theSkimm's Guide to

The Best of Spooky Skimm Reads

PUBLISHED OCT 26, 2017

The Story

Boo. It’s that time of year. Crunchy leaves, brisk nights, axe murderers. If this is your level, these are your reads.

For when you want a read that takes you somewhere new...

"The Woman in Cabin 10"
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“The Woman In Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware Imagine you’re a travel writer on assignment aboard a small luxury cruise. Nice. Now imagine you see a woman get thrown overboard and no one believes you. Not so nice. This thriller has sun and suspense. Get it here.

"The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye"
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"The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye" by David Lagercrantz Lisbeth Salander is back. So are your other faves. Like the other Dragon Tattoo books, this Sweden-set read is dark, with a mystery to crack and lots of suspense. Hack into it here.

For when you want a small-town thriller...

Fool Me Once
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"Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben Imagine looking over nanny cam footage and seeing your husband playing with your daughter. Normal. But your husband was murdered two weeks ago. Not so normal. You'll get chills, and they'll be multiplying. Get it here.

"All Is Not Forgotten"
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“All Is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker Imagine having the ability to erase all your painful memories. After a rape in a wealthy suburb, the teenage victim gets to do just that. Problem is, it makes it a LOT harder to catch the guy. This thriller is like “Lovely Bones” meets “SVU.” Buy here.

For when you want to be suspicious of all your friends...

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"Don’t You Cry” by Mary Kubica Imagine your roommate disappears and you start to realize you weren't as close as you thought you were. As in she might've wanted to kill you. Yup. This page turner is "Single White Female" meets "Swimfan." Buy here.

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"Girls On Fire” by Robin Wasserman A popular athlete's suicide brings two high school girls together – introverted Hannah and rebel Lacey. Their friendship gets dark, fast. It's a little bit "Heathers" with a 90s Nirvana vibe. Buy here.

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“The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine This is like the “The Talented Mr. Ripley” with a XX chromosome. An ambitious woman who is not what she seems befriends a beautiful, wealthy Connecticut couple. Get it here.

For when you’re looking to get in touch with nature...

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"Fierce Kingdom" by Gin Phillips It's closing time at the zoo. A young mom and her four-year-old kid are the last ones to head for the exits. And then they're on the run...for the rest of the book. Warning: you'll finish this in one sitting. Get it here.

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"The Butterfly Garden” by Dot Hutchinson The FBI finds a ‘garden’ full of women who’ve been held captive by one twisted guy. When they start interviewing survivors, they run into more questions than answers. Read here.

PS: Want to know all our Skimm Reads picks? They're all in our app. All the reads. All the time. And we add a new one every Friday. Because we like big books and we cannot lie.

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