Fall is the perfect time of year to curl up with a scary book! From horror to mystery/thriller to nonfiction, these reading suggestions have something for everyone.
|||The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This retelling of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells is set in the lush jungles of Yucatán, Mexico. Carlota Moreau lives on an isolated estate, along with her father’s twisted hybrid creatures. When two outsiders show up, a sinister truth is revealed. Eerie and unsettling, this will appeal to fans of historical fiction, strong settings, and science fiction.
|The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore
The real horror in this work of historical nonfiction is that it reflects true events. In 1860, Elizabeth Packard was committed to the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville after her husband declared her insane. The catch? Elizabeth was quite sane, and she’s not the only woman confined to the asylum against her will after defying a male relative. Thus begins Elizabeth’s lifelong journey for justice. For fans of local history, true crime, and women’s rights.
|The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
A chilling and suspenseful read, The Only Good Indians is the story of four Blackfeet men haunted by an incident from their youth. Returning to the reservation where they grew up, the men are stalked by a spirit out for revenge. This novel stands out for its strong sense of place and commentary on indigenous life. Not for the faint of heart, this is a read for devoted horror fans.
|The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
This twisty mystery will have you up reading well into the night. A woman is murdered in the reading room of the Boston Public Library and four strangers find themselves on a mission to solve the crime—but not everyone is who they seem. In an alternate storyline, an author discovers her own mystery regarding an enigmatic pen pal. This riveting whodunit is quick, thrilling, and unconventional, and is particularly enjoyable as an audiobook.