Autumn is the perfect time of year to sit down with a good mystery or thriller novel. With the weather getting colder, the night getting longer and Halloween fast approaching, who wouldn’t love to settle down with a dark and mysterious read? Here are my top 5 picks for mystery and thriller novels to read to get you in the mood for Fall.
1. The Silent Girls (2014)
The world of fiction is saturated with formulaic mystery novels but Eric Rickstad does a fantastic job of creating an eerie, exciting and unique detective story. The opening scene details a creepy murder that happened on Halloween night several years ago. The story then follows retired detective, Frank Rath who is tasked with helping solve the murder of a young woman found in the trunk of her car on the side of the road. As Rath and other investigators work to solve the case, they encounter twists and turns regarding these two murders that will surprise both the characters and the reader. On top of that, demons from Rath’s past return to haunt him and his adopted niece, Rachel. The Silent Girls will leave you wanting more which is good news because the sequel, The Names of The Dead Girls, was just released.
2. Slade House (2015)
David Mitchell is an accomplished author with titles, Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks on his resume. His 2015 novel, Slade House is a haunting and unique ghost story. Every decade in October a mysterious black iron door appears in an alley way behind a particular pub in London. Once visitors open the door and find themselves inside Slade House, they soon realize they won't ever be allowed to leave. The book spans several decades and details the hopes, dreams, and personalities of the soon-to-be victims. As others investigate these unsettling disappearances the stranger the story becomes.
3. The Shining (1980)
Everyone is obsessing over IT right now due to the success of the 2017 film adaptation. However, I find that fall is a good time of year to revisit one of Stephen King's other masterpieces, The Shining. In case you are unfamiliar with the story, the novel follows Jack Torrance's mental deterioration as he, his wife, and his son are working as caretakers of the Overlook Hotel for the winter season. Paranormal activity and Jack’s own issues haunt the family as they try to survive their time at the hotel. This book is great for those who loved the movie as it provides more insight and detail into the characters and the supernatural presence of the Overlook hotel.
4. Dark Places (2009)
While Gillian Flynn is best known for Gone Girl, her other works are sure to delight those who love a good dark mystery. Dark Places follows Libby, the sole survivor of her family’s murder, as she tries to piece together information about what exactly happened the night her family died. As the book goes on, the reader gets to follow the view points of Libby's family members in flashbacks that lead up to their murder, ramping up the suspense along the way. This book is one hell of a page-turner that provides a dark and creepy feel perfect for the fall season.
5. Palindrome (2016)
Much like The Silent Girls, E.Z. Rinsky brings a fresh perspective to the detective novel. Palindrome features rough-around-the-edges, P.I. Frank Lamb and his hippie new-age partner, Courtney Lavagnino as they are tasked with tracking down a recording on a tape. Not just any tape but a tape that contains proof of what happens to us after we die. Lamb and Lavagnino travel the country, sneaking into mental hospitals, meeting with crime lords and tracking down 12 men who disappeared suddenly, all to find the coveted tape. This story is full of surprises and twists that will keep the reader hooked. If you love the Lamb and Lavagnino duo, you can also check out the sequel, The Binding.
I hope you enjoy these amazing books! Let me know what your favorite book is to read in the Fall in the comments or on social media.
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