10 Mysteries, Thrillers, and Horror Novels To Read Before Halloween

Whether it’s the shorter days or the crisp air, there’s a certain fall ambiance that sends chills down your spine. Or maybe it’s just that mystery-thriller novel that’s on your bedside table. After all, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only things in season right now.

At Readers.com, we love a good suspenseful novel to get us into the fall-state-of-mind. So, we thought we’d make you a list. Read on for our favorite stories, novels, and poems to read before Halloween. Better sleep with the lights on — these novels might just have you up all night.

mystery novels for fall

1. And Then There Were None

We’re kicking off the list with a classic by renowned author Agatha Christie. Originally published in 1939, this mystery novel is about 10 strangers who are lured to an island. Slowly, each person bites the bullet. Maybe you’ve read it (even if it that was 15 years ago), or maybe you haven’t. Either way, this suspenseful novel deserves a look before Halloween.

2. The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins brings us a psychological thriller we can’t put down. The story begins with Rachel, who rides a train by the same happy couple every day. Rachel sees something, and then the girl goes missing. Cue everything getting a lot more complicated. Also being released as a movie, this novel is filled with twists, turns, and oh-my-gosh-did-that-really-happen moments.

3. Now You See Her

James Patterson really is the king of thrillers. His 2011 novel features Nina Bloom, a loving mother with a dark past who’s built the perfect life in New York. Then things get dicey when people start dying. There’s both drama and a whole lot of suspense. We think you’ll like it.

4. Dracula

This 1897 horror novel by Bram Stoker will make you uneasy, disgusted, and a little amazed. The tale takes place in both England and fictional Transylvania and is told through diary entries and letters. Even though Dracula was written over 100 years ago, the way the novel evokes emotion is as good as anything written today. If you’ve never read this gothic classic, we suggest you pick up a copy immediately.

5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Horror thrillers not your thing? Then we recommend diving into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Opt for the complete edition and get all 4 novels and 56 short stories. A few of our favorite stories include The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet.

6. The Vanishing Year

Zoe Whittaker has it all — married to a Wall Street tycoon, living in the hottest neighborhood in New York City, and serving on the board of the most prestigious non-profits in the area. Until, of course, her past creeps back into her life. Filled with plot twists and suspense, this mystery thriller from Kate Moretti will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

7. The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe’s 1858 narrative poem features a talking raven and a distressed lover. It’s also one of the most famous pieces of literature, ever. Because the poem is pretty short, it should be an easy read to knock off our list. You can even listen to Christopher Walken read the poem here. Once you’re done with The Raven, read a few of his other short stories. Some classics to start with are The Pit and the Pendulum and The Fall of The House of The Usher.

8. Gone Girl

Whether or not you saw the movie last year, Gone Girl is worth a read this fall. Gillian Flynn’s novel begins with Nick as he prepares for his five-year anniversary with his wife, Amy. She disappears and he’s the primary suspect. Then things get weird. Give it a little time (the first half can be slow) and you’ll find intricate characters and a well-woven plot.

9. The Tangled Webb

Taking place in Washington D.C. and working its way through New York and Paris, Doug Schroeder’s mystery novel opens with a couple in Georgetown. When two U.S. senators die in a car explosion miles from the couple’s home, the FBI wants to talk. It’s intelligent, fast-paced, and above all, well-researched.

10. Frankenstein

The first thing to know about Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. The story uses a frame narrative structure and is one of the first examples of science fiction. And if you haven’t read it before, there’s never been a better time than now.

How many have you read? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!


Our Five Favorite Fathers in Literature

As we know, fathers can be very powerful people in our lives. Although their styles may be different, many of us are who we are today because of how our fathers taught, loved, and cared for us throughout our lives. This Father’s Day, we look back at the great fathers we’ve come to know and love in literature and which qualities make them top notch role models.


1. Atticus Finch — The Leader

A leader, in any setting, sets the tone for how we interact with one another. They shape and construct the morals and values in each of their followers.  As a leader in the family, no father in literature accepts this role than Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. In the face of conflict, Atticus took  a path that was filled with challenges and obstacles. He chose to show his children that every man is created equal no matter who they are are where they come from. This is no easy job, and our fathers face these types challenges everyday in their lives. Through their actions they plant the seeds in us that help us grow over time into the roots of our values.

