Fall is upon us, and Halloween will be here before we know it. To keep up with the vibes of fall, we have a few book recommendations that meet the spooky/fall vibe. These could be fun reads to enjoy on your own with some apple cider donuts, or if you feel inclined, to host a fall-themed book club with. Overall, we have a little something for everyone.
1. “Verity” — Coleen Hoover
I was never a thriller fan until I read this book. I also had never read anything by this author prior to this, and this book sent me down the rabbit hole of aiming to read all of her books. The read has a twist that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat. You may not be able to put it down until you’re finished. If you’re interested in knowing more, take a look at this review.
2. “A Flicker In The Dark” — Stacy Willingham
It’s a book that will keep you guessing until the very end. It follows the main character, Chloe, as she navigates her future while leaving her troubled past behind. I seriously could not put this one down.
3. “Sharp Objects” — Gillian Flynn
This one is admittedly a little slow at the start, but I highly encourage you to keep on truckin’ as the plot develops — it will be truly worth the wait. This book has been made into a movie that you may have already seen, but avid readers will always tell you the book is almost always better.
4. “Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” — Ransom Riggs
Though intended for a younger audience, this book along with the pairings of actual black and white photographs throughout the pages, make it something enjoyable for people of all ages. This book was also made into a movie, but I haven’t seen it because the book was magical enough for me.
5. “Good Girl, Bad Girl” — Michael Robotham
This book is about the treatment of a patient that leads to the discovery of so many other skeletons in people’s closets. This one will surely be a nail-biter until the very end. I actually accidentally got this book from the library and was not mad by any means.
6. “The Silent Patient” — Alex Michaelides
This book centers around Alicia, who has murdered her husband. She ends up in psychological treatment, during which her doctor, Theo, becomes obsessed with her motives — all while she has become silent. This book had me immediately texting the friend who recommended it to me to tell them how it made me feel.
And for those who prefer non-fiction:
7. “The Stranger Beside Me” — Ann Rule
Imagine your best friend being one of the most recognized serial killers in the world and you having no clue about it. This is a true biographical account from one of Ted Bundy’s closest friends.
8. “Lost Girls”— Robert Kolker
A string of escorts begins disappearing. Kolker does his best to help unwind the case and find any potential connections. It’s truly sad and captivating to see how the crimes unfolded. And for those interested, this book has also been adapted into a movie.
As always, some books can be triggers for someone’s past trauma. So it is important to know the subject matter of the book you dive into beforehand to not be caught off guard. Luckily, many websites offer brief synopsis that won’t spoil the book but still allow you to know what you’re getting yourself into. What’s the best spooky story you’ve read? Let us know below!