Spooky Books for Fall

I have been so into thrillers and mysteries lately and this time of year makes me want to read them even more. I compiled a list of some of my favorites including books I want to read, and also some not-so-scary books for people who don't want to be terrified haha. If you have any to add to my list, please comment below!

Books I've Read:

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
This is my favorite book I've read so far this year. I have raved about it so much that you guys are probably sick of it lol but I'm obsessed. It's about two missing girls over a ten year period. The story draws you in and keeps you guessing until the last minute. I have a book over-review all about it, click here to read it. 

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
I recommend this book to everyone because it's a relatively fast read but so good. The end was leave you speechless! I love when you can't predict what will happen and this also includes a love story. Best of both worlds right?? Here is my book over-review.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
This book is super creepy and totally freaked me out. That being said it was soooooo good! Don't read it if you're home alone though! The book is based on a series of murders that a woman ends up uncovering after she finds hidden documents and files on her husband's computer. What she needs to find out, is how involved he is in these murders. I don't want to tell you much more, just go read it! 

Books I Want to Read:

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
I loved the last book I read by Slaughter so I was so excited to see another just came out. This one is on my must-read list. 

Synopsis from Amazon: 

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop. 
Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found. 
Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away. 
But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues. 
Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller -- a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption. 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Synopsis from Amazon:

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. 

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Synopsis from Amazon:

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories.

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I've heard a ton of buzz about this book but I haven't read it yet. It comes up in every fall book search so I guess it needs to be on my list. It's an interesting concept, so I am definitely intrigued. 

Synopsis from Amazon:

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Not-so-scary-but-still-goes-with-the-halloween-theme books :)

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

This trilogy is super light and easy to read. It has a spooky vibe because it's about magic but nothing that will terrify you. Nora Roberts' books always include romance and these don't disappoint in that department. Definitely a great fall read! 

I love the Harry Potter books and I've read them over and over again. Even though the plot isn't based around Halloween, anything with wizards and magic falls in that category for me. If you have kids, the illustrated version would be so fun to read aloud to them. My favorite is the third book but you should read them in order. 


  1. I've read The Woman in Cabin 10 and it's really good! Thanks for the suggestions on books to read! I'm adding these to my reading list and I just downloaded All The Missing Girls to listen to while running!

  2. I love Karin Slaughter! I've read several of her books, so I can't wait to add these two to my list! I'm on my 3rd CJ Box novel - he writes about a Wyoming Park Ranger + Yellowstone, its a little different from what I'm used to reading, but I like it :)