Happy Halloween! In honor of one of my favorite nights of the year, here is a list of some of the best spooky and scary books I have read this year…enjoy!
Ink and Bone (https://wp.me/p6N6mT-33S ) and In The Blood (https://wp.me/p6N6mT-34d ) both by a master of scary novels, Lisa Unger, were the two best thrillers I read this year. All of her novels are amazing, but these two kept me up at night. Highly recommended! Reviews of nearly all of Unger’s books can be found following the tag “Lisa Unger” on this site.
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (https://wp.me/p6N6mT-363 ) is a twisty, complicated, and extraordinarily well-written book about the dark relationship between two highly competitive women. Everything by Abbott is worth reading; reviews of several of her books can be found by clicking the “Megan Abbott” tag on this site.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich ( https://wp.me/p6N6mT-33s ) is a science-fiction dystopia in which evolution has been thrown off course and the future of humanity is in flux. Women who are of child-bearing age suddenly find themselves the property of the government, including the main character who seeks help from her Native American relatives.
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (https://wp.me/p6N6mT-35j ) is the first book in the Joona Linda series by this Swedish author. A serial killer is on the loose and a now-disgraced hypnotist might be the only person who can unlock secrets locked inside one of the surviving victims. Scary, fast-paced, and intense!
In The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn (https://wp.me/p6N6mT-35g ) an agrophobe with a drug and alcohol problem witnesses a murder but has an almost impossible time getting anyone to take her seriously. The more she insists that she did witness a woman’s death, the more her own life is put in jeopardy.
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (https://wp.me/p6N6mT-33V ) is a well-written legal thriller that has subtle echoes of The Crucible. Now a prominent lawyer, the main character returns to her small town — facing an abusive father and high school bullies still holding a grudge — and stirs up a ton of trouble when she opens an investigation into a company that employs most of the town.