‘Tis the season for cocooning yourself in snuggly blankets, purchasing any edible goods infused with the flavour of pumpkin, and settling down with a good book, and so to celebrate Halloween, I thought I’d share three book recommendations that range from soft detective mystery thriller, to deeply disturbing; the first of which, being the latter.
I thought it only right to mention We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver first as it’s one of my favourite books of all time. I’d describe it as a compelling narrative of the denouement of the Katchadourian’s tragic story, and the aftermath of Kevin’s school-shooting massacre. It explores Eva’s (Kevin’s mother) reflections on her life before motherhood, throughout motherhood, her relationship with Kevin and whether, in part, she is to take responsibility for her son’s abhorrent final act. If you don’t consider yourself to have an extensive vocabulary, you may find yourself needing to reach for a thesaurus from time to time, but regardless, I think any psychological thriller genre fan would enjoy this book. Without a doubt, this is a harrowing read; thus perfect for Halloween!
The Dry by Jane Harper. This was a recent read of mine, and although I did find that it fell a little stagnant in the middle, it did pick up again and overall, I think this is a good, easy read; particularly because of its simplistically written and easy to follow nature. It concerns itself with the death of the Hadler family; a husband, wife, and their child. Initially, we’re lead to believe that the father murdered his wife and child and then committed suicide, but as detective Falk furthers his investigations, we find that all is not as it seems! If you’re a fan of mystery thrillers, I think you’d find this enjoyable!
Another recent read of mine is The Book Collector by Alice Thompson. I love gothic literature, and I absolutely loved this book. It’s more of a novella than a true novel as it’s around 120 pages in length, but I still think this is so worth a read. I adored the prose style, and I loved the madness that was continuous throughout the whole of the book. The premise is dark, twisted, and incredibly unnerving. When Violet, a young woman, meets and consequently falls in love with Lord Archie Murray, her well-to-do life seems almost fairy-like. Archie is besotted with fairy tales, and collecting them. Violet soon discovers that things aren’t quite as rosy as she once thought, and she finds herself spiralling in to self-doubt, confusion and ends up in an asylum. After her release, women begin disappearing from the asylum, and are found mutilated along the way, and Violet soon realises that her husband isn’t as perfect as she once thought. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed with the ending, and I do think that the plot needed to be thickened out slightly; I think another 100 pages would have taken this book from really, really good to fantastic. In saying that, I couldn’t put this down and it’s such a memorable read for me, which is saying a lot when I read as many books as I do!
Have you read any of these books? If not, have any taken your fancy? Jess x