2. Bob Cratchit — The Solace

Life is not always easy. We may find ourselves in a hard place, but our fathers help us to see the joy of being together as a family. In Charles Dickens’s magical story, The Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchit is the shining example of how to see the light in a world brimming in darkness. No matter how hard life may seem, Bob Cratchit, like many of our fathers, finds a way to bring out the joy in our lives and celebrate the true gift we receive everyday; our family.

3. Hans Hubermann — The Teacher

Our parents are our greatest teachers. They are constantly pushing us to become better and picking us up when fall down. No literary father loves teaching his child more than Hans Hubermann from the renowned novel The Book Thief. As the parent of an adopted child in a world surrounded by fear and violence, Hubermann devotes his life to educating his daughter the beauty of reading and imagination. In a community blinded by prejudice, Hubermann teaches his daughter to create a vision of the world through her own eyes, and not let others dictate how she thinks. Similar to our fathers, their love can be seen through their countless lessons and lectures with hope that we use this knowledge to create a life better than they have ever experienced.

4. Mrs. Doubtfire — The Comedian

On this day, we appreciate the countless times our dads made us smile when no one else could. Made famous by the motion picture, Mrs. Doubtfire is the father that will go the extra mile just to squeak a grin out of us. When a divorce causes him to be separated from his kids, this father dresses up as old nanny just to spend a few more hours each day laughing with his kids. While our fathers can seem so serious at times, they’re always the first to recognize whenever we need a bit of laughter in our lives.

5. The Giving Tree — The Giver

Finally, the last characteristic we admire in our fathers is their constant generosity in our lives. Whether it’s toys when we are young, countless nights of helping with math homework, or even walking you down the aisle on on your wedding day, our fathers are always willing to give whatever they have, just to make us happy. While not necessarily a human father, the tree in Shel Silverstein’s children’s book The Giving Tree is a perfect resemblance of a father figure who continues to give until he has nothing left. Our fathers serve us in any way they can, and as we grow older, our fathers sacrifice more and more just to sustain our happiness. It is not until we reach a certain age of maturity, that we are fully able to comprehend the the countless hours and energy our fathers have devoted towards providing us with a better life.

We hope that on this day of celebration, you are able to be thankful of all your father’s admirable qualities that have helped shape you into the person you are today.

It’s never too late to tell your father how thankful you are to have him in your life.

11 New Books That Will Make Summer Exponentially Better

If you’re anything like us, summertime means reading time. With the arrival of warm weather, we can’t wait to head outside, book in hand, and dive into a story. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even find ourselves at one of these cozy outdoor reading nooks.

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of 11 new books that we’re excited to read this summer. Find your favorite spot, grab a pair of reading sunglasses, and crack open your book — you have a summer reading list to get through!

summer reading list

1. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

  • Author: Fredrik Backman
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Paperback released: April 6th, 2016

A story about a unique 7-year-old, Elsa, and her outspoken 77-year-old grandmother. Elsa’s grandmother passes away leaving her with the task of delivering letters to people whom she has wronged. Funny, fantastical, and heartwarming, we suggest you pick this book up to start your summer.

“Bring tissues when you start My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, but bring your funnybone, too. It’s that kind of book – one that, if you miss it, you’ll never forgive yourself.” —Business Insider, Best Books of 2015

2. Everyone Brave is Forgiven

  • Author: Chris Cleave
  • Genre: Historical / Fiction
  • Hardcover released: May 3rd, 2016

Set in 1939, Everyone Brave is Forgiven takes place during World War II and follows the paths of three individuals brought together by unexpected circumstances. And yes, there is a love triangle.

“With dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion, Cleave paints a powerful portrait of war’s effects on those who fight and those left behind.” People Magazine Book of the Week

3. Everybody’s Fool

  • Author: Richard Russo
  • Genre: Fiction / Comedy
  • Hardcover released: May 3rd, 2016

A sequel to Nobody’s Fool, Russo’s Everybody’s Fool follows the same working-class characters fast-forwarded a decade. Taking place in North Bath, this novel features a variety of idiosyncratic characters and a bit of comedy.

“For fans who’ve missed Sully and the gang, Everybody’s Fool is like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends.” —Jeff Labreque, Entertainment Weekly

4. Don’t You Cry

  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Hardcover released: May 17th, 2016

Begins with a mysterious disappearance, a letter left, and a deepening crush. If that’s not enough to spark your interest, add in a thrilling conclusion and a journey filled with twists and turns, plus a whole lot of suspense.

