October is the best month of the year to read some spooky, haunting and thrilling books! I started looking into this at the beginning of the month and it fuelled me to want to read nothing but murder mystery YA books. Here is a list of books I think are perfect for Halloween!
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
“Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.”
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.”
This book sounds amazing and the perfect book to read around Halloween. It is highly rated on Goodreads. It is just your traditional YA mystery novel and I cannot wait to pick this up. It is part of a series though so if you are not looking to start another new series I don’t recommend picking this book up.
Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
“Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?”
I am a big fan of Sue Wallman’s books and this is one of the books I am desperate to read before the end of the year. I hear nothing but amazing things about her books and I imagine this one will be no different. An excellent YA mystery book that is perfect to read around Halloween.
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
“Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal.
Now Natasha’s two closest friends, who are usually her loyal sidekicks, are acting strangely. Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before, to help her figure out the mystery.”
I read this book a couple of years ago and it was incredible! I loved the suspense throughout this book and the mystery. It is an excellent YA mystery book, with some spooky elements mixed in. It is a book that I think is perfect for reading around Halloween!
I Stop Somewhere by T.E Carter
“Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.
But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.”
This is another book that sounds excellent. I have been looking for a mystery book like this for a while now and this one seems to be the perfect fit. I will be picking this up before the end of the month and hopefully giving it a read. Another excellent YA mystery book.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
“Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.
Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.”
This book was a big release of last year but I never got round to reading it. It sounds like the perfect book to read around Halloween time. I have heard so many amazing things about this book and I am excited to give it a read.
There you have it, the books I think are perfect for Halloween. Do you have any other Halloween recommendations or have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments!
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Until next time,