Are you looking for scary book recommendations this month? If so, I’ve got 10 books for you to check out. These genres range from horror, mystery/thriller, and fantasy. I’ve included books I’ve personally read (3-5 star ratings), along with books on my TBR list. You can conveniently find the links to Goodreads, my reviews, and a link to Amazon if you’d like to purchase any of these books. Here are 10 scary books you need to read this October!
From the publisher: Mallory Quinn is fresh out of rehab when she takes a job as a babysitter. She is to look after five-year-old Teddy. His drawings are the usual fare: trees, rabbits, balloons. But one day, he draws something different: a man in a forest, dragging a woman’s lifeless body. Mallory begins to wonder if these are glimpses of a long-unsolved murder, perhaps relayed by a supernatural force. Read my review here.
From the publisher: Casey Fletcher has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of liquor, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple who live in the house across the lake. Casey and Katherine strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage is not as perfect and placid as it appears. Read my review here.
From the publisher: As the only survivor of an alleged haunted house, Quinn has spent years ensuring that no one else will endure what she has. Thanks to her special ability to sense a home’s personality, she uses her position as a realtor to make the perfect match with prospective homeowners and ensure harmony between them. But her talent is tested when she encounters Crater House. It is sentient. It is calculating. It wants occupants for all the wrong reasons. Read my review here.
From the publisher: On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who can she trust? Read my review here.
From the publisher: It was supposed to be just one night in the cabin: one night for Lottie and her brand new stepsister, Jade, to try to get along. When a solar flare causes a massive blackout―no power or cell signal―Lottie knows they’ve got a long night ahead of them. The storm isn’t the only thing they’ll have to survive. Read my review here.
From the publisher: Can an entire city be haunted? The Losers Club of 1958 seems to think so. After all, when they were teenagers back then, these seven friends who called the small New England metropolis of Derry their home had first-hand experience with what made this place so horribly different. Every twenty-seven years, something that has existed here for a very long time comes back to terrorize Derry, lurking in the city storm drains and sewers, taking the shape of every nightmare and deepest dread.
From the publisher: Twenty-five years ago, Maggie and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.
From the publisher: Eight hours. Six friends. One sniper. Eighteen year old Red and her friends are on a road trip in an RV, heading to the beach for Spring Break. Until the RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere. There’s no mobile phone reception and nobody around to help. And as the wheels are shot out, one by one, the friends realise that this is no accident. There’s a sniper out there in the dark watching them and he knows exactly who they are. One of the group has a secret that the sniper is willing to kill for.
From the publisher: Victoria has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. Charles Manx likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” One day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget.
From the publisher: Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece. Read my review here.
I hope this post gave you some ideas on what you can read for spooky season! Do you have any recommendations of your own? I’m always looking for suggestions and would love to hear your thoughts! For some nostalgic Halloween reads, visit my post here. Happy reading everyone!
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