Thrillers are always a good idea. No seriously, scaredy cat, they are! Because when the weather gets colder and Halloween is approaching, spooky books really do start to shine.
Whether you’re a fan of thrillers and horrors or not, picking up a slightly sinister read during the autumnal months is a must. From creepy kidnappings to magnificent murders, these are the kind of reads that have you hooked until way past your bedtime.
If you’re looking for a deliciously moreish killer read right now, here’s sixteen to take your pick from.
Wouldn’t it be a dream to spend the summer in a mysterious house? The Haunting of Hill House (aff) is a psychological thriller like no other. A chilling story that tells the tale of a haunted house in the most amazing manner. It should be at the top of your spooky books list!
Bewitching stories are always wanted at this time of the year. And The Furies (aff) is a fabulous place to start. Violet starts at Elm Hollow Academy and under the spell of three charismatic girls. As their extracurricular activities start to get a little magical, Violet wonders if she might know the answers to what happened to a missing member of the group.
An isolated mansion, a brand new marriage, and hidden secrets haunt the story of Rebecca (aff). The beautiful first wife that any new bride would hate to have to face. This modern classic should be a must for your list of spooky books.
What lies behind a locked door? Or is it best never to find out? This is the haunting reality newlywed Elsie faced when she is sent to her late husband’s country estate during her pregnancy. Both chilling and charming, The Silent Companions (aff) is a must-read.
One of the most highly anticipated books of the year has been True Story (aff). Part horror part crime noir, it follows the story of a drunk girl at a college party after two guys drive her home. It's the small-town horror you need in your reading list.
Who doesn’t love a classic whodunnit? Lucy Foley’s insatiable novel is set within the grounds of a remote hunting lodge. As friends gather for New Year’s celebrations, a body is discovered and it’s certainly not an accident? The Hunting Party (aff) will keep you guessing and gripped to every single page.
If your idea of the perfect thriller is a shocking twist that leaves you dying to talk about it, pick up The Silent Patient (aff). Alicia’s life was perfect. Until she shot her husband! But that was six years ago and she has spoken since. So now, you’re going to find out why.
What can be better than a chilling, ghoulish novel during this time of the year? The Stranger Diaries (aff) will give you all you need and then some. A terrifying story is coming to life and a body has been found, but Clare is adamant she had nothing to do with it. So who did? Because the killer knows all of her darkest secrets.
When a live-in nanny position in a state of the art home comes with an impressive salary, is it too good to be true? The Turn Of The Key (aff) sees Rowan locked up in a jail cell for a murder she didn’t commit. She’s sure she didn’t do it – so then who did? This eery story will have you hooked from start to finish.
Adele Parks is the queen of creating killer characters that stay with you – pun 100% intended. Lies Lies Lies (aff) tells the story of Daisy and Simon. Add a little too much alcohol, a handful of secrets (and then some), and the darker side of marriage. This is Parks at her absolute finest.
Is there anything more glamorous than gothic noir? Mexican Gothic (aff) focuses on the elegant socialite Noemí and her newlywed cousin Catalina. With chic gowns to hidden secrets behind the walls of High Palace, the promise of ghosts, paranoia of poisoning and madness can be enjoyed in this gorgeous read.
We all know silent calls are creepy, but Cass is adamant that someone is watching her. In The Breakdown (aff) Cass is consumed with guilt after failing to stop to help a woman in her car. And now she is dead. Is Cass really going crazy or is there something else going on? The Breakdown is an absolute delight that deserves to be on your spooky books list this season.
If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, Stephen King’s latest novel will be a dream come true. Nobody escapes The Institute (aff). Kids with incredible talents are taken to the secret government facility and they’re looking for freedom, but will they get it? Expect twist, turns, and chills in this epic King cracker.
Ghosts don’t exist, do they? Home Before Dark (aff) is the story of Baneberry hall and all that goes on within it. It twists, turns, and will make you want to sleep with the light on. If there's any book you make room for in your TBR this season, let it be this one.
Could C.J. Tudor be the queen of crime thrillers? In The Other People (aff), Gabe sees his daughter in the back of a car driving in front of him. It was the last time he saw her. For three years, he continues to search from her while Fran and her daughter Alice are running away with a secret Gabe would die to know.
Will you survive The Grace Year (aff)? Kim Liggett’s critically acclaimed novel is like nothing else. As girls reach their sixteenth year, they’re banished from the village to brave the wilderness and rid themselves of their alluring magic for one year. But can it change them and will they ever come home?
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