Feature Image Credit: @whatalyssareads
It’s fall, and that means more than just a drop in temperature and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s also time to get spooked with haunted houses, ghost stories and scary shows. We absolutely love Caroline Kepnes’ You series, so after (or before!) you binge the third season of You on Netflix, crack open any of these ten books to keep the creeps coming.
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurlan
Chloe appears to be a typical college freshman—but looks can be deceiving. She spends her spare time taking yogalates, going to frat parties, and …participating in a study for psychopaths. Enrolled in her college as part of a group of psychopaths closely monitored by a device, as well as her psychology professor, she can’t get into any trouble, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. When one of her fellow group members is found murdered, Chloe’s savage side flares up and things escalate quickly. As the students start to spiral, Chloe has to choose between trusting her instincts, or taking a gamble on her classmates.
The Class Reunion by N.L. Hinkens
Heather is a successful PI living in Los Angeles, far away from where she grew up in Iowa. She hasn’t been home in over ten years, but made a snap decision to attend her class reunion. Just as she and her old gal pals begin to reminisce over dinner, a surprise flower delivery shows up at their table. Although taken off guard by the cryptic message, “you deserve to die,” they pass it off as some sort of sick joke. But when each of the ladies starts to have near-death experiences, they confide in Heather and ask for her professional help. What they don’t know is that Heather is holding back a sinister secret of her own.
The Girl They Took by Leslie Wolfe
FBI agent Tess Winnett is facing one of the most mysterious cases to date. In a crowded theater full of people during a children’s play, eight-year-old Paige disappears without a trace. Not one person recalls seeing anything suspicious, which only makes the situation direr as the clock ticks. While investigating, a lead comes in that Paige’s father, the state district attorney, is behind the kidnapping. With each moment that passes, pressure from people wanting answers, combined with leads coming in that point to an organized crime, Tess has to act quickly before Paige is gone for good.
The Secret Talker by Geling Yan
Glen is the ideal American husband: he’s caring, smart, and does well financially. His Chinese wife Hongmei is beautiful, yet passive, and they’ve reached a crossroads in their relationship. Lately, their communication has consisted of sticky notes on the refrigerator, with very little conversation. So, when Hongmei receives an email from a mystery admirer, she feels compelled to write back, which leads to a steamy emotional affair. As they become closer, dark secrets start to emerge, sending Hongmei into a state of desperation. As she searches for answers, she can feel her marriage crumble underneath her.
A Friend Like That by Marissa Finch
Not quite ready to face reality, Alice spends her days drinking at a low-key pub in Manhattan. She’s just been fired from her job at the Grant Hotel and hasn’t been ready to talk about it—until Taylor walks into the bar. The two become fast friends, and Alice confides in her that reason she was terminated was due to an assault from a wealthy hotel guest named Weston Charles. When Taylor suggests that they kill him, Alice is confident that she’s joking. But when he ends up dead and Taylor goes missing, Alice is named the prime suspect. Frantic and afraid, she must find Taylor before her fate is sealed.
The Third Nanny by Michele Pariza Wacek
The last time Janey heard from her sister Kelly was eight years ago, right before she ran away. After all this time, Janey had given up hope on finding her sister until she received a troublesome letter from her in the mail. However, when Janey tried to contact her, she vanished once again. Determined to get some answers, Janey decides to get a nannying job working for the same family Kelly had worked for in Redemption, Wisconsin. As she starts to uncover clues, she realizes that dangerous secrets are haunting the house and becomes fearful that she might not make it back home alive.
The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams
Ivy Hill has been plagued all of her adult life with traumatic memories from her childhood. Finding it hard to function in day-to-day life, she gets a glimmer of hope when the name of the woman who destroyed her family is revealed. Her name is Lola, and she has it all – looks, money and a gorgeous husband. Hungry for revenge, Ivy finds ways to insert herself into Lola’s inner circle, to eventually make her pay for what she did. But when her plan to seduce Lola’s husband spirals out of control, she realizes that she might be the one that ends up paying the ultimate price.
The Vacation by M.M. Chouinard
Thanksgiving is a time for family and gratitude, but this group has brought more than just physical baggage on this trip. Brandon is riddled with guilt for cheating on his wife Rose, and he’s turned to drinking as a way to cope. Meanwhile, the scenery is reminding Rose of her childhood, which sends chills up her spine. In the background, Rose’s sister-in-law is enamored with her niece, heartbroken that she hasn’t been able to have a child of her own. So, when three-year-old Lily vanishes, the finger-pointing begins. One of them took her, and someone will have to confess before things take an even darker turn.
You Can Run by Karen Cleveland
When CIA analyst Jill Bailey gets a phone call that someone has taken her son, she will obviously do anything to get him back. Desperate and panicked, she knows that time is of the essence when it comes to kidnapping. With hard-hitting journalist Alex Charles investigating, an anonymous tip comes in that has the potential of revealing so much more than the location of Jill’s precious boy. As Alex and Jill work together to find her son and uncover hidden truths, an unthinkable secret slips, revealing an underground conspiracy that will crack the case wide open and make them question everything.
Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon
One night in December, Autumn’s twin sister takes a walk to the roof of their brownstone and never comes back. To add to the mystery, the roof door is locked and there’s only one set of footprints in the snow. With no apparent explanation, the police let the case grow cold. Autumn decides to take matters into her own hands, knowing that her sister deserves to be treated as more than just another missing Black woman. With the help of her community, she starts to realize that many others have faced similar situations, which makes her even more determined to find out what happened to Summer.