We’re not big Halloween people. The most we do is taking the kids to the school’s Fall Festival so they get at least one chance to dress up and get some candy. But our kids look more forward to our dinner+movie theater Thanksgiving tradition than trick or treating.
Whether you’re like this too or you decorate your whole house with bats and skulls, I think most book nerds can appreciate a good spooky read. The kind that makes you hold your breath or at the very least ask “what in the world…” ‘til you gasp at the end.
Scary/awesomely weird stories happen to be my favorite kind, and I have my top 3 suggestions for you! These disturb me in the BEST way. Because, you know, you can be disturbed and just stay disturbed. All you have to do is watch the news.
I don’t like it when an author tries to make me the most miserable/disgusted they can. That is so not what these authors do. Their freaky plots actually have a point—either to make you think about deeper issues or even if just entertain you by keeping you guessing, but not simply depress you for its own sake.
Now let’s go to specifics. If you’re looking for…
…a good whodunnit
You can’t go wrong with the queen of crime, Agatha Christie. I’ve read quite a few of her novels but the very first one I read—“And Then There Were None”—is still my favorite.
It’s the story of ten people, each with a secret of either a bad decision they made or a flat out crime they committed. Without knowing each other, they’re all invited stay at a mansion in a remote island. To their surprise, their host isn’t there to receive them. But now they can’t leave the island, and as every one of their pasts is exposed, one by one starts to die. (Have I freaked you out yet? :)
…an out-worldly mystery
Halloween has to be the best time of the year to enjoy a good puzzle-story with more than just a logical explanation. James L. Rubart does a fantastic job at tying the whole thing together in a way that actually fits in our minds.
In “Rooms”, young executive Micah Tayler receives an odd twenty-five-year-old letter. It says a great uncle he never knew left him a huge beach house. As Micah spends his weekends there and even flirts with a neighbor, weird things start happening to the house, which turns out to be a manifestation of himself, in a spiritual sense. The story gets even more interesting when what he does to the house changes his reality in the “outside” world. Definitely worth a read if you like mysteries as well as pondering on life’s deepest questions!
…a psychological thriller
Thr3e by Ted Dekker was one of those books that kept my heart racing from the very first page to the last. A lot of chasing to save someone (or several someones) from death, or keep up with a maniac bringing chaos everywhere. But don’t confuse this for a car-chasing tale with no depth: this has TONS of deep analogies. Each of the characters is so complex that you’ll have just as much fun figuring them out as trying to guess who the killer is.
The main character Kevin Parson is a guy who tries really hard to be a good person. He thinks he’s doing great until he receives a phone call saying that if he doesn’t confess his worst secret to the world, people will start to die. Problem is, he has no idea what they’re talking about. It’s a GREAT book about how we can consider ourselves good or bad, and how there’s always more than meets the eye.
What about you? What will you be doing—or reading—this Halloween weekend? Let me know in the comments!