These books are not based around or on Halloween but are in fact the books I want to try and read this month in the countdown to Halloween! Given lately I’ve been in a bit of a slump it’s needless to say that reading has been hard for me over the last month or so but I intend to change that this month using my favourite genres. Horror and Thriller!
1: The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker
For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.
As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.
I’ll admit I’ve already started reading this and I’m almost a third of the way through but it’s stacking up to be a great Thriller. With a killer that followers the proverb of “Ear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do No Evil” it’s a strange and somewhat gory book, nothing to turn your stomach (unless you’re squeamish I suppose) but it has got a little graphic imagery. It’s fast paced and I’m honestly not sure how this book will end but I can bet there’ll be plenty of plot twists along the way because there already have been a couple that I didn’t really expect even though you could guess them really. It’s well written and goes at a fast but steady pace which is great because it makes me want to keep reading even if I starting thinking there may be a killer lurking in the shadows of my house!
2: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.
I’ve heard a lot about this book and I’ve read about the truly vile True Events that this books is based on and if the real life story is anything to go by and the fact that it’s meant to be very close to them then I can only imagine that this book could turn even my stomach in disgust when I read this. It takes a lot to disgust me but it happens and I think this book may be one to do that. A girl savaged and tortured by the person who was meant to look after her. I’ve read reviews that say this book is disturbed and depraved and people say that the writer is disgusting and disturbed to be able to write something of such perversion but they seem to forget or do not know that the author simply adapted a real life event into a novel.
3: Rattle by Fiona Cummins
He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.
Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.
Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.
What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.
I’ve heard that the “psychopath” in this book is even more terrifying than Hannibal Lecter but to be fair I find him more charming that terrifying, I mean I know he has the all cannibal thing and likes brains (which is great if you want Kuru) but he’s still intellectual and charming so is this antagonist? The books starts by giving you information on a disease that causes a second skeleton to grow over the original which only makes me wonder what the heck this book could be about, I assume something to do with bones but I honestly I have no idea and I can’t wait to find out.
4: Pop Goes The Weasel by M J Arlidge
The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.
Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs…
This is the second book in the D. I. Helen Grace series so if the first book is anything to go by then I should be getting a great serial killer antagonist who commits gruesome murders. I’ll hopefully also get a fast but steady paced book with more turns that Helter Skelter! I’ve read a lot about Jack The Ripper it must be said but the idea of someone who kills the clients rather than the workers really intrigues me. But hopefully unlike Jack The Ripper we will find out who the villain is.
5: In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green
A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.
An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.
A Twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…
Okay, the reason I added this was not necessarily because it sounds amazing, it’s mainly because it’s a short book which I should actually be able to finish it this month if all else fails! But to be fair to the book it does sound like a nice little thriller, the blurb intrigued me, especially with random woman leaving a stranger a house and then killing herself? As long as the actually story isn’t as annoying as the title (wood? They’re called Woods!) I should think it will be a easy little Halloween read.
This is an optimistic TBR but I hope to finish a couple at least. Wish me luck guys!
Until next time, happy reading guys!