If You Like This, Read That

Spooky season is upon us. It’s the middle of October, the fog is creeping in, pumpkins and their spice are everywhere, the leaves are falling.


Nothing could be more terrifying than 2020, but some of these books come close. Whether you like to curl up with a good mystery or like to be engrossed in a thriller, here are five books you might’ve read, and five you probably haven’t.


For the True Crime Obsessed:


Michelle McNamara’s 2013 Los Angeles magazine article, which was the catalyst for her book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark investigates the then unknown Golden State Killer, former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo. Formerly known as the “East Area Rapist,” McNamara is credited with coining the name “The Golden State Killer.” McNamara, who passed away in 2016, did not get to see the arrest of one of America’s most notorious serial rapist and killer. Her book was published in 2018, two years after her death, and months before an arrest was made.


One of the countless cases that has not been solved however, are the yogurt shop murders.


Beverly Lowry’s 2017 book Who Killed These Girls? is a true story about the 1991 rape and murder of four young girls. Known as the yogurt shop murders, the deaths of Amy Ayers, Eliza Thomas, Jennifer Harbison, and Sarah Harbison in Austin, Texas is still an open case. Lowry’s book is named after a billboard that asked the same question months after the murders. Lowry’s book narrates the stories of the countless people involved in a case that has remained cold for over 20 years.


If You Like Urban Ghost Stories Meets Literature:


NOS4A2 by Joe Hill follows a mysterious car with a dark history. Children get in the car, and they never get out. For the urban horror lover, Hill weaves together a world where the most ordinary things, such as a car and a bicycle turn into tools for the extraordinary, and the extraordinary-awful.


Slade House by David Mitchell follows a mysterious house throughout the decades, where many guests come to stay, but few leave.


Mitchell, most known for his books The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas, builds a world inside a mysterious house, telling its story through the decades from the point of view of a range of unsuspecting visitors.

For the Classic Mystery Fan:


If Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None kept you up at night, Fred Ven Lente’s homage to the queen of mystery—and simultaneously a harsh critique of modern-day show business—Ten Dead Comedians will thrill and trick you.


Both books have the quintessential locked, isolated house trope Christie mastered. Ven Lente’s clever and modern take on the timeless trope offers readers both clever and raw critique about the state of the entertainment industry, and an escape to a mysterious island you will want to leave. Trust no one, lock your door, and prepare for goosebumps.


For the Stephen King Lover:


Both the book and movie versions of The Shining are horror classics. That’s it, the end, there’s really nothing else to say. But have you read The Chestnut Man?


Written by the creator of the TV show The Killing, Soren Sveistrup’s debut novel is getting turned into a Netflix series. Following two hardened investigators who are slowly unravelling a string of murders, each more horrible than the last, the pressure is on when a finger print is found on a chestnut man doll found at the scene of the crime. The fingerprint belongs to a girl that went missing the year before.