Top 10 Halloween Books (2020 Guide)

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With Halloween coming up, have you ever wondered what would be the best book to read on Halloween. If you have then this is for you. I have created a top 10 list for the best books to read on Halloween. From everything to horror and suspense to thriller.  This guide will give you everything you need to have the perfect Halloween read. So get cozy because this is going to leave you in goosebumps.

10) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series, Book 1)

By Kerri Maniscalco

Audrey Rose loves helping her uncle with his forensic science.  It also means that she has to sneak around to help him. A girl doing forensic science is seen as inappropriate by society. Especially if you are the daughter of a lord. The thing is that Audrey doesn’t care. She wants to prove that girls can also have brains, not just beauty. She meets Thomas, a student of her uncle’s class. Soon a series of murders happen, leaving everyone in fear. Thomas and Audrey decide that they want to crack the case. With the help of her uncle, they go on a mission to solve this case before someone gets killed again. The problem is that the killer is smart, very smart. Will they catch him?

This book is for all the  thriller fans. The book does get gory whenever Audrey’s uncle is working. I would recommend to young adults that are okay about reading blood and gore.

Warning: This book is a real page turner and will keep you up late reading.

For the book: https://amzn.to/3iLT46d

9) Pretty Things: A Novel 

By Janelle Brown

 

For the book: https://amzn.to/2Hrw13q

8) The Key to Fear (The Key series, Book 1)

By Kristin Cast

One of the biggest themes on Halloween is fear. So why not read this excellent young adult dystopian book on fear itself. This book is perfect for young adult readers. Be prepared for one ride you will never forget.

Welcome to a world where lovers do not hold hand. A world that kills you for breaking someone’s personal bubble. Well, it is  called Key.  Elodie works as a nurse, complete believing in what Key stands for.  However, she has to break the rules when she goes looking for a missing terminal patient.

On the outside, Aiden- a successful person in the Key- knows  that Key is not what it says it is. However, what when a believer and non-believer lives collide?  Especially when the system is hunting you down.

For the book: https://amzn.to/3mbHeUX

7) Gone(Gone Series, Book 1)

By Michael Grant

This book begins in Perdido Beach,  where everyone over 15 disappears. The town is isolated from the rest of the world. Sam Temple, Caine Soren, Drake Merwin, Diana Ladris and many others now have to fight to survive. It has now become a quest of survival of the fittest.

For any young adult looking for an amazing series for suspense, this is the series for you.  The book does get incredibly gory and some of the content many gross you out.  This book is about surviving without the proper resources available.

For the book:  https://amzn.to/2HtSsFi

6) I Heard That Song Before: A Novel

By Mary Higgins Clark

Six-year-old Kay Lansing one morning overhears a woman blackmailing a man for money. The same night, Peter Carrington’s girlfriend vanishes into thin air. Then his wife drowns in their pool fourteen years later. Twenty-two years later, Kate and Peter meet and they fall in love.  They are soon married, but Peter’s peculiar nocturnal habits begin to scare Kate. This is especially true when he is unconsciously drawn to the place where the former Mrs. Carrington met her end..

If you are looking for a thrill ride, then this is the book for you. This book has a twist on every page. It will keep you on your toes until the end.

For the book: https://amzn.to/35pLeKK

5) Remember Me

By Mary Higgins Clark

With the death of her son Bobby, Menley Nichols finds her relationship with her husband, Adam, falling apart.  When the birth of their second child happens, it may save the couples marriage.  They decide to start new in Cape Cod.

The problem is that life is never simple. At the Remember House, all her memories of her dead son’s accident is coming back. She begins to fear her daughter’s life.

While Menley is suffering, Adam works on a case where a man is suspected of drowning his wife. When their world’s collide, is it for a reason?

For all the fans of crime and suspense, this is the perfect Halloween read for you. Anyone can read this book, so be sure to get cozy as the story goes on.

For the book: https://amzn.to/37zcPvN

4) Let Me Call You Sweetheart

By Mary Higgins Clark

When Kerry McGrath daughter has to go to a plastic surgeon’s office, Kerry spies a familiar face. She then sees the same face again, but on a different woman. Suddenly she recognizes it as the face of  Suzanne Reardon, the “Sweetheart Murder” victim, killed more than ten years ago! But for what possible reason would Dr. Smith be giving his patients the face of a dead woman?

When Kerry decides to open a new investigation, she finds that someone is trying to keep the matter closed forever. The question is why?

As you have probably seen, Mary Higgins Clark is great at writing suspense, thriller and crime novels. The more books you read of hers, the more you want to read. This book was very creepy and will shock you at the end.

For the book: https://amzn.to/3mbIMOL

3) Fear Itself

By Stephen King

A serial killer is on the loose. One that uses your greatest fear to kill you.  This killer has decided to kill the delegates of Specific Phobia convention. With three dead, a woman sends FBI agent, E.L. Pender a letter that she may be next.  The problem is they do not how close the killer really is.

This one action packed psychological thriller book.  This book will keep you on your toes until the very end of it. Then it will leave you gasping in shock, wanting more. I would recommend this book to any with a love for psychological crime stories.

For the book :https://amzn.to/35kCYvi

2) The Shining

By Stephen King

No Halloween Book Guide is complete without a Stephen King book. As one of the most loved books written by Stephen King, The Shining makes the perfect Halloween book for this list.

This book looks into the life of a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance.  He and his family move to Overlook Hotel when he   accepts a position as the off-season caretaker. His son Danny soon discovers that he possesses “the shining”, an array of psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrific past.  A winter storm leaves Jack stranded and his family in danger.

For the book: https://amzn.to/3olomVe

 

1) Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 1

Edited by Ellen Datlow

And finally no Halloween is complete without some horror stories. This horror fiction anthology is the first of many.  This makes our guide’s number one as you get more than one horror story.  Enjoy 21 stories from some of the best horror authors:

  • E. Michael Lewis: “Cargo”
  • Richard Bowes: “If Angels Fight”
  • Steve Duffy: “The Clay Party”
  • William Browning Spencer: “Penguins of the Apocalypse”
  • Glen Hirshberg: “Esmeralda”
  • Trent Hergenrader: “The Hodag”
  • Nicholas Royle: “Very Low-Flying Aircraft”
  • Margaret Ronald: “When the Gentlemen Go By”
  • Laird Barron: “The Lagerstätte”
  • Euan Harvey: “Harry and the Monkey”
  • Miranda Siemienowicz: “Dress Circle”
  • Daniel Kaysen: “The Rising River”
  • JoSelle Vanderhooft: “Sweeney Among the Straight Razors”
  • R.B. Russell: “Loup-garou”
  • Graham Edwards: “Girl in Pieces”
  • Joe R. Lansdale: “It Washed Up”
  • Mike Allen: “The Thirteenth Hell”
  • Margo Lanagan: “The Goosle”
  • Daniel LeMoal: “Beach Head”
  • Adam Golaski: “The Man from the Peak”
  • Simon Bestwick: “The Narrows”

Warning: Some of these stories are gory. Be prepared for a scare.

For the book: https://amzn.to/3dNwWHC

 

What do you think? Do you agree with these books? If you have any books that you think should make this list, make sure to leave me a comment about it. I would love to hear your thoughts, views and ideas on these books.

Happy Halloween!!

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