By Julie Provost
Guest Blogger

The spooky season is here! We have left summer in the dust and are diving into October. Leaves are falling, the crisp autumn air is here, and Halloween is right around the corner. And what better way to enjoy your fall nights than cuddling up with a book that might scare your socks off?

I love to read and reading with the season is always a fun thing to do. I like nothing better this time of year than to turn on my fireplace, find a cozy blanket, and get to reading something a little spooky. Looking for a new book? Here are 8 thrillers to read this October. Enjoy!


1. Home Before Dark

By Riley Sager

What’s more October than a haunted house? Home Before Dark by Riley Sager takes place at Baneberry Hall, where Maggie, who lived there for three weeks as a child, has inherited the home after her father’s death. Is this house haunted? What is going on?


2. You

By Caroline Kepnes

Reading about a stalker is pretty creepy, but what about reading a book from the stalker’s point of view? You can do just that with You by Caroline Kepnes. When you are done with the book, you can watch the show on Netflix. Season three starts October 15th!


3. Turn of the Key

By Ruth Ware

In Ruth Ware’s Turn of the Key, we hear from the point of view of Rowan, who had accepted a live-in nanny position at Heatherbrae House in the Scottish Highlands. Writing from prison, Rowan tells us the story of what went terribly wrong.


4. Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Noemí Taboado comes to her cousin’s aid in the Mexican Countryside. The house, High Place, is anything but normal. In Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, we find ​​Noemí arriving in a home that seems to have a spooky mind of its own.


5. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

By Grady Hendrix

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix takes place in 1990s Charleston, where a woman’s book club tries to make sense of a mysterious stranger who moves into the neighborhood. What is he truly doing there?


6. The Sundown Motel

By Simone St. James

Forget about a haunted house, what about a haunted rundown roadside model? The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James goes back and forth between what happened back in 1982 to Viv Delaney and present-day where her niece is trying to find out what really went on all these years later.


7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

By Alvin Schwartz

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz has been around since the 80s. These short spooky stories will haunt adults for kids and adults alike.


8. The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a classic spooky thriller. If you have seen the Netflix TV series, the book is a bit different. Instead of a family, four strangers stay at the house and encounter all sorts of scary things. There are also a couple movies based on the book.


Enjoy your October and pick up one of these thrillers to start off the season right. You will be glad you did.


About Julie

Julie Provost has been a Military Spouse for 15 years, is a freelance writer, and owner of the blog, Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life. She lives near Fort Campbell with her National Guard husband and three boys. In her free time she loves to read all the books, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends. You can find her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


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