Halloween will soon be here and so is selecting that one spooktacular read for your book club that everyone will hopefully agree on. A novel that will maybe scare your group to death. Okay, maybe just a little. These type of books, classic horror, Gothic fiction, suspense, thrillers, mystery, can mean many different things on the fright spectrum. Half of your book friends may be uneasy about the idea of ghoulish reads while the other half want to go full steam ahead and pick something like a Stephen King novel.
There are a variety of spine-chilling reads to choose from and you don't have to go full on The Exorcist to get the morbid effect point across. For example, mystery novels are always welcomed and safe territory. Authors like, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Elizabeth Peters and Agatha Christie wrote books that are very popular to the public and rightly so. These books appeal to the masses with their quick wit, engaging cast of characters and of course the MYSTERY. If your book club is planning on a Halloween book party for the first time than I highly recommend starting with an Agatha Christie novel. Our group read And Then There Were None by Christie last year and it was murderously fantastic. Those in my book club that are not too keen with older written novels had no problems with her writing style and soon became a fan of her work. Christie's mysteries leave you baffled and bamboozled like a brilliantly written mystery should and she has so many to novels to choose from. On a side note, there is an 'And Then There Were None' BBC television version that was just released on Amazon Video that did the book pure justice. A must see after you've read the novel of course! Be forewarned: When reading a mystery it's hard to keep the whodunit a secret so make sure your book club stays mum until your book party.
Classic and Gothic Fiction
Mess with your mind modern day thrillers!
Now that we covered a few popular spooky reads of the past what about the more modern contemporary reads that are not too macabre? Psychological thrillers seem to be all the rave right now and these recently published ones will keep you on your toes and up at night. These novels just so happen to have the word 'girl' in the title and not on purpose by me. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
Whatever genre your book club decides to select do it posthaste! The holiday seasons are upon us so you want to give your book friends plenty of time to choose and start reading. Sound off below and let me know what spooky read your book club will be reading this Halloween. I will start with mine first: The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse
Happy Halloween from The Book Club Blogger!
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