If ever there was a season to become obsessed with thrillers, it’s right now—late in the fall when we so acutely feel summer’s retreat and Halloween’s approach.
It’s the season of the witch and the season of ghost stories; the time for tales that send chills up our spine and have us racing to turn on just one more light.
There’s something exhilarating about the page-turning suspense and fearful anticipation we experience with tales of mystery, thriller and suspense. Maybe it’s the invigoration of being scared when we know we’re safe. Maybe it’s the challenge of guessing what happens next. And maybe it’s just that, as the shadows grow long in autumn, we begin to think we see things hiding in them.
These eight recent releases offer all of those seasonal thrills and a great story as well. So maybe you should turn on that extra light after all—pick up one of these books and things are going to seem just a little bit darker.
Trick or treat, readers.
The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles
This edge-of-your-seat thriller revolves around nine-year-old Samuel, whose mother left unexpectedly one night to tend to her late husband’s business—at least, that’s what Ruth, the family’s housekeeper tells him. But Samuel hears the rumors in town about his parents and sees the way Ruth tries to control things both inside and outside of the house. Is Ruth hiding something from Samuel—or protecting him from something?
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
The Salem Witch Trials may have ended two centuries ago, but there is one witch left in Massachusetts—she just doesn’t know it yet. This dark and moody gothic tale of three sisters deposed to a creepy estate in the countryside where the secrets of the past can’t seem to stay hidden, is a perfect read for a chilly fall night.
Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck
Stella is a therapist whose life is now under control after a tragedy altered her entire world twenty years ago. Kristin is a mother trying desperately to hold on to the life she now has and Isabelle is a young woman that just wants to know the truth about who she is. As the women’s lives intersect, the impact could provide the answers each has been searching for—or it could shatter all three to irreparable pieces.
Guess Who by Chris McGeorge
In this contemporary take on a classic “locked room” mystery, Morgan Sheppard is a man who has a gift for solving mysteries, and parlays that into a career as an investigative expert on tabloid TV. But while Sheppard knows how to be an armchair sleuth in front of the cameras, he has to put his job to the test when he finds himself embroiled in a real life murder mystery—and he’s a suspect as well as a detective.
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
Edie Beckett has become obsessed with the families of the six women her mother was convicted of killing. Her life has fallen apart and she is unable to move past her mother’s brutal acts—until a man is murdered and Edie becomes the prime suspect in his death. With the detective that arrested her mother close behind her, Edie goes into hiding, trying desperately to find the truth of what happened—a truth that may plunge the family legacy into even greater darkness.
Fury (The Menagerie Series) by Rachel Vincent
The final book in the Menagerie trilogy features paranormal beings, post-apocalyptic survival and a complex storyline that takes us from past to present in breathtaking intervals. A pregnant Delilah must find a way to end the human versus cryptid war and bring her baby into a world of some stability, but danger will meet her every step of the way. Harrowing, heartbreaking and full of suspense.
Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
Deep in the Minnesota wilderness, a boy and his father disappear from their remote campsite without a trace. When it is assumed that a bear attacked the pair, the public loses interest in the case—that is, until ten years later when the boy is discovered violently ransacking an outfitter store. Out of control and unable to communicate, he is sent to a psychiatric facility where a young therapist forges a tenuous bond with him—one that will unlock traumatic secrets in her own past as well.
The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra
Ava was mercilessly bullied in high school and won’t rest until she has her revenge. Her first target is a successful architect but Ava knows how to make her life so unstable she will never be able to rebuild. Her second target is about to get married and Ava is determined to see that she never gets her happily ever after. But her third and final target has discovered Ava’s game—and once again has Ava in her crosshairs.
Are you ready for a Halloween thrill? Let us know what you’ll be reading!