Hello, my fellow book lovers! I never join readathons, nor do I post TBRs, but today is an exception! A couple of weeks ago, this year’s edition of Spookathon was anounced by my favourite BookTuber BooksandLala and you can watch the announcement here.
These are the five challenges:
- read a thriller
- read a book with a spooky word in the title
- read a book based on a childhood fear
- read a book with orange on the cover
- read a book that has a spooky setting
Since Spookathon is only one week long, there is no way I’ll be able to complete all the challenges. But because I’m a mood reader and like to have choices, I do have a TBR for each of these challenges.
I realise that the majority of these books feature white, non-disabled, allocishet characters. I usually read diverse books, but out of the titles I’m about to mention, I only own a physical copy of one. The rest I had to gather via the library, Storytel, etc. and diverse thrillers are unfortunately harder to find there. Sadly, I don’t have the money to buy every diverse book I want right now, so I had to make do with the options I had.
synopsis: Why would you run scared from a happy home?
You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.
That’s the last thing you remember.
You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe . . .
The hosts will be reading Stranger in the House. I own this one on audiobook, so I might pick it up. Though I have loved some of the thrillers I have listened to on audiobook, I do wish I owned a physical copy. It’s never quite the same experience.
synopsis: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
I had to check out a library book for my sister the other day, and I spotted The Kind Worth Killing at my local library. I’ve heard great things about this thriller and I can’t wait to pick it up!
synopsis: Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.
Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who’s feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.
Okay, I am totally cheating: though there’s orange on the cover, I have a different edition that doesn’t. But I borrowed this one from the library as well, so it’s not like I had much of a choice. I read two of Karin Slaughter’s books back in August (both on audiobook actually) so I know what to expect from her writing. I’ve been watching a lot of true crime series lately and I am looking forward to reading a book where the protagonist is a cop.
synopsis: ‘Are you happy in your life?’
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before the man he’s never met smiles down at him and says, ‘Welcome back, my friend.’
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
I think Dark Matter is a spooky title because it sounds so gross. But if it’s the scientific dark matter, than this book sounds really strange, which I find intriguing and spooky as well. I have a copy of this novel on Kindle.
synopsis: There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been terrified of ghosts. Some of these short stories include supernatural elements, so those will definitely pack a punch. On the other hand though, they might also traumatise me for life! It’s one of the reasons why I have never read a book by Stephen King before. This is my choice for ‘childhood fear‘ and I own a hardcover copy of this short story collection.
synopsis: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.
Realistically speaking, however, I just don’t think I’ll be able to get to the Bazaar of Dreams. So my second choice for ‘childhood fear‘ is Bird Box because the characters in this book are being followed by something or someone. This is available on audiobook. You have no idea how many times I’ve dreamt someone was chasing me, but I was unable to lock the door properly!
synopsis: When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper’s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it’s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it’s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.
For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of victims–women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them–has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she’s losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.
But the murders at the Cooper farmhouse didn’t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena’s ten-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more dangerous than what she’s running from.In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him.
My pick for ‘spooky setting‘ is The Killing Lessons. Just look at that cover! When reading the synopsis, I spotted ‘isolated farmhouse’, and that sounds very eerie as well. Out of all of these titles, I think I’m going to “enjoy” this one the most. I own a copy of this book on Kindle.
So this is my Spookathon TBR! I have a few back-ups, because I really struggle with planning what I want to read next. But I’m honestly excited to read all of these and I can’t wait for Spookathon to begin!
Have you read any of these thrillers yet? Are you joining Spookathon? Let me know in the comments!
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