It's that time of year again! Spooky reads time. Here are some of my favorite choices.
You by Caroline Kepnes
When a beautiful, young writer goes into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do... he Googles the name on her credit card. From there Joe becomes more and more obsessed with Guinevere Beck. She puts so much of her life out there that it makes it so easy for Joe to get all the ammunition to get Beck to fall for him... All of this while stalking her. This books gave me the creeps. Mainly because all the stalker things Joe does are things that are so easy for all of us to do. Him getting Beck to fall for him was so easy, because now a days we just put so much of ourselves out there without even second guessing what we are doing. After reading this book I kept having that creepy feeling that I was being watched.
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, she knows things are off. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode clues to find out why she was taken, but she wasn't taken alone.
This book perfectly balances these dark settings and themes with stunning jaw dropping quotable moments. It's one of those book that will have you guessing up until the last moment about who brought Senna to the house. My favorite part of Mud Vein is that there is a story within a story. Which is just a moving a deep as the other.
Vicious by VE Schwab
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates but swiftly became best friends. Two boys that know what it is like to be both brilliant and a loner. When they start their college thesis Eli starts to take his from more than just theories to actual experiments. The two quickly realize that under the right set of circumstances that a person could gain extraordinary powers. I wouldn't say this book is "spooky" per se, but it would be my top recommendation for Halloween reading. It has a little bit of everything. It also has this amazing ability to deep into a grey area of what is right and what is wrong, and how you perceive it. This book nails dark, and if you only plan on reading one book this fall Vicious should be it.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound". This means all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Every time I am asked what the scariest book I ever read was, this is the book I say. Holy Jesus this read freaked me the F out. I don't know what else I really can say beside how creeped out this book left me feeling. Having my organs harvested is one of my biggest fears, and this book did nothing to help that. This whole book is freaky, but there is one scene in particular that left me speechless. After reading it I had to set it down just to gain composure again.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary Amy disappears. Nick to most would seem like the husband of the year, but a look inside Amy's diary would say other wise. Nick is evasion and most signs point to him... but could he really be Amy's killer? Even if you haven't read or seen the movie yet you've more than likely have still heard of Gone Girl. This book is another great who done it book. If you're like me you will go back and forth with ideas of who might have killed Amy. This book is so well written with so many well placed WTF moments. There's so much I want to say when it comes to Gone Girl, but it's one of those books that going in with less is better.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. After an accident killed her friends and left her unharmed she has more questions than she's able to find answers for. This series... This series is one of my all time favorites! Every book in this trilogy is creepier than the one before it, and each ending will have you floored. Michelle Hodkin really thought this series out before starting it. Everything down to the title is perfection. Each one she so cleverly undercover perfect little Easter eggs that you had no clue were even there. If you love paranormal thrillers with lots of perfect romance pick up Mara Dyer.