Judging books by their covers: Creepy houses & ominous windows

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We scoured the internet to find book covers with creepy houses and ominous windows. With a sense of foreboding and danger within these homes, the bright yellow light from within beckons readers to wonder what in the world is going on behind those windows? Here we are, judging books by covers again – enjoy these selections of creepy houses and ominous windows and find your next favorite book, judging it based on the cover.

Cut and Run by Mary Burton

Medical examiner Faith McIntyre is shocked when she discovers that the unconscious FBI agent who was just injured in a hit-and-run looks identical to her. Macy Crow is the twin sister that Faith never knew she had. As Macy lays unconscious, Faith goes in search of childhood secrets. On an isolated ranch, three women’s bodies have been unearthed, and the missing pieces of Faith’s life start to fall into place.


The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

When Leah loses her job, she runs into her old friend Emmy, who gives her an opportunity she can’t refuse. Leah just has to move to rural Pennsylvania and live with Emmy, who says there are plenty of teaching jobs near her home and the women just have to make sure they keep their pasts in the past. When Emmy disappears and vicious crimes overtake the town, the police call Leah in as the prime suspect. With no trace of Emmy, or any background info on her old friend, can Leah uncover the truth and claim her innocence?


The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley

Cedar Close is a great place to live, where everyone looks out for each other and Laurie can’t wait to get to know her neighbors at the summer barbecue. Later that evening, Laurie discovers not only was her husband having an affair, he is now dead in their bedroom. And while Laurie knows she didn’t kill Robert, she can’t remember what happened up to that point. Which is a problem, because no one in Cedar Close believes her.


Those People by Louise Candlish

In the idyllic neighborhood of Lowland Way, kids play together and all the neighbors get along. It’s the perfect suburb for Darren and Jodie, who have just moved into the house on the corner, although they are not the perfect neighbors. When they start a messy renovation and trash their front yard, a neighborhood war begins. And early one Saturday, a horrifying death in the neighborhood brings out all sorts of accusations. Everyone is hiding something.


The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

A personal favorite of mine, Mary Kubica does it again with this suspenseful page-turner about a small-town murder. Sadie and Will have just moved their family to Maine when they hear that their neighbor has been murdered. As Sadie becomes obsessed with finding out what happened, she also must deal with her niece, Imogen, who is now under their guardianship. But the more she discovers about this mysterious town and its inhabitants, the more she will realize how directly involved she may be in the murder.


The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson

Lucy’s neighbor and best friend, Amber, has it all – a great job, a rich and handsome boyfriend and a glamorous life. But when Amber confides that things aren’t as perfect as they seem, Lucy promises to do what she can, all while trying to keep her own past a secret. While she wants to protect Amber, she also wants to believe that she can trust her own very best friend.


The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard

Jeanine Hammond is dead, and her body was left in a ballerina pose and her wedding ring is missing. Detective Jo Fournier is on the case and looks to Jeanine’s husband first, but she’s sure he’s innocent. Then, another woman is found dead, ring missing and in the same position as Jeanine. There’s a serial killer on the loose and Jo is determined to get to the bottom of the murders before he finds his next victim.


The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

In a moment of despair, when Essie was a new mom, she walked away from her baby who was asleep in her carriage in the park. Nothing bad happened that day, and while Essie got better, she is still fearful even when her daughter is older and a second baby arrives. Then, Isabelle moves in next door and everyone is curious about her. As Essie and Isabelle become close, others around them start to think that Isabelle’s move to the neighborhood was no accident, and that Isabelle is more than what she seems to be.   

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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