Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender is a spooky series centred around supernatural encounters. With everything from creepy dolls to powerful ghosts, these books have an eerie atmosphere, but their more contemporary feel makes them readable for those who aren’t horror fans. These are quick reads that kept me engaged until I turned the final page, and they are perfect for getting into the fall spirit. Continue reading
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig is a retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses with a dark twist. Containing ghostly visions, mysterious balls that last all night, and a main character who is determined to uncover the truth behind her sister’s deaths, this one has all the makings of a dark and atmospheric story. Those looking for a unique and immersive fairytale retelling will not want to miss this one. Continue reading
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather is an atmospheric duology that I struggled to put down. Inspired by the author’s own family history, this series puts a modern spin on the Salem Witch Trials and the Titanic. The investigative elements in both books build suspense, and I found the main character easy to root for. I was especially impressed with the author’s skill in integrating the past and the present, making this a great series for fans of both contemporary and historical fiction. Continue reading
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis is a gripping horror novel that is perfect for Halloween. While it is out of my comfort zone as a fan of contemporary, I enjoyed the suspenseful plot and unreliable narrator. The writing is also incredibly atmospheric, which made this a difficult book to put down. This is the perfect read for those looking for an immersive and memorable psychological thriller.
The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh is an atmospheric horror that is prefect for the fall season. Following a girl who takes an internship at a haunted house, this one contains spine-chilling images and a strong main character who is also diabetic. I especially enjoyed the eerie descriptions of the house, which leave the reader with the unsettling feeling that something sinister is going on. Continue reading