As a genre reader who needs romance in her books, picking a few reads for Halloween is hard! Is there such a thing as horror romance with a happy ever after?!
Last year I read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell and it seriously creeped me out. I couldn’t find any that fit the creepy romance vibe – so, I’ve narrowed it down to three random books. I’ll post a review for the one I end up reading and who knows maybe I’ll end up reading all three?
I’ll be honest, my spooky read knowledge is weak! I prefer books with a little fantasy and magic – so if you have a spooky rec you’d think I’d enjoy, let me know in the comments.
Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan
Sixteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfrann, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for generations, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains. As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. And when Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Author’s Website: http://deirdresullivanbooks.com/ (not currently active)
Dark Matter a Ghost Story by Michelle Paver
A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.
January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he’s offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken.
But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice. Stay or go. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return – when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible.
And Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark…
Publisher: UK edition Orion
Author’s Website: https://www.michellepaver.com/
Hocus Pocus the sequel By: A. W. Jantha Illustrated By: Matt Griffin
Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.
Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest vile scheme.
Author’s Website: N/A