’t read this when Netflix announced the adaptation, now is the perfect time with Halloween approaching. Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic horror and the only way to survive is to blind-fold yourself every time you go outside. There’s this thing (monster? creature?) outside – no one knows what it is because it causes people to go insane if they look at it. The story follows a woman called Malorie and is split over two timelines – when the apocalypse first happened and the present day where she is travelling with a four year old boy and girl. It’s a brilliant book – it’s super creepy and it actually really scared me at times! The chapters are short and punchy, often ending on a cliffhanger to keep you turning pages. I highly recommend it!

Halcyon by Rio Youers: If you’re looking for a really dark read for Halloween, this one is perfect. Halcyon is the answer for anyone who wants to escape – it’s a beautiful island with no fear, crime, or greed. Martin Lovegrove moves there with his family after as they try to recover from their tragedy and grief. However, this paradise isn’t what it seems and Martin may have just unknowingly endangered his family. This book has it all: a spooky island and a dark cult. What more could you ask for on Halloween? Honestly, this book was terrifying at times and super dark. It had me on the edge of my seat and regretting reading it at night.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: This book will really mess with you! The story follows Aiden Bishop who’s stuck in a time loop at Blackheath Manor: Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. The story also contains body swaps: every time Aiden wakes up he’s in the body of a different guest and is given the opportunity to find as many clues as he can in order to unravel the mystery surrounding Evelyn’s death. What makes it a good for Halloween? Well, aside from the above points, as Aiden sets about trying to find the killer, he is also being hunted by said killer who is determined to stop him from ever getting to the truth. I can’t recommend it enough.

No One Home by Tim Weaver: This is part of a series but can, thankfully, be read as a standalone. The story follows missing persons investigator David Raker who is called to find out what happened to the villagers of Black Gale. The residents vanished on Halloween night two and a half years ago – there’s no trial, evidence, and no answers. Just the thought of visiting a village where everything is still intact but the residents are missing is chilling and that’s exactly how I felt when I was reading this. It was an unpredictable plot and often at times I felt very spooked while reading it. It was quite disturbing at times, but, like all Tim Weaver’s books, it was well worth the read.

Strange Ink by Gary Kemble: This has a very unique plot and it was quite dark at times! It follows washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick who wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, but he shrugs it off at first. But soon more tattoos appear accompanied by horrific nightmares so Harry begin’s to investigate. His search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past. This story got a lot darker than I was expecting and it even has ghosts!

Pleasant Grove by Jason Price: If you’re looking for something that’s a bit light on the horror side, then I’d recommend Pleasant Grove. This story is about a town that’s enclosed in a dome and the children are told that no one can leave or enter the dome because no one can survive outside of it. But when 12-year-old Agnes Goodwin discovers a strange boy with no memory claiming to have come from outside the dome, she teams up with her friends to unravel the mystery. It’s a really fun read but it’s still great to read during Halloween as it’s completely wrapped up in mystery and there’s some spooky scenes towards the end! I really enjoyed it and will be reading it again in future.

So that’s just some of my horror/mystery/thriller recommendations! All of these definitely left me feeling a little creeped out and since Halloween is likely to be cancelled this year, why not spend the weekend snuggled up with a spooky book? I will be reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, which I have high hopes for! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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