Top 5 Books for Halloween

Halloween at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Hey guys! We’re halfway through October which means that Halloween is just a fortnight away. While we don’t celebrate Halloween here in Hungary (at least not officially and not like anyone in the US or UK), I’m always on the lookout for Halloween reads. There’s something thrilling about lighting a few candles and curling up in bed with a spooky thriller at this time of year, isn’t there? So today I thought I’d share with you a list of thrillers and mysteries which I think would either be perfect for this season or books which have actually made it to my Halloween wishlist.

Regular readers know that I don’t normally read paranormal and/or vampire/ werewolf/ zombie related books so my top five consist of crime fiction mainly – but I hope you’ll find my list helpful all the same. :)

Cover of Dark Room by Steve MosbyWhen a woman is found bludgeoned to death, DI Andrew Hicks focuses on her possessive ex-husband. Then a second body is found which forces Hicks to reconsider: this is a homeless man with no links to the other woman. As more murders take place, Hicks realises he is dealing with a killer who fits nowhere within his logic. He must search for patterns where none appear to exist. Then the letters begin to arrive…
Length: 304 pages
Format: Paperback
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Cover of Eye Contact by Fergus McNeillIf you look him in the eye, you’re dead. From the outside, Robert Naysmith is a successful businessman, handsome and charming. But for years he’s been playing a deadly game. He doesn’t choose his victims. Each is selected at random – the first person to make eye contact after he begins ‘the game’ will not have long to live. Their fate is sealed. When the body of a young woman is found on Severn Beach, Detective Inspector Harland is assigned the case. It’s only when he links it to an unsolved murder in Oxford that the police begin to guess at the awful scale of the crimes. But how do you find a killer who strikes without motive?
Length: 352 pages
Format: Hardback
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Cover of Red Ribbons by Louise PhillipsA missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair. Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave – her body identically arranged. The police call in criminal psychologist, Kate Pearson, to get inside the mind of the murderer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers about the killings, the more it all feels terrifyingly familiar. As Kate Pearson, begins to unravel the truth, danger is closer than she knows…
Length: 416 pages
Format: Paperback
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Cover of Breed by Chase NovakAlex and Leslie Twisden told each other they would do anything to have children. The price didn’t matter. But the experimental procedure they found had costs they couldn’t foresee. Adam and Alice Twisden’s lives seem perfectly normal. Except that, every night, without fail, their parents lock them into their rooms. And the twins know that the sounds they can hear are not just their imagination. They’re real. And they’re getting louder…
320 pages
Format: Paperback
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Cover of The Killing House by Chris MooneyRule #1: Don’t scream. Four years ago, Theresa Herrera’s ten-year-old-son Rico was abducted from his home. The police found little evidence and the case went cold. Theresa’s husband has told her to move on, but she won’t give up hope. Rule #2: Don’t call the police. Today a mysterious woman invaded Theresa’s home and told her that Rico is alive. Theresa talks on the phone to a young man who is, without question, her son. Rule #3: Don’t run. Don’t fight. The woman promises to reunite Theresa with Rico only if she will follow the rules. But it is the last rule that fills Theresa with horror … Rule #4: Kill your husband and your husband will live. Malcolm Fletcher—a former FBI profiler and now the nation’s Most Wanted fugitive—arrives in Colorado to help Theresa and her husband find their son. But his arrival coincides with a dangerous and shocking twist in the case. Barely surviving his first encounter with a suspect, Fletcher embarks on his own secret investigation, with the police just behind him every step of the way. Join Fletcher on his hunt and discover Chris Mooney’s charismatic new series character in one of this year’s most impressive new thriller series. Behind every door in The Killing House, death awaits you.
448 pages
Format: Paperback
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Have you read any of these five? Which books have made it to your Halloween/autumn wishlist? :)


  1. says

    Hey Vicky! These sound awesome, particularly the first three. I am buried in an Agatha Christie at the moment, but winter is the perfect time for some creepier crime stories. I have a soft spot for Scandinavian crime fiction, so I might have to dig some more of that out!
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    • says

      Oh yes, Agatha Christie’s books are great too! I don’t think I’ve read any Scandinavian crime yet, even though I keep meaning to do so. Do you have any favourites?

      • says

        I started with Henning Mankell’s Wallander books, which are quite grim and typical of the genre, and Kurt Wallander is an interesting main character. (I think Faceless Killers is the first in the series.) Other than that: Camilla Lackberg, Hakan Nesser, and Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, who wrote some of the Swedish crime classics! :)

    • says

      Oh, Frankenstein’s great! A friend of mine *cough* Vera *cough* insisted on seeing the stage version a few months ago and it was v. good!!

      I’ll have to check out your review of The Hounding!

      • says

        Ah, that sounds good. Just the sheer volume of these classics scare me but I will it pick it up sooner rather than later. The Hounding was amazing if you like Sherlock Holmes kinds of mysteries and it’s currently free on Amazon. :)

  2. says

    Steve Mosby is definitely someone who know how to write a creepy book. Have you read something from Cody McFadyen? His style felt a bit similar to Mosby and I enjoyed his first book :) You might want to take a look at this work if you don’t know him.

    The killing house sounds good.

    We don’t celebrate Halloween here (Netherlands), but we have some friends and there is always a party there. Everybody dresses up into something creepy and we make a house where we scare the crap out of children :p (and sometimes even adults) haha. The children love it! They always say that we are their favorite place every year ^^ Don’t know why I tell this, but heeeey, I like to ramble.
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  3. says

    I’m a HUGE fan of crime fiction as well! All of these are new to me (except Breed, which I already own but haven’t read yet).

    All of these books sounds awesome. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for Red Ribbons, & Eye Contact!
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