It is Halloween season which means it is time to curl up with your Pumpkin Spice Latte and a great spooky tale just for “mummies”. Halloween is not just about Trick or Treating and cute little costumes. After your kids watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, it’s time for you to devour a great book along with your child’s Halloween candy! Warning: you might want to keep the lights on for these mysteries and psychological thrillers!
Spooky Tales for Mummies: A Halloween Themed Reading List
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1. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
This book had me hooked from the very beginning and stayed with me long after I finished. Annie is abducted and held captive for over a year. The story of her time with her captor and eventual escape is harrowing. As the reader, you know that she was kidnapped and escaped from the very beginning. But you are sucked in as Annie relays the story to her psychiatrist. Most importantly, there is a twist and it is a doozy!
2. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
I seriously cannot believe that this suspenseful tale was the author’s first novel. Christine has extreme memory loss in which she loses her memory every time she falls asleep. She is cared for by her husband, who has the task of explaining their life to her every morning. Only, is everything her husband is telling her the truth? What happened to her to cause her to lose her memory? You may question everything and everyone you know while reading this novel and become more than a little worried before falling asleep yourself!
3. The Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman
Anyone else totally freaking out about the return of The Walking Dead? I am completely obsessed with the show and while I know that there are comics based on the series, I do not want any spoilers! However, I am in luck! The creator, Robert Kirkman, also developed a series of novels based on the popular television how.
Before there was Neegan, the group of zombie apocalypse survivors encountered another villain of a different sort, The Governor. This first novel of the series takes you back to a time before the apocalypse and explains how the governor came to be so…nasty. In true show fashion, there is a surprise ending!
4. The Woman in Cabin 10
The main character of this mystery is not necessarily someone you might hang out with in real life. She appears to be an alcoholic battling mental illness. Thus, she is not the most reliable source as a narrator. Lo goes on a cruise for her job (not a bad gig!) She swears she sees a woman being tossed overboard on the first night, but nobody believes her! I am not saying you should or should not believe her, but you will at least have fun trying to solve this mystery along with her.
5. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Heidi is always one to help someone in need, but she shocks her husband and daughter when she brings home a young woman and her four-month-old infant one day. Is this young woman dangerous or are Heidi’s motives not as pure as they seem? This is not a fast-paced thriller. Rather the author slowly unravels the plot like slowly removing a wayward thread from an old sweater…or baby blanket.
6. Primal Fear by William Diehl
I love a good courtroom drama and this one is an oldie, but goodie. Martin Vail is a hot-shot attorney defending a young man accused of killing an Archbishop. The accused was caught standing over the archbishop, so it appears to be an open-and-shut case. However, everything is definitely not as it appears. The plot is so full of twists and turns that there was a movie made based on this book starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton. In other words, there is action, intrigue, and drama of the top order.
7. The Likeness by Tana French
Officer Cassie Maddox is called to a crime scene one night and is startled to see that the victim looks exactly like her. In order to solve the case, she goes undercover as the victim and takes over her life. As much as she wants to find the killer, she becomes so immersed in this other girl’s life that she contemplates assuming the victim’s identity…permanently.
8. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
Grace’s daughter, Jenny, gets trapped inside her school when it is set afire. Mom rushes to her daughter’s rescue, but both are seriously injured. While both remain in a coma, they are able to “talk” to one another. They try to solve the mystery of whom the arsonist may be while simultaneosly fighting for their lives. It is both suspenseful and a tribute to the bond between mother and child.
9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Thomas wakes up in a lift with no memory of how he got there. He discovers that he is in a camp of sorts with other kids, surrounded by a maze that it is filled with all kinds of creatures that go “bump” in the night. This is no corn maze like the one at your local harvest festival. This place is scary and will keep you right at the edge of your sofa from page one. Think Hunger Games, but with a boy…and a maze.
10. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
If you like to bring out your witchy side on Halloween, this is the book for you. This is the story of poor, misunderstood Elphaba, otherwise known as “The Wicked Witch of the West.” You should never judge a book by it’s cover or a witch by her green skin. Whether you are a good witch or bad, you cannot help but to love this book. It makes you want to hop on your broomstick and stir up some trouble with your flying monkeys.
Have you read any of these spooky tales? What are your favorite scary stories? Please comment and share below!