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My Favourite ‘Scary’ Books

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of horror because it frankly terrifies me and not in the exhilarating way fans of the genre describe it. So I’ve decided to compile a list of 4 books that scared me in a bearable way for all of the non-horror fans out there.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

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10 strangers are summoned to an island, where each has a secret that may or not be their demise.

The older writing and gothic-esque feel make this book decidedly creepy, and the twist caught me completely unawares. A thriller for fans of Agatha Christie and mysteries alike.

Fans of this book may find a watching of the 1985 movie romp Clue to be a good pairing.

(*Book cover photo from goodreads.com)

2. The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (2009)

A college freshmen needs to get away from her life at NYU and decides to reside in her father’s Northern Canada cottage, a desolate location that painted the picture in my head of an area around the Muskoka region.

The sheer isolation of this locale, compared to the bustling New York life that the protagonist is accustomed to, feels claustrophobic and eerie throughout the entirety of the book. The feeling is almost The Cabin in the Woods-esque (from what I hear about the movie), but with much less horror.

3. The Diviners by Libba Bray (2012)

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In roaring 1920’s New York City, Evie O’Neill becomes embroiled in the world of the supernatural and occult as a serial killer is roaming the streets. The twist? Evie is what becomes known as a ‘Diviner’, an individual with a supernatural gift, in her case she can see what’s happened by touching objects.

I don’t want to say too much more, because I want people to read the book without spoilers. I will say that the character of Naughty John absolutely haunted me and kept me up late enough to finish the book so I could find out what happened.

4. Variant by Robison Wells (2011)

Teenager Benson Fisher is sent to the mystery-shrouded Mayfield Academy that is quite literally located in the middle of nowhere. It’s here where gang wars occur between the classmates and the mystery of the entire Academy is called into question.

The action of this book had me gripping the edge of my seat, but I would consider the ‘scariness’ factor of the book to be more centred on the wonderfully written suspense sequences.

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