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Spine-Tingling Reads

See what I did there? ;) I'm making my way through a new book right now, and my speed reading has been a little hampered by work and life. In the meantime, I'm excited to introduce a few spooky reads! Written by three fabulous female authors, these books, all released in 2020, take very different approaches to the thriller and horror genres.

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an award winning, Mexican-born author, currently living in Canada. Her newest novel, Mexican Gothic, is a supernatural tale about a young debutante, Noemí Taboada, who travels to the High Place, a house in the Mexican countryside, to rescue her newly-wed cousin from an "unspecified doom." A haunting yet alluring house, an unusual cast of secret-weilding family members, and deep, dark mysteries await Noemí as she arrives at the High Place, and she "may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind." I love a haunted house story!

The Low, Low Woods

Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties and In The Dream House is no stranger to the horror genre. Her writing, which has garnered wide critical praise and an absolute boatload of awards, often sits at the intersection of science fiction, horror and reality. Her new graphic novel, The Low, Low Woods, is set in Shudder-To-Think, Pennsylvania, where a "mysterious illness...eats away at the memories of those affected by it." Protagonists El and Vee, the newest victims of this disease, take it upon themselves to solve the mystery plaguing the town, and end up discovering more "dark truth" than they had anticipated. I am new to the graphic novel genre but this looks like a fun read! Definitely a totally different reading experience.

None Shall Sleep

A fun YA pick to add to the mix! I just love the tagline for this book: "The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie in this riveting psychological thriller about two teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down juvenile serial killers." Author Ellie Marney, an award-winning writer of YA crime and thriller novels, has taken her profession to the next level. She's visited mortuaries and interviewed autopsy specialists, ensuring she's nailed every gory detail in her books. Her newest work, None Shall Sleep, follows teenagers Emma and Travis as they work alongside the FBI to provide insight on juvenile killers and dig up details on cold cases. When they're called to an active case for a serial killer who hunts teenagers, their skills are put to the test.

TBH I cannot pick which one I want to dig into first. I have so many books on my plate this month that I might need to get choosy! What are your favorite horror novels? I'm always on the hunt for a good scare!

Happy reading and I hope you're all staying safe and warm as the temperatures drop!


P.S. Cover image with lots of other great horror pics from Bookish!

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