8 "Spooky" Books to Celebrate Halloween: Thrillers & Mysteries 🦇
There's something about the season of pumpkin spice lattes, spooky movies, and dress-up costumes that makes us want to curl up with a good thriller and mystery novel. A book that keeps us guessing - so much so that one chapter somehow turns into ten and we're left with our jaw open because we can't believe what we just read. You in?
If you're looking for a new suspenseful read to add to your TBR - we've put together a list of some of our favorites. From a book about a struggling suspense novelist to a thriller told from multiple perspectives, we hope you find something that excites you!
PS, just to warn you - some of these books might leave you with sleepless nights! If that's not your thing, here are some other book recommendations to check out. :)
8 Spooky Books to Celebrate Halloween All Month Long: Thrillers, Mysteries & Suspenseful Reads
1. Finlay Donovan Is Killing It
Favorite quote: My Google search history alone was probably enough to put me on a government watch list. I wrote suspense novels about murders like this. I’d searched every possible way to kill someone. With every conceivable kind of weapon.
Buy the book: Finlay Donavan Is Killing It.
2. Mexican Gothic
Set in the 1950s, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia centers on a woman rescuing her cousin who believes she is being poisoned by her new husband. But this novel shows that things aren't always what they seem.
Favorite quote: One could construct a hundred different narratives, it didn’t make them true.
Buy the book: Mexican Gothic.
3. The Wife Between Us
Marriage, mystery, and so much more comes together in this page-turning thriller by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
Favorite quote: I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. Well, I’ve never feared bad weather, either.
Buy the book: The Wife Between Us.
4. The Girl on the Train
If you haven't already read this thriller by Paula Hawkins, I'm a bit jealous! The premise: a woman watches a seemingly perfect couple on her commute and sees something that sets her out on her own missing person's investigation. (I also highly recommend the audio version!)
Favorite quote: Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps.
Buy the book: The Girl on the Train.
5. Gone Girl
Another incredible must-read. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is one of those books you will forever remember where you are when you finish it. After you do - check out the movie starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck.
Favorite quote: There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.
Buy the book: Gone Girl.
From the very first sentence, Verity by Colleen Hoover sucks you in. The story centers on a woman who accepts a job as a ghostwriter that turns out to be (so much) more than she anticipated. What happens from there, you'll have to read it to find out!
Favorite quote: Most people come to New York to be discovered. The rest of us come here to hide.
Buy the book: Verity.
A new job that seems "perfect" on paper turns out to involve incredible sacrifice and horror. It's beautifully written - and offers profound commentary on the experiments performed on Black bodies in the past.
Favorite quote: If you think too much about how things should be, you forget how they are.
Buy the book: Lakewood.
Just the cover of this book gives us the creeps! Wait til you start reading it. There are haunted houses, teens, and horrible nightmares. Need we say more?