It’s almost time for Halloween, bookworms! If you’re stumped and looking for an easy-peasy literary-inpsired costume, look no further than my post from last year.
In case you wanted to make a mad dash to the bookstore or library this weekend, here are some recent reads of mine that amped up the spooky factor. Pro tip: Don’t read these at night if you want to keep the nightmares at bay. Alternatively, read them at night for a really good thrill.
Survive the Night by Danielle Vega
Casey, recently out of rehab, cannot say no to her enabler of a friend, Shana. When Shana wants to tag along with a group to “Survive the Night,” a rave taking place in an abandoned New York City subway tunnel, Casey finds herself along for the ride. But after the rave is broken up, the small group of friends finds themselves trapped in the tunnels. When Casey and Shana’s friend, Julie, is found dead – her body ripped apart and strewn up – the friends realize they may not be alone in the abandoned tunnel. Now they really have to survive the night.
This second novel by the author of The Merciless is full of spine-tingling silences and horrifying moments full of gore.
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, The Accident Season is a story of family, connections, and secrets with a frightening twist. Every October for many years, Cara’s family becomes accident-prone during the month. From bruises to minor scrapes, the accidents escalate to broken bones and even – in some cases – death. As readers try to uncover the mystery of the accident season, they must also decipher the meanings behind the strange, intense relationships between the various characters. And what about the classmate who shows up in the edges of all of Cara’s family’s photographs?
With its pivotal scenes taking place on Halloween night in the most beautiful, terrifying haunted house – The Accident Season is a stunning debut that’s sure to make you shiver.
You by Caroline Kepnes
If you’re friends with me in real life (or on various social media platforms), you’ve probably heard me swoon over You, the debut novel by Caroline Kepnes. Released in September 2014, You is narrated by Joe Goldberg, an intelligent young man working at a rare bookstore in New York City. Joe becomes obsessed with Guinevere Beck, a wannabe-writer who comes into the shop one day, and he uses his every resource to find out everything he can about her. If he knows everything about her – her likes, her dislikes, where she lives, who she sleeps with – surely he can become the man of her dreams…
Joe’s unreliable narration, paired with memorable scenes and a lot of dark humor, make You a chilling read for any time of the year. I highly suggest reading it NOW, as the sequel, Hidden Bodies, is coming out on February 23, 2016 from Atria.
(Spoiler alert: Hidden Bodies is just as creepy and as fun as You. I can’t wait for you all to read it!)
Have you read any of these favorite books of mine? I’d love to know what you think. Be sure to share your favorite scary reads in the comments below. Hope your weekend is full of tricks and treats, BiblioSmilers!