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This weeks topic is one I always do every single year as love recommending some of my favourite not-super scary books to get you into the Halloween mood. I am even more excited this year as I have actually discovered some great thrillers throughout the past year, and so I finally have some more books to shout about from this genre that just so perfectly fits in with the spooky theme.
So here are eight spooky books to get you in the Halloween spirit!
Set in a small town with a supernatural secret, this book is perfect for the spooky season if you are a fan of The Raven Boys or Riverdale. It’s creepy traditions and deadly monster in the woods are just the tip of the iceberg in this strange town, with every twist and turn taking this story darker and in more directions than you ever thought possible.
If fantasy is your genre but you still want to get into the Halloween mood, then this story of murdered illusions and a strange magical circus is sure to be one you’ll enjoy. Amanda Foody’s writing instantly draws you into this world of tricks, politics and mystery as Sorina attempts to save the only family she knows from disappearing forever.
If you want a thriller that will have you suspecting absolutely every character par the actual culprit, as well as one that will deliver twist after twist right up till the final line, then this one is for you. Its small town setting perfectly fits in with this murder mystery story as old secrets are brought to light and revealed at last, making this an addictive and enjoyable read for the spooky season.
Another fantasy recommendation here, with this Evil Queen retelling one that will hook you from the very start as you watch Xifeng’s descent into evil in her quest to become Empress, no matter what the cost. This book gorgeously delved deep into Xifeng’s character to re-imagine the origins of a classic villain, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and is one that perfectly complements the ever-darkening nights outside.
This was the thriller that made me realise that not all thrillers are predictable and boring, with this story of blood sports and privilege one that I absolutely devoured with its spooky atmosphere and mystery that are perfect for the Halloween season. You won’t fail to be hooked till the very last word, with twists that will send shivers down your spine as you discover the dark secrets hidden amongst tradition and wealth.
This one is a very similar vein to STAGS, with its elite school and mysterious happenings, but my favourite thing about this one had to be its dual narrative, as both you and Stevie attempt to solve not just one murder, but two. It combines a gorgeous setting with quirky characters, gorgeous anxiety rep and a twisty yet fun plot that will have you suspecting every strange character at the school.
This is an old favourite of mine that I always bring back out to recommend at this time of year, as it is the perfect historical ghost story with just the right amount of mystery and scares. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s writing creates such a perfect atmosphere of the unknown and of strange things that you simply have to keep reading to discover.
This book is my new obsession, with its gorgeously dark story of murder, art and passion and what happens when the lines between them begin to blur together as on-stage characters slowly creep off it. This story is addictive, with a cast of characters who are so well crafted that by the end you know each of them to their core, and murder mystery whose twists keep coming till the very last line.
What are some of your favourite spooky books for this time of year? Do you agree with my recommendations? Have you read any of these – what did you think?