This year has awakened my love of books. In fact, I I’ve read so many books that my friends and family have even noticed - I blame my Kindle for making it so darn convenient, and for fitting so perfectly in every purse.
Around Halloween, I always look for something a little on the spookier side to read. I’m not the biggest fan of scary movies. Past boyfriends would tell you I spend most of the movie hiding, or scrolling through cute puppy videos on twitter to distract myself from the psychopath with the chainsaw on the screen. Friends would tell you that I talk through the entire thing, cracking jokes so that I don’t get seriously invested and then have twenty eight year old nightmares.
I do, however, love to read a thriller that keeps me guessing. These are my three favorites for this spookier time of the year:
Sharp Objects by gillian flynn
This very on-point recommendation from one of my best friends, Emma, was such a good pick. It’s haunting, and has you second-guessing each and every character. Admittedly, it has a slower start, but once it gets going it’s impossible to put down. It’s also a mini-series on HBO, which I totally recommend (after reading the book, of course).
A Simple Favor by darcey bell
This novel also had me on the edge of my seat, not knowing who I could trust. I spent a larger part of reading this book trying to figure out the plot twist - which I still did not see coming from a mile away. It’s also a film starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick (phenomenally cast - the two of them are absolutely perfect for the roles - but I strongly disliked the film.)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv constantine
“You’re next” - my friend, Jess, upon finising this rollercoaster of a book.
My mom is tearing through this right now and can’t put it down. I read it in two days. I strongly feel it should be a film, and I may or may not have already cast it perfectly in my head. It’s extremely well-paced, and has you guessing all the way until the end. No spoilers, this is a good one.