Can you believe how fast September has flown? It is finally starting to feel like fall outside, and my cold-weather-loving-heart is so happy. It’s also time for spooky season! We’ll be decorating for Halloween next weekend, and I’ll be sharing that over on Instagram. Today, I want to share my spooky reading list for this year. I was a subscriber to Book of the Month for a few years, and I always gravitate towards mysteries and thrillers. I don’t subscriber to Book of the Month anymore, simply because I can’t keep up with all the books! You can always skip a month, but I would forget. So, I have quite a few books that are in that general ‘spooky’ genre that I want to read this year.
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
This is about a husband and wife, Lloyd and Hen, who move to a new house outside of Boston. Hen is bipolar and just now settled into her medication, finally feeling stable. All her stability fades away when they meet their next door neighbors, and Hen recognizes an object on their shelf. It was an item from the house of a boy who was killed two years ago. Hen has been obsessed with the murder and can’t let it go.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
I will never forget when I read Big Little Lies when it was released. I couldn’t put it down, and the twist was not what I was expecting. Hopefully Nine Perfect Strangers will be just as good! Nine people are staying at a health resort called Tranquilium House, each for a different reason. Although each person’s reason is different, they are all essentially there to work on themselves and improve their lives. The main character, Frances, is intrigued by the owner of Tranquilium House. Pretty soon, everyone is just as curious as Frances and start asking questions. Frances has to make a decision — should she stay and learn all she can or make a run for it?
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
Clara’s boyfriend Luke has disappeared and everyone is convinced that he’s left her. Surprisingly, Luke’s older sister Emily appears (after being missing for 20 years) out of the blue. She refuses to tell Clara what happened when she went missing, and Clara has a hunch that Emily’s disappearance and Luke’s disappearance are related.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
This is quite a different book than I usually read. This is a retelling of the Iliad, from the women’s point of view. The city of Troy was ravaged by war because of one woman — Helen. On the Greek side, another women named Briseis is waiting for the war to end. She was a queen of one of the neighboring cities. Agamemnon soon claims her as his own, and she is caught between two powerful Greek leaders. This sounds very intriguing and suspensful!
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
This is about two twin sisters, Ava and Zelda. Their family run a vineyard, and after Ava runs away to Paris it is up to Zelda to run the family business. Ava has to return to their New York vineyard after Zelda is found dead, burned to death in a barn after she fell asleep with a cigarette. Ava finds a cryptic note from her sister and realizes this is just another one of her sister’s games. While the police are stumped, Ava follows clue after clue to unravel the mystery.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
This was the first thriller I purchased from Book of the Month. It has been on my shelves for far too long! Lo Blacklock, a journalist, just got the best assignment — a week on a cruise that has very few cabins. As they set sail, all is well; however, days into the cruise it seems that a woman has been thrown off the ship. The only problem is, no one knew the woman and all the passengers are accounted for. They ship sails on, but Lo can’t let go the thought that someone horrible has happened.
Thanks for checking out my spooky reading list for this year! I am getting a head start this week and starting The Woman in Cabin 10! What are you reading right now?