Ready For Spooky Season? Add These 12 Books To Your Fall Reading List ASAP

As spooky season approaches, we’re looking for anything to get into the mood. Watching “Hocus Pocus” on repeat or decorating your house with cute pumpkin trinkets is a good start, but nothing beats curling up with a good thriller book.

By Meghan Dillon4 min read

From psychological thrillers to supernatural thrillers, there’s a spooky season book for everyone. 

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1. The House Across The Lake, by Riley Sager

After she tarnished her public image with her drinking habits, widowed actress Casey Fletcher hides out at her family’s lake house until the scandal blows over. Haunted to be in the same place where her husband tragically died, she turns to alcohol and spying on her wealthy neighbors, Tom and Katherine Royce. One day, she develops a friendship with Katherine after saving her from drowning. When Katherine goes missing, Casey suspects foul play on Tom’s part.

With complex characters and twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this psychological thriller is perfect for a chilly fall night. Get your copy here.

2. Vampires of El Norte, by Isabel Cañas 

Set during the Mexican-American War, this novel does a fabulous job of combining two beloved genres: Western and supernatural horror. Nestor is a rancher haunted by the death of his childhood sweetheart, Nena, who was attacked by a monster nine years ago. The same monster continues to haunt their town, and Nestor turns to alcohol to cope with his grief and fear. When Nena turns out to be alive, the two must work together to fight the sharp-toothed demon who nearly took Nena’s life and the men invading their land. Get your copy here.

3. You Shouldn’t Have Come Here, by Jeneva Rose

Exhausted by the hustle and bustle of city life, Grace books a trip for a getaway at a remote Airbnb in Wyoming. When she arrives at the ranch, she is pleased to learn that the owner of the ranch is as beautiful as the scenery. This carefree vacation romance takes a turn when Grace starts to notice red flags from a local woman missing to a gut feeling that something is wrong. Will this vacation of her dreams turn out to be a complete nightmare? Get your copy here.

4. Blood Sugar, by Sascha Rothchild

When Ruby’s husband, Jason, is mysteriously murdered, it doesn’t take long for the police to suspect Ruby. While she didn’t kill him, there’s a twist – she has killed before. She faces the impossible: trying to prove her innocence without convicting herself of past murder.

Switching from past to present, this twisty thriller does a perfect job of introducing a scandalous character that you’ll either hate to love or love to hate. Get your copy here.

5. The Soulmate, by Sally Hepworth

Pippa and Gabe found their dream home in a beautiful cottage on a cliff, but there’s a caveat: Many take their lives by jumping off the cliff. Gabe usually talks people out of it – until he lets one slip away.

Pippa begins to wonder if it was an accident or something more sinister happened. The more she starts to wonder, the more questions she has about her husband and her seemingly perfect marriage. Get your copy here.

6. The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix

Patricia Campbell’s life is stressful, leading her to join a book club of women who love true crime as much as he does. After a neighbor’s good-looking young nephew saves her life, kids across town start to go missing. Connecting the dots, she starts to wonder if the newcomer in town has anything to do with the disappearances – which may or may not be supernatural. Get your copy here.

7. The Only Survivors, by Megan Miranda

Ten years ago, nine high school students were bonded forever by surviving a horrific accident. After one takes their life, the eight remaining survivors get together every year on the anniversary of the crash to cope with their grief and trauma. Shortly before the tenth anniversary, one of them disappears, leading some of the survivors to suspect foul play. Was it a coincidence? Or was it tied to the accident that nearly killed them years ago? Get your copy here.

8. What Have We Done, by Alex Finlay

Three childhood friends are bonded for life due to the trauma they endured at a group home. They were split up after several kids at the home went missing, but the mystery of how those kids disappeared and what they did to escape has always haunted them. When it becomes clear that someone is trying to kill all of them, the trio must reunite and revisit their trauma to stop the killer. Get your copy here.

9. Mother-Daughter Murder Night, by Nina Simon

Lana’s life is turned upside down when she’s diagnosed with cancer, forcing her to move in with her daughter, Beth, and granddaughter, Jack. After Jack discovers a dead body at work, the police immediately suspect her of foul play. Lana becomes obsessed with trying to find the killer to clear her granddaughter’s name, and it doesn’t take long for Beth and Jack to join her. The three women bond as they try to solve the mystery, but time isn’t on their side. Get your copy here.

10. Good Bad Girl, by Alice Feeney

80-year-old Edith is determined to escape the nursing home, only for her plan to be put on hold when a fellow patient is murdered. Convinced that the crime is linked to a notorious kidnapping and the criminal might be after her estranged daughter, Edith must team up with Patience, a nurse with a dark secret, to help her solve the crimes. There’s one problem: The murderer is among them, and they must find them before they kill again. Get your copy here.

11. Her Dark Lies, by J.T. Ellison

Claire and Jack have planned the perfect Italian wedding, but everything seems to be going wrong. To make matters worse, Claire starts getting mysterious and disturbing text messages, accompanied by the discovery of a skeleton at their villa. This leads Claire to wonder if there’s something sinister behind the disappearance of Jack’s first wife, but is stopped when a storm knocks the power out of the house. Get your copy here.

12. The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell

Adopted when she was only 6 months old, Libby Jones has dreamt of finding her birth parents for 25 years, but the truth is not what she expected. It turns out that she’s the heiress to a beautiful abandoned mansion along the Thames in a fabulously wealthy neighborhood in London. As she starts to investigate her family, she discovers dark secrets involving the house being connected to a mysterious murder that led to the disappearance of four children. Coincidentally, the youngest child is the same age as Lucy. Get your copy here.

Closing Thoughts

As the temperatures get cooler and the leaves start to change color, it only makes sense for us to change our reading habits for the season. Grab your favorite fall drink, an extra soft blanket, and one of these thrillers from our list, and have yourself a cozy and spooky fall afternoon.

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