Spine-Tingling Thrillers for Spooktober!

spooktacular reads

Well, I don’t know about you, but this time of year definitely makes me drawn to creepier reads. Now, I don’t tend to gravitate towards horror, but a good thriller is right up my street. And having stalked a few lately, I figured I’d share a fast and fun list… before the authorities catch up with me 😉

lock every door

Lock Every Door– in the last couple of months, I’ve quickly become a fan of Riley Sager (as you’ll notice from this list)- and for good reason! I was locked in place with this modern gothic novel. Prepare yourself for a creepilicious, entertaining and addicting read!

death of mrs westaway

The Death of Mrs Westaway- in a similar vein, if you’re looking for a thriller with a claustrophobic feel, look no further! This modern take on Rebecca will lead you to familiar and unfamiliar territory. Expect the unexpected from Ruth Ware’s masterful retelling.

ice twins

Ice Twins– moving north now, this excellent atmospheric read will get you in the mood for winter. Warning: may cause a shiver to run down your spine.

last time I lied

The Last Time I Lied– I read a lot of thrillers last month and this slightly-summery mystery was my favourite! Set after the disappearance of three teenage girls, with an unreliable narrator trying to piece together what happened to them, this will take you down a dangerous path to a killer plot twist!


Gone Girl– speaking of twists, if you haven’t read this already, seriously why not?! This husband vs wife drama is the perfect book for *Spooktober* if you haven’t read it yet!

suitable lie

Suitable Lie– looking for a good domestic noir? Then I have the book for you- this moving and melancholic read will show you dark secrets that can lurk behind closed doors. Rather than taking you a million miles away, this one hits close to home.

mountain in my shoe

Mountain in my shoe– another book filled with realism, this wonderfully written thriller will draw you in and persistently nudge away at you until you turn the last page.


Nemesis– for something a little different, there are some strong YA thrillers. This series is by far one of the more memorable books I read as a teen. Pacey and brilliantly executed, this story does not relent from the awakening of the first page!

dark matter

Dark Matter– another book that’s more action-based, this is a blend of sci fi and thrillers. With a sprinkling of interesting themes along the way. Provoking some fascinating discussions, this time-bending book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


You– of course, if you are looking for a different kind of terror, then this horrifying reflection on social media is GUARANTEED to freak you out. You’ve been warned 😉

So have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

46 thoughts on “Spine-Tingling Thrillers for Spooktober!

  1. I love this post so much I want to hug it! :p Give me creepy any day!
    I LOVED The Ice Twins. It’s chilling! A Suitable Lie remains my big favorite. So dark, so beautiful, tragic, and just brilliant! I really wanna read Dark Matter!!! Oooh I love fall and the creepy reads! xx

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    1. thank you so much!! 😀 ❤
      I really loved it too!! I think I discovered it on your blog now I think about it! And suitable lie as well! Both were brilliant- so thank you for the recommendations!! ❤ Oh really recommend it!! me too!! 😀 xx

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  2. I haven’t read Gone Girl yet, I’ll admit it. I don’t usually go for standard thrillers, so while it’s on my TBR it has never made it to the top of the pile. (I also don’t own it, so I have to wait for the library also.)

    Dark Matter, though, that’s near the top of the TBR (and I own it), so I’ll be reading it soon!

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      1. Thanks! I’ve been wanting to read Dark Matter, and I am in the middle of a novelette by Crouch so I’ve gotten to test-drive his writing style. I like it so far, so I’m going to bump Dark Matter up the TBR list!


  3. Usually if my spine is tingling it means I’ve been sitting in the car for too long.
    I don’t go out of my way to read these kinds of books. I don’t like horror and I don’t need to be scared. That said, I have read a couple of these,and will usually give them a go when they’re recommended (and I’m strapped). But I’m an insomniac, which means I’m up reading alone in the dark…not exactly a great way to convince myself to fall asleep.

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    1. hahahaha!
      That’s totally fair- I don’t usually like to be scared either, so these are milder than most people’s taste and I guess I’ve got more into them over time (though admittedly I mostly read them in broad daylight or with all the lights on 😉 ) hehe I can understand that, cos I’m an insomniac too (and some of these books realllly didn’t help- especially Sager, who I keep accidentally reading late and night, get hooked and then realise he’s freaking me out so I can’t sleep!) (I clearly make great life choices 😉 )


  4. It’s funny, I find it really hard to get into reading thrillers, but love watching them. I am very curious to read You. It’s such a disturbing concept and I want to see how the book compares to the show, so I might give that one a chance.

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  5. The cover of EVERY SINGLE BOOK HERE IS SOO FUCKING AWESOMEE!!! 😍❤️❤️ And although I haven’t read Gone Girl yet, I have heard AMAZING things about it and I AM SOOO LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IT ASAP! Saaameeee with anything by Ruth Ware! 😍😍❤️❤️👻👻👻👻

    GREAT LIST!! 👻👻👻❤️❤️

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  6. Thrillers aren’t a genre that I usually read, but I have been debating lately to pick some up from the library. Thank you for the recommendations, I’ll definitely be checking these out (if I decided to read thrillers that is). 😀

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  7. Great post! I am not a fan of horror AT ALL! However, (shameless plug) I am reviewing tales from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on I Literary Can’t!


  8. I love reading more spooky/thriller books during this time of the year, too. I keep seeing mixed reviews for Riley Sager’s writing. I’ll have to check one of her books out & a couple others on this list, too. The only one I’ve read so far is You… such a good one, isn’t it?!


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