In general, I’m not a big fan of spooky, scary or horror, but around Halloween, I do like to read a good book that can give me chills! I’ve made a list of some books that I think are perfect to read on a dark, stormy night in October. None of the books on my list are just absolutely terrifying, but they will get you in the October spirit.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I first read this book back in high school for an English project. Since then I’ve read it a few times, and it’s just as intriguing as it was back then. This is a true-crime book about a horrible murder that happened in small town Kansas. This is a great recommendation to all my fellow Murderinos out there.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl definitely started the whole unreliable narrator, psychological thriller series. I wish I could go back and read this book again for the first time because the twists and turns and surprises are just completely unmatched in anything else I’ve read.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Holy shit this book is good. I read it earlier this summer and completely devoured it. The storytelling is absolutely incredible, and Michelle’s attention to detail and all the work she put in to this book is totally evident. This book tracks the Golden State Killer all through his crimes. Supposedly there is supposed to be an updated ending when they release the paperback version, since this book was published before the Golden State Killer was caught.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This book isn’t murder-scary, but it’s still a good read that will give you chills. I think what is most scary about this book, is that with the current state of our country, it’s not hard to imagine women being treated as poorly as they are in the book in real life.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Surprisingly I have not read much Agatha Christie, in fact, this is her only book I’ve read! I did really love it though. It’s a classic murder whodunit that really grips you. If you saw the new movie, please don’t hold it against the book. I thought the movie was terrible, but the book is truly something special!