Hey lovely readers!
So begins #Blogtober the Halloween addition!
I will be posting to my blog every single day this month, with at least one post a day being Halloween themed. They may not always be book related, but they will all be spooky fun! Here are 5 of my favorite scary books for adults.
The Killer Book of Serial Killers: Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the World of Serial Killers by Tom Philbin and Michael Philbin
“The Killer Book of Serial Killers is the ultimate resource (and gift) for any true crime fan and student of the bizarre world of serial killers. Filled with stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about the world’s most notorious murderers, this is the perfect bathroom reader for anyone fascinated with serial killers.
The stories and trivia cover such killers as: John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, The BTK Killer, Jack the Ripper, The Green River Killer, serial killers around the world, and many more.
So this one is pretty obviously scary, being that it’s about serial killers. I’m obsessed with true crime, serial killers, and all that goes with it. (Don’t judge me.) I actually got this book from The National Crime & Punishment museum in DC and read it in like 2 hours on the drive home! It’s one of the best true crime books I’ve read and I keep going back to it. Definitely a spooky read!
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
“When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.
But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support, she’s stunned to find they don’t believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.
Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life. Until the day the phone rings . . .”
This one is terrifying for a whole other reason. It alternates between the past and the present. It’s incredibly jarring reading Catherine’s thoughts between when she meets Lee and falls in love with him, to four years later when she’s escaped his abuse. This book is brutal and it doesn’t shy away from depicting the horror of abuse and the long lasting psychological damage it leaves behind. I found myself recalling some of the abuse I have suffered in the past, but I very much appreciated the realistic depictions. I was definitely a little jumpy after reading this one, it’s a different but effective kind of scary.
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
“Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find a stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families.
Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the unanswered questions about the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police, and all the adults in Alice’s and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances”
I’ve shared this one before, but I have to include it in this list, because it’s so good. It’s disturbing and creepy, but in such an amazing way. The ending of this was probably the best I’ve ever read and I still think about it all the time. Alice is probably one of the scariest book characters I’ve ever read about and I just found her fascinating. There’s also a pretty good movie based on this book. Definitely check it out!
Final Girls by Riley Sager
“Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.”
This book reads like a good scary movie! I was so jumpy for days after this, which is always so much fun haha. I read through this one so fast, I found it to be pretty unique in terms of plot. It’s so fun to know what happens after the crazy stuff goes down. Plus I loved the aspect of these girls constantly looking over their shoulders, it really set the tone for the whole book.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
“Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.”
This one probably seems a bit unconventional, but if you’ve read this book you probably know why I put it on this list. It’s quietly terrifying. The story of a mother who had to make an unbearable choice and now has to live with her guilt. It’s haunting and beautiful and everyone should read it.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Covers and synopsis’ from Goodreads