The books that have recently given us nightmares…

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As we are leading up to Halloween I decided it was the prime opportunity to ask the Killer Reads team what books they have each recently read that gave them nightmares. Being a group that love thrillers, crime and anything that means you spend the next week leaving the lights on just so you can sleep, they all proceeded to pull at least one book out of their bag that had given them the heebie jeebies.

So we thought we would share them with you so that you, like us, can start preparing your scare-o-meters for the ever looming fright night…

 

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Chosen by Emad Akhtar

 

Blacklands is a story that unsettled me for a long time – it’s an unusually absorbing and affecting story. This is partly because Blacklands, as Belinda Bauer says in her afterword, ‘was never intended to be a crime novel’. It began as a way of exploring ‘the impact of crimes such as Avery’s, how they affect people for years, lifetimes – maybe even generations’.

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Jilliane Hoffman’s Top Ten Favourite Novels

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1. Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris, because he can scare me – not an easy task.

2. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, because of his style. He took a real life crime and novelized it, but yet retained the grit of a true crime drama, complete with quotes.

3. The Firm, John Grisham, because it was the first legal thriller that I ever read that didn’t bore me during the legal parts.

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