Hello everyone! Today is another Top 5 Tuesday post, created by Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm blog.
Today’s prompt is “Spooky reads for Halloween”, but since I haven’t read many spooky books so far, I thought I’d talk about the top spooky books that are in my TBR instead!
You can click the book titles to be forwarded to their Goodreads page and add them to your shelves.
Let’s get started…
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
“When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son-and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly car. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth more terrifying than death itself-and hideously more powerful. The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.”
I’ve heard a ton of people recommending this book, and they all say that it is truly scary and that it has a very creepy, cold atmosphere. I can’t wait to pick this one up!
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
“Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.”
This book is the seventh in the Harry Hole series, and everyone says it’s the best and the scariest of all, which makes me want to binge read all the books, just so that I can finally get to this one – and that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
“Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.
That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.”
I am currently reading this one, and let me tell you, it sure is spooky! I’m loving it, its mysterious and creepy and has that “small town” element that adds to the thrilling atmosphere. I’ll post a review for it soon!
Brother by Ania Ahlborn
“Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.
But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…”
According to Abby, this book is very scary, and her review really made me want to read it – it’s also the reason I picked up The Devil Crept In! I’ve just ordered Brother, and I will definitely start reading it as soon as it gets here ♡
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
“It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.
Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.
With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?”
I had never heard of The Crow Girl until I started watching Portuguese booktube videos. I’m not sure why not that many foreign channels talk about this series, but my fellow Portuguese book friends absolutely love it, and they recommend it over and over again.
I will admit, I am a bit scared to start it, just because everyone says it’s very disturbing and not a good choice for the faint-hearted – but that won’t stop me!! I reeeeaaally want to read this series, and I will definitely start it soon.
That is all for my top spooky reads for Halloween! I’m definitely going to pick up one of these on Halloween this year, I just haven’t decided which one.
You can tell me which one you think would be the best for this spooky occasion down in the comments.
What are your top scary books? Let me know in the comments, I’m on the hunt for more of them! ♡
Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