Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Ten Creepy Reads on My TBR


Something about summer always makes me crazy books on the creepy side for me.  Maybe the humidity makes the air seem claustrophobic?  Or maybe I need something fast paced to distract me from the humidity?  Whatever the reason I feel like the humidity is somehow to blame.  Now my version of creepy is pretty low key.  I don't read horror and don't like gore and I'm already pretty paranoid but these are 10 books I think will keep me reading and maybe have me double checking the locks!

1.  The Stalking by Heather Graham - When I think creepy I almost always go to Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series.  There's always something paranormal and some murders and a touch of romance - a usually a fantastic setting.

2.  Be Afraid by Mary Burton - I've had this book on my TBR for ages and it looks like a nice suspenseful read.

3.  Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub - I've read a few books by this author that were a bit more on the cozy side but I don't think I've read any of her more suspenseful topics.  

4.  Die in Plain Sight by Elizabeth Lowell - I found this one on my shelves when I was reorganizing things.  No idea how long it's been there but it looks like a good read!

5.  Omens by Kelley Armstrong - This author has been on my TBR for years and this looks like a good read!


6.  Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen - I read a later book in this suspenseful series a few years ago and really enjoyed it so I want to go back to the beginning and find out the backstory.

7.  Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose -  When it comes to creepy I do prefer ghosts but serial killers will do in a pinch and this one involves the one who got away teamed up with an investigator and being pursued by the killer.

8. The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz - Krentz is another one of my go-to authors when I want a bit of fast paced suspense that isn't too scary for my wimpy self!

9.  An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena - I've heard great things about this author and this one especially appeals to me.

10. The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni - This one sounds a bit Gothic-y with an American who unexpectedly inherits a castle, title, and fortune in Italy.  There's darkness lurking in the corners though!

What level of creepy do you enjoy?  What are some of your favorite creepy books?


  1. I don't recognize any of these, but The Stalking catches my eyes. I like the creepy reads...

    I like them more in winter! But there might be something in the summer air as well yes!

    Elza Reads - Ten one sitting reads

  2. Yay for spooky books! My favorites are creepy Gothics. The Ancestor sounds good — and familiar. I think I bought a Nook copy when it was a daily deal.

    Have you read The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons? I think it was her only creepy book, and I loved it!

  3. I do like creepy reads but haven't tried these.

  4. I've read nearly all of these. I think of some more as mystery / thriller which is a key genre for me.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  5. I have Blood Red and Omen! I really need to try them.

  6. I do enjoy these type of books. These look good.

  7. I am not bit into horror, however I do like the Karen Rose books because they are page turners. I like JAK too.

  8. Humidity is the worse! Arizona's is a dry heat, except when our monsoon storms hit. Then it gets muggy, which makes everything sticky AND hot. Ugh.

    I'm with you as far as scary goes. I read very little horror. I prefer a nice, creepy, Gothic-y atmosphere to give a book a shivery feeling that's not TOO scary!

  9. The Ancestor sounds good. I've been looking for ghost stories for my October Hallowenn reading theme. 👻