16 Spooky Books to Read in October

It’s officially spooky season! With a little over two weeks until Halloween I am doing my best to get into the holiday spirit by watching a few spooky shows & reading a few spooky books! I always love reading atmospheric books with each season and there’s nothing better than a good thriller in the fall! If you’re looking for a good book to get you into the Halloween spirit (or if you just want a good book to read this fall), I’ve got you covered! I’m rounding up 16 books that are a good mix of suspenseful, creepy & a little bit scary. Each one is perfect to read while curled up under a cozy blanket. Happy reading!

spooky books to read in october

16 spooky books to read this fall

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
If you’re looking for a classic ghost story, look no further! I plan on re-reading this in anticipation of the Netflix adaption coming later this month!

Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly
An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller. I have heard this is a fantastic, albeit graphic and creepy, book. I’m hoping to read it before the end of the month, if I don’t get too scared!

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
If you liked The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, definitely pick up this book! This book is unputdownable and has a great supernatural element to it, perfect for this time of year.

No Exit by Taylor Adams
A brilliant, edgy thriller that will make you never want to stop at a rest stop ever again. I read this one in 24 hours last year!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
If you like true crime, go ahead and add this book to your list ASAP, I promise you won’t regret it! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this book – I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened!

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter is a master story teller and this book doesn’t disappoint! Two tragedies happen 28 years apart and the way they are intertwined makes for a fantastic, twisty read. This one is a bit graphic though, be warned!

The Last Flight by Julie Clark
A suspenseful, atmospheric book that follows two women looking to disappear and start over. But, not everything is always as it appears and one woman will have to learn that the hard way!

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Are you a true crime podcast junkie? Grab this book, if so! A podcaster decides to cover a rape trial as it’s happening – but the case has more to it than everyone originally thought and it’s hiding a much deeper secret.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Sun Down Motel is rundown and many secrets are lurking within its walls and it’s rooms. This one was a fantastic read and I loved the paranormal aspect of this book! 

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Jack and Grace have the perfect life, perfect marriage, and perfect home, but looks can be deceiving. Without giving anything away, this is a spine tingling thriller!

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
This is easily one of my favorite books & I love recommending it to people because it’s so captivating! It had me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing the entire time! I suggest going into it blind. 

Final Girls by Riley Sager
This is the perfect fast-paced, twisty thriller for an October read! Riley Sager has this gift of creating characters and atmospheres that are so believable and relatable! This one is on my list to read this month!

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years. This is a dark story, with a lot of twists!

The Chain by Adrian McKinty
The Chain is an elaborate concept and one that is downright bone chilling to anyone that’s a parent. Don’t break the chain or your child could be next. 

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Thriller and suspense novels have been my go-to genre during quarantine and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. What starts off as a kidnapping turns out to be so much more. This book, like the title claims, is full of secrets and twists!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I have never read an Agatha Christie book! This one has come highly recommended and it sounds promising! It’s a classic “whodunit” mystery!


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  1. Carri wrote:

    These seem like great books! I love spooky books, they’re (to me) even better than scary movies! Xx.

    Posted 10.13.20 Reply
  2. Cheryl wrote:

    What an awesome post! I love And Then There Were None & The Kind Worth Killing. I think I’d love to add The Night Swim and The Good Daughter to my list.

    Posted 10.13.20 Reply
  3. Lizzie wrote:

    Ooo these all sound so good! I need to pick up one of these. It’s the perfect time!


    Posted 10.13.20 Reply
  4. rebecca wrote:

    i LOVE Rebecca for obvious reasons!! And Behind Closed Doors was such a creepy book. I almost hated reading it!

    Posted 10.13.20 Reply
  5. Rachel wrote:

    Behind Closed Doors looks so good! I will 100% be picking this up on my next trip to the book store.


    Posted 10.13.20 Reply
  6. What a perfect round up to get in the spooky, Halloween spirit!

    Posted 10.13.20 Reply
  7. outboxpr wrote:

    Hi Emily, I have one more that you might like that has just been released. Genesis by Author Anne Schlea, it’s a paranormal thriller. Perfect for Halloween! Let me know if you are interested! Thank you!

    Posted 10.14.20 Reply
  8. I don’t get around to reading much but I love the idea of having themed reads to match times of the year. These sound like promising options! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 10.14.20 Reply
  9. Stephanie wrote:

    Oh boy! I do NOT do well with anything even remotely spooky/scary. The most suspense I’ll be doing this month is Halloweentown/Hocus Pocus for movies and Vicious for a book. But for those who can handle the terror haha – these are great!

    Posted 10.14.20 Reply
  10. Laura Leigh wrote:

    count me out haha! I absolutely cannot hang with spooky, thriller, scary, or suspenseful books – I am such a baby! but what a great list for those that love them time of year!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Posted 10.15.20 Reply
  11. Marlene wrote:

    What a fun list! I don’t typically read spooky books but just might this season!

    Posted 10.18.20 Reply
  12. Kristina wrote:

    I’ve only read Behind Closed Doors out of this list but it was SOO good!

    Posted 10.20.20 Reply
  13. Ally wrote:

    Lots of great choices! I read Behind Closed Doors and really enjoyed that one.

    Posted 10.26.20 Reply

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