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Thrillers and Mysteries and Horrors, Oh My!

To me, October is truly the most wonderful time of the year. To quote one of my favorite books, “I was born in February but I come alive in October” – Rainbow Rowell, Attachments. I’ve never related to anything more. The air is crisp, the colors are vibrant and it’s the best time to curl up with a good book, preferably one that keeps you on your toes.

A few years ago, my friends convinced me to read a psychological thriller called the Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, and this genre surprisingly became my favorite.

I started listening to thrillers on audio and I was hooked. My favorites psychological thrillers include:

The Wife Between Us
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
sharp object book cover
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
the couple next door book cover
The Couple Next Door by Shari LaPena
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Since becoming a Teen Librarian, I’ve found that Young Adult mysteries and thrillers can be just as captivating. One of my first and favorite YA thrillers is One of Us Is Lying. Karen McManus has taken the YA thriller scene by storm and now has several popular books that consistently fly off of our shelves.

An increasingly popular trend in YA fiction is the “mysterious death at boarding school” trope. For some reason, this dark setting automatically entices the audience from page one. My first interaction with this trope was the first book of the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson. I recently just started A Study in Charlotte and similarly, the mysterious boarding school setting drew me in from the start, not to mention the main characters being descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

Other creepy YA books that I’m looking forward to reading include:

The Killing Code
The Killing Code by Ellie Marney
White Smoke
White Smoke by Tiffany Jackson
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

This post would not be complete without including some horror graphic novels. I highly recommend Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, but I would not recommend reading it before bed…the art can be quite disturbing. You also can’t go wrong with the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, especially if you are a fan of the Netflix series. 

Now that you have a list of October-appropriate books, go ahead and light a fall-scented candle, enjoy your favorite pumpkin-flavored treat and start reading!

By Gabriella Trinchetta
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