Boo-cause Reading Spooktacular October ~ Berls’s Spooky Recs

Posted October 13, 2021 by Berls in Spooktacular / 4 Comments

So if you’ve followed my posts on Because Reading (or even back at Fantasy is More Fun) for a while, you know this girl doesn’t really read horror. I’ve ventured into the genre a handful of times – almost always as a book club read. However, I DO enjoy a good suspense and to me that qualifies as a good Spooky read. So here are my top Suspenseful Spooky Recs.

Book Recommendations for October that are simply Spooktacular!!

These were all 5 star reads that I would consider Thriller/Suspense.

You may note that I listened to all of these and I have to say the narrations definitely added to the experience. Here are the first few lines of each review, which I’m linking so you can check out the rest if you’d like.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware narrated by Imogen Church

Holy shit! Every time I read a book by Ruth Ware I decide it’s my favorite by her. And yeah, it’s true of this one too. So damn good.

Memory Man by David Bladacci narrated by Ron McLarty & Orlagh Cassidy

This was a surprising read for me and not one I would have picked up on my own, I don’t think. It was a book club pick, but I didn’t start it until the day before book club. Well, guess what? I finished it in time for book club. It was that good!

One by One by Ruth Ware narrated by Imogen Church

Wow! Ruth Ware has a perfect score for me – all her books (that I’ve read) are 4 stars or higher. This is my first 5 star read of 2021 and MAY be taking the place of The Woman In Cabin 10 as my favorite Ruth Ware. It is yet another Ruth Ware read where I figured it out mere moments before the reveal. And then I look back and realize it was starring at me, screaming the answer from the get-go. So incredibly clever!

Honorable Mentions

These are all 4/4.5 stars. If you haven’t already picked up on a theme… Ruth Ware & Imogen Church make a fantastic pair and I’d rush to listen to ANY of Ware’s books if you like suspense. I have officially read all her books now. Many of these are series – I’ll note where I’ve read (and liked) the entire series.

Sin With Me by JA Huss & Jonathon McClain

This series (which I’ve read all of and rated each book 4 stars or higher) takes place in Las Vegas and is a mix of delightfully sexy, a bit of dark, and some tricky suspense.

Troublemaker by Linda Howard – I have only read this book in the series so far.

So I've been hearing people rave about Linda Howard for the longest time... but I read a co-authored book of hers about a year ago and it was meh. So it took me a while to go for it again. But then this book came up as a book club read AND I could get it at the library. So that did it. I picked it up. And I really loved it.

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 

I never wrote a review for the second book, but I enjoyed both books. They're not SUPER thrillery but still sort of qualify.

My Beautiful Suicide by Atty Eve

This was a good series but not an easy one to read - it's DARK YA for sure. I found myself drawing frequent comparisons to the TV show Dexter. The narrators switched mid series, which actually worked, even though it did through me off.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware 

Ruth Ware has yet to let me down and In a Dark, Dark Wood is in contention with The Woman in Cabin 10 and One By One for top spot. I think it falls just slightly behind them, simply because there's a hint of sadness that I didn't feel in the others.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

I haven't published my review yet - I wrote on on Goodreads though. I'll get the review up soon hopefully. This was my second Ruth Ware and I loved the way she keeps you anxious and the way she uses setting as basically another character in the story.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I have not read the second book, yet. I do plan to. I am also looking forward to watching the show based on the book, it's on Peacock THIS WEEK and I plan to watch (maybe today).

Do you have any spooktacular suspense book recommendations that you think I should add to my TBR?

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About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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