Seriously where has 2019 gone? How is it Halloween next week?? I literally have so many questions?! Throughout this year I’ve read a number of thriller books including The Woman In Black, Gone Girl, The Secret and of course Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’ve picked 4 of my most thrilling/spooky favourites to give you guys inspiration for what to read to get you into this Halloween atmosphere that’s in the air. I love reading thriller books and I love the unusual types that have an unexpected twist and an unusual story line.
So here’s a guide to my highly anticipated spooky season book recommendations that I think you guys will enjoy as much as I did:
The Woman in Black Angel of Death by Martyn Waites
If you haven’t already seen The Woman in Black on DVD starring Daniel Radcliffe then you’re most likely 90% living under a rock. I watched the film years before so I was very confused when I read this book and it wasn’t the same story. So apparently there’s 2 films? I guess it’s me who’s the one living under a rock. But I kinda did like how it wasn’t the same story, and although I was expecting something completely different I still loved it as much.
It’s one of those stories that set the scene perfectly and really intrigue you to keep on reading. It was one of the first books I read in 2019 and I still remember it clearly so that in itself says a lot about it really. This is the first actual ghost story I’d ever read and in all honesty I didn’t think you’d be getting the same effect as you did on the big screen. It’s realistic although it didn’t make you literally jump like the films do which is a wee bit of a disappointment but I don’t really think there’s much anyone can do about that haha.
The concept is a group of school children who go and stay in a house out in the country for safety during world war II and you guys know how much I love historical fiction so that element was a huge bonus. Paranormal things keep occurring during their time there and it is up to their teacher Eve to put a stop to it. You all probably guessed it’s the woman in black and no it’s not that easy to get rid of her. The school group have to overcome a series of unfortunate events which makes the book a real page turner. It’s thrilling, it’s scary, and it’s the perfect book for this Halloween season.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I actually haven’t seen the award winning film yet despite the fact that I think I literally read this book last year but I can’t imagine it being as good as the book as is always the way. It’s a mystery fiction and psychological thriller book that gets pretty horrific at times. It had me hooked from the beginning and I read it in a matter of days.
It’s a story about a couple called Nick and Amy who are on the verge of getting married when Amy goes missing. Everybody suspects it was Nick, but why would a man want to kill his beautiful wife? The novel is written in diary formats which I love, and you get to see both sides of the story. It constantly switches from Nick to Amy’s perspective and a feature that I loved was the date of how many days Amy has been missing is always at the top.
It’s a real page turner and the mystery of Amy’s disappearance keeps you intrigued to find out what happens to her at all times. It’s a perfect read for this spooky season if you love a good thriller with a twist and I would highly recommend it to you guys in general.
The Secret by Katerina Diamond
This is perfect if you want a gripping book from start to finish that is thrilling and spooky this season. The story line links from 2 years ago to the present day to show how the main character Bridget’s past comes back to haunt her. It’s a suspenseful novel that has constant action taking place. It’s a sequel to Katerina Diamond’s other book ‘The Teacher’ and the story ends on a cliffhanger where you then go onto read her next novel ‘The Angel’. So if you’re wanting to sit down this Halloween with a good series of books then these are perfect for you.
Although I haven’t read ‘The Teacher’ or ‘The Angel’, this novel was still easy to understand. It still kept me wanting to read more and intrigued with the characters lives. There’s a lot of twists and unexpected surprises along the way and it is a brilliant thriller that makes you want to get through the book quickly to find out the ending.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The amount of times that I can read this book is actually unreal. At one point it was my favorite as well as being one of the first books I’d ever fully read. It’s a mix of frightening, magical, bravery and weirdness. If you haven’t already read it I really suggest you do even if not this season although it is an amazing book to get you in the Halloween mood. The imagination of the author Ransom Riggs will honestly leave you shook, it really is beyond magical and it’s one of those novels where you feel like you’re really there and experiencing everything with the main character.
The novel is about a boy named Jacob who goes on a hunt to an island on the coast of Wales from America to see for himself if all the stories his Grandpa told him whilst growing up are true. It turns out they are and Jacob finds himself in an abandoned orphanage in a mysterious island with a bunch of very, very peculiar children. A series of events happen during his time there and he becomes friends with all Miss Peregrine’s very unusual children. Jacob finds out all about his Grandpa’s past and meets the characters from the bedtime stories he used to tell him.
The author does an amazing job of setting the scene and included in the novel are photographs to go along with the story and creating even more of an image as to what these scary characters look like. It’s a scary tale but magical at the same time and as you can imagine it is very unforgettable and different to anything else.
Thank you for reading, I hope you guys all have an amazing Halloween if you celebrate it or just enjoy reading these spooky novels as the nights get dark early. I hope you all have a lovely week and let me know in the comments your favourite book to read during this spooky season?