Yay for more Halloween topics! This top 5 is for books with a creature of your choice (vampires, zombies, etc.) and I chose ghosts because: they’re not as common as vampires or werewolves, they’re still scary since they’re alive and there’s a few books that had either really great ghosts in them or TBR books with this supernatural entity that I want to read. One movie is also in the mix. These aren’t in any order either. Let’s jump in!
1. The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker
This is a newer release that I’m dying to get to (when my current TBR isn’t trying to eat me) about a girl who lives in a coastal town in Maine. After her father dies, she starts seeing a ghost that leads to some interesting revelations. Right before this book came out, it had a 4.5 rating on Goodreads (now at a really good 4.26) and all 5 star reviews on Amazon. With how much praise this has gotten, as well as having elements of a story I’ve never read about, I’m hoping I’ll get to this one this month.
2. Grave Peril (Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
This third novel opens with Harry trying to deal with a frightening female ghost haunting the babies in a local hospital. This beginning filled me with dread, since the ghost was unpredictable and quite the match for Harry. This novel also brings up some serious consequences that has a long lasting impact on the rest of the series. For me, this panic inducing novel got me addicted to this long running, but masterful series. For fans who love ghost novels, this is a favorite of mine.
3. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
This debut novel was one I’ve been raving about since I read it a few months ago. This follows Mary Shelley Black at the height of the Spanish flu in 1918 as she investigates what happens to her childhood friend and first love Stephen through spirit photography. The historical pictures included in this novel are creepy and truly bring this past craze to life. In the author’s note, the author explains that the phenomenon of this craze inspired her to write this book. Back in the day, two sisters claimed to have photographed faeries and people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle claimed they were legit! If you enjoy this type of history, I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s creepy enough with ghosts and other supernatural stuff that it’s a great Halloween read.
4. The Others film
If you haven’t seen this amazing movie from 2001, do yourself a favor and go pick it up. If you don’t know the plot, go in BLIND. Nicole Kidman plays a woman who cares for her two children while her husband is away and crazy things start to happen. If you can’t handle horror movies like me, this would be perfect. It’s dark, smartly written and fascinating to watch. NO spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it 🙂
5. Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike
This ghost centered trilogy follows a girl named Shari Cooper who wakes up and doesn’t realize that she’s dead until no one in her family listens to her and she goes out to figure not only who killed her, but another looming threat that follows her in the afterlife. I read these clear back in junior high, but it was fast paced and addicting for my younger self. I’m not sure how they would stand now, but I remember really enjoying them. If you like ghost stories and don’t mind possible cheese, this might be fun to read at this time of year.
What creatures did you pick for your topics? What’s your favorite Halloween creature? Have you read any of these books and if so, what did you think of them?