Friday the 13th is upon us. But instead of fretting over unlucky omens, I have the perfect solution. Embrace this eerie day by reading some of our Top 10 picks; they are guaranteed to scare all of your worries away!
The Other Widow by Susan Crawford
One ill-advised affair leads to the death of a loved one, which then leads to a suspicious insurance claim. How these two events connect will send chills down the reader’s spine. Crawford has cleverly crafted a devious web of lies between three different characters, making for one suspenseful page flip after another.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Aside from Friday the 13th, we all know one other day of the year when the ghoulish stories will appear. Two young girls lives are intertwined in a heart breaking, defiant friendship that leads to a shocking turn of events. As readers you will become invested in their lives, not wanting to shut the book until you’ve read the last page.
Thrillers *NSFSC (Not Safe for Scaredy-Cats)*:
The Ice Child by Camilla Lackberg
This is book number nine from Lackberg that features the well-loved characters Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falk, a husband and wife duo set on solving even the most gruesome murders. When a young girl is found, naked and brutally murdered, Patrik and Erica must work together using their own unique skill sets to shed a light on the killer.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Bird Box takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with a constant fear of the unknown; it is a horror story unlike any other. The storyline plays with time, jumping from past to present, making it a suspenseful cover to cover read. Be prepared true horror fans! I recommend not reading before bed.
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Back at it again, Kenneth Oppel will send shivers down your spine with this emotionally haunting novel. The inner demons of a young boy begin to manifest as “angels” when he is faced with reality of losing a loved one. The Nest is an exploration of anxiety and grief but viewed through the innocent eyes. While the target audience is for younger readers, this heart wrenching tale is easily enjoyed by all ages.
Flickers by Arthur Slade
Set in the 1920s, this chilling story is about twin girls, one living a glamorous life while the other hides away with her books. Their lives quickly change when one twin discovers that their caretaker might not be who she seems.
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
Taylor’s novel is set in London during the Great Fire of 1666. A body is found where it shouldn’t be, and the political and emotional turmoil that ensues is a nail-biter! The historical elements combined with a thrilling investigation makes for the perfect eerie Friday the 13th read.
eBooks (for all you new age readers):
The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad
For readers who are fans of the classic detective novel, The Silent Girls is the perfect book to go on your must read list. Filled with bone-chilling suspense and mystery, Rickstad’s story plays with the idea that evil is everywhere and no one is truly safe.
Lie in Wait by Eric Rickstad
Rickstad has created yet another murder mystery page turner. Lie in Wait has a psychological element to it that makes for a thrilling read. I get the feeling that with Rickstad, the most heart wrenching murders seem to happen in the smallest of towns.
The Joe Hill eBook bundle by Joe Hill
Finally, why buy one book when you can have four? This compilation of four chilling novels from the best-selling author Joe Hill will have your skin crawling. Read in any order you like, but not all at once…don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Reading these stories will also be the perfect way to get yourself ready for Hill’s new novel, The Fireman, which is set to hit stores next Tuesday!
Have a hair-raising Friday, Savvy readers!
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