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5 spooky books to get you in the mood for Halloween

Once the leaves start turning red, orange and gold and the air grows a chill, there's no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than snuggled up with a blanket, hot cocoa and a great book. But not just any book will do. Spooky szn calls for thrillers, horror, and suspense (oh my)! Here are some spine-chilling books that will have you srsly ready for Halloween.


Carrie by Stephen King: This iconic read by the master of horror is a student's worst prom nightmare. This truly terrifying novel has all the worst elements of high school—mean girls, teen angst, bullying, crushes gone wrong and revenge. Not only is Carrie a fab story, but it also makes for a killer Halloween costume! Purchase here: The Poisoned Pen


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: A high school girl is murdered, her boyfriend is blamed and her best friend decides to uncover the truth. This trope has been done before, but not like this! This twisty thriller will keep you guessing til the very end. If you love Only Murders in the Building (and who doesn't), you won't be able to put this whodunit down. Once you get hooked (which you will), there are two more books in the series: Good Girl, Bad Blood and As Good as Dead are both as fab as the first installment. Purchase here: The Strand Books


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice: The melodramatic tale of a family of witches is told over the course of three captivating books. The first book in the trilogy weaves back and forth from the 1700s to the present, telling the rich, dark history of the family. If you've been bingeing Interview with the Vampire, you'll love these books. This century-spanning historical horror drama is being made into a TV series with White Lotus's Alexandra D'Addario, so be sure to read the books before the series comes out in 2023. Purchase here: Books-A-Million


White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson: This hair-raising, can't-put down story of a teen whose family moves into a haunted house is a must-read for a spooky Sunday. White Smoke is a thrilling, chilling, haunted-house ghost story at its sinister best. This uber-creepy psychological thriller will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning, and when you finally finish the book, you'll be too scared to sleep. Purchase here: Barnes & Noble


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: This family drama is suspenseful, twisty and mixes surprises throughout, with an ending you will never expect. A group of teens that have been besties for years, money, a private island, secrets, lies and betrayal all add up to an amazing story that will chill you to your core. The genius of E. Lockhart will have you turning the pages faster than you can say "no way!" And make sure you have Family of Liars in your TBR pile, because as soon as you finish We Were Liars, you'll immediately want to start the prequel. Purchase here: Amazon

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by Isabelle Grace Ballard | 10/31/2022