With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve put together our edit of seriously spooky reads. Bestselling psychological thriller While You Sleep is sure to give you chills, and prepare for a sleepless night or two with the truly terrifying serial killer thriller Stalker. Don’t miss out on our pacy debut of the season Forget Me Not – which you can nab in ebook for just 99p!
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
A house full of secrets. A woman alone at night. A threat that lurks in the shadows.
The McBride house lies on a remote Scottish island, isolated and abandoned. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there. Last year, a local boy – visiting for a dare – disappeared without a trace.
For Zoe Adams, the house offers an escape from her failing marriage. But when night falls, her peaceful retreat is disrupted—scratches at the door, strange voices—and Zoe is convinced she is being watched.
The locals tell Zoe the incidents are merely echoes of the house’s dark past. Zoe is sure the danger is all too real—but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney
His name fills the streets with fear…
Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer who hunts in the shadows: the Quaker. He takes his next victim – the third woman from the same nightclub – and dumps her in the street like rubbish.
The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider.
When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city – and his life – forever…
Forget Me Not by A.M. Taylor
What happened to Nora?
When Maddie met Nora, their friendship felt as easy as breathing. And when Nora disappeared, all the air went with her. Without her best friend, Maddie’s life became impossible.
Ten years later, Nora is still missing and Maddie is still searching. People have been questioned. People have even been accused. But no one has found Nora.
Then, in the same spot where Nora went missing, the murdered body of Nora’s little sister is found. Convinced this is no coincidence, Maddie resolves to uncover the killer and find Nora – dead or alive.
But will she be able to cope, when she learns what really happened to Nora…?
Stalker by Lars Kepler
You thought you were alone. Think again.
A film arrives at Stockholm’s National Crime Investigation Department showing a woman in her own home, plainly unaware she is being watched. The police don’t take it seriously … until she is found murdered.
When the next video arrives, Detective Margot Silverman frantically attempts to identify the victim. But it’s already too late. Because at the time the video was sent, the killer was already inside their house…
Soon Stockholm is in the grip of terror. Who will the Stalker target next?
The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood
There’s a killer in your house. He knows your darkest secrets. And he is closer than you think.
The Hangman waits in the darkness. He’ll make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.
DCI Matilda Darke is running out of time. Fear is spreading throughout the city. As the body count rises, Matilda is targeted and her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion.
Can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?
In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green
Her dream home will become her worst nightmare…
Late one night, Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death into the icy Thames below.
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.
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And the house of her dreams quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…