It’s that time of the year when I just want to wrap myself under the sheets with a thrilling book in my hand and a hot coffee to calm me…or not? Either way, after I put down the book, I will make sure all the doors are locked.
Hence, here’s a list of my Top 5 Thriller Books to Read this Spooky Season:
1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This is the only book you will ever need if you want to play “guess-who-dunnit”. It’s a story of a classic locked room mystery where 10 people were stranded on an island until one person dies, then another and another… But who among them is the killer? It’s a simple problem but extremely hard to know how it all ends. It’s a masterpiece.
2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
An unnamed protagonist talks about a dead girl named Rebecca – the ex-wife of her husband. Her calm yet chilling narration of the events happening around her makes you question of whether or not to trust her sanity. It’s a novel about love, lust, envy and obsession.
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
If you love art, Greek mythology, mystery and beautiful prose, this modern classic is for you. It started with a mistake which lead to a deliberate murder. But what Tartt truly explored here was the satire approach to humanity, fleeting beauty and death. It’s that kind of book that will make you look at your own frailties.
4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Old mansion, ghosts, paranormal disturbances and all things strange… This book will keep you wide awake. It’s an eerie take on psychological thriller set in a 1950s backdrop. While reading, you will get more questions than answers – is it real? Is it happening? In the end, the main character’s psyche will give you a lot to ponder on.
5.Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
I read this book just this year and it’s automatically in my top 5. It’s a domestic-thriller trope where the cheating husband got caught by his wife and the mistress doesn’t back down. But the plot twist, you ask? It is never what is seems. This book has been my biggest “WTF HAPPENED” this year. You have to read until the very last page for you to understand it…somehow.
There you go! I am more a psychological-thrillers-crime-fiction-than-straight-horror kind of girl. I guess I am very much fascinated in the human psyche more than anything else. Because there’s this line that I read which I’ll never forget: Monsters can be human but humans can be monsters, too.
What are you favorite books to read during this season? Give me recommendations!