I thought it would be fun to hand out some reading recommendations. In true Halloween fashion, I'm talking about the ones that gave me chills. Now everyone's level of fear is different, but I love cheesy scary movies and a low gore count. I prefer to be scared versus being grossed out. Here are a few of my favorites.
I'm Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
I found this gem on the shelves at my downtown library. I generally didn't frequent this branch so I was excited to find something so unique! I instantly picked it up and I finished reading it by the end of my shift. The story is about a boy, who is the son of a serial killer, and he worries that it is something that may be passed down (genetics). He has a fascination with death and visits the crime scenes in his city.
One day, he sees something he can't explain and begins to follow around his neighbor, whom he thinks is committing all the murders. Alas, he finds something incredibly more sinister. This novel is part of a series, but I have only read the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I even jumped a few times.
The Dark Stairs by Betsy Byars
This book holds a special place in my heart. It is the first "children's lit" book I have read that deals with murder. I don't think that Herculeah Jones began my love of female detectives, but she definitely fueled it. Herculeah Jones is a detective, it runs in her blood. Her father is on the police force and her mother is a private investigator.
Generally, her mother allows her to help on cases, as long as they aren't dangerous, but the estate of dead lakes she has been explicitly told no. Does that stop Herculeah? Of course not. She enlists the help of her friend, Meat, who enjoys food and knows the precise moment to flee in each situation. I highly recommend both the novel and the audiobook, the music, the way the narrator talks, is just shivers worthy.
Someone Must Die by Sharon Potts
I finished this one pretty recently. You guys know me, Murder, Mystery or Die, and I'm more than likely picking up the novel. When I first started reading it, I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it. It started really slow, but you guys, once it started, it shot off like a locomotive. I was gripped by the immediate change in direction, and everyone was a suspect, and I had goosebumps and there were bombs, like seriously what more do you need?
You follow along with Aubrey, the daughter in an estranged family. She is the mediator between her divorced parents and her brother. Her mother has been granted the opportunity to take care of her grandson for a week, and on the second day of their time together, he disappears.
You and Aubrey then delve into her parents past, in order to save your nephews future. The way Potts, intertwines the present with the past creates an almost seamless timeline to the climax of the novel. As you uncover clues and learn about everyone around you, it seems that almost anyone could have kidnapped Ethan but who really did it and why?
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
This book really surprised me. It's classified Ya lit but is sex positive. I was very pleased with the way her female characters were represented, and it covered something that I don't really see often in Ya, and that's a serial killer in the making.
The story follows Cadie, who just wants an opportunity to get away from the stifling and boring world of chores, taking care of her brother and constantly working. She meets two cousins who are in Arcadia for a road trip and from there, our story takes off like a rocket. Cadie and a friend join the cousins for an adventure and only find terror. The biggest thing I liked about this novel, was that you suspected everyone, and even though there is a small cast of characters, you really don't pick up on who did it until it's too late.
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
I won't go into too much about this book because I have actually written about it before here. The story follows a girl, Violet, who has the ability to sense the dead. Corpses have echos, which draw her to them. The only ones she can sense or ones who have met their end too early. Usually, she comes across animals, and she buries them to put them at peace and essentially her as well.
The series starts with her actually finding a girl. One who's been murdered, and she has thus disturbed a serial killer. I've read the first two novels in the series, and I enjoyed every bit of each one. The first novel, you aren't introduced into the killer until it's too late, but the second novel, you spend 80% thinking it is one character and then when it's revealed it is way too late to have seen it coming. I love those. I adore a good twist.