“Mary Kubica has a knack for crafting engrossing psychological thrillers, and Don’t You Cry is no exception.” —InStyle

5. Before the Fall

  • Author: Noah Hawley
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Hardcover released: May 31st, 2016

A plane filled with 10 privileged passengers and one, down-on-his-luck painter crashes on its way to Martha’s Vineyard. Only three survive. Cue a lot of conspiracy questions.

“[A] terrific thriller…an irresistible mystery.. a tale that’s both an intriguing puzzle and a painful story of human loss.”―Washington Post

6. All Summer Long

  • Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Genre: Women’s Fiction
  • Hardcover released: May 31st, 2016

A southern gentleman returns to South Carolina with his successful New Yorker wife. Needless to say, the slower tempo and southern way of life takes some adjusting. This novel follows their summer of transitions, changes, and learnings.

7. Here’s to Us

  • Author: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Hardcover released: June 14th, 2016

Three women, who all married the same man, must stay in the same cottage after his untimely death. Saying goodbye is tough. Saying goodbye to your ex-husband with his other exes who hate you? Nearly impossible.

“The must read that will be in everyone’s beach bag this summer.” ―Brenda Janowitz, Popsugar

8. Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare)

  • Author: Anne Tyler
  • Genre: Fiction / Retelling
  • Hardcover released: June 21st, 2016

A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew that isn’t 10 Things I Hate About You. In this version, Kate and Bunny’s scientist father, Dr. Battista, stirs up a plan to keep his right-hand man, lab assistant Pyotr, from being deported by arranging a marriage.

“You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention . . . Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of ‘character’ for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters.”-Tom Shone, The New Yorker

9. All the Missing Girls

  • Author: Megan Miranda
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Hardcover released: June 28th, 2016

One girl goes missing. Ten years later, another girl goes missing. Told in reverse, this mystery thriller connects the two cases in a page-turning frenzy.

“As original as it is addictive, this story puts a knot in your gut from the opening pages. Then, through the wizardry of its unconventional structure, that knot tightens and tightens and will not let go until the final pages—and even then the story continues to haunt you. Vividly rendered, psychologically complex, and narratively acrobatic, All The Missing Girls is, above all, totally gripping.” —Tim Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Descent

10. Magic: A Novel

  • Author: Danielle Steel
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Hardcover released: July 5th, 2016

Seven individuals mix and mingle at the infamous White Dinner in Paris, with each person leaving the event with new friendships, relationships, and hope for the future. Expect to be wowed by best selling author Danielle Steel.

11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  • Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Hardcover released: July 31st, 2016

Even if Harry Potter is not your cup of tea, we couldn’t leave this anticipated sequel off our list. Based on a new story from Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne presents Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the stage. The magical sequel takes place in the future, where Harry and his youngest son, Albus, deal with the past and the weight of their family legacy.

The 5 Best Books of Fall 2015

Books for Fall 2015

1. Genre: Fiction

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

From the prolific author who brought you The Corrections and Freedom, Jonathan Franzen has returned with another opus full of unique characters and artfully crafted plot.

Set aside the wispy summer beach reads, this is a heavy book (literally and figuratively) that will spark a healthy reflection of self.

2. Genre: Non-Fiction

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert delights readers with another inspirational work in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. By walking us through her own creative process, Gilbert encourages us to live the life we’re meant to live.

A book that combines both practical strategies and motivating insights, Big Magic will move you to finally get started on living your passions.

3. Genre: Memoir

M Train by Patti Smith

M Train by Patti Smith

If you enjoyed Just Kids, you’re sure to love the next piece of work in Patti Smith’s canon, M Train. Described as a “roadmap of her life” Smith takes readers through the cafes, bungalows, beaches, and graves that shaped her journey as an artist.

From a writer whose words we never get sick of reading, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything else in between.

4. Genre: Cooking

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

Get behind the science of food with a new cookbook hitting the shelves this fall, The Food Lab. This textbook for home cooking features hundreds of easy-to-follow recipes accompanied by over 1,000 full-color images.

Learn how to transform your everyday basics into culinary creations with Kenji’s latest experiments in the kitchen.

5. Genre: Mystery

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Continuing Stieg Larson’s Millenium Series (which you know from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lisbeth Salander’s story lives on with another installment in the saga: The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

If you’re looking for a thrill-ride of a read this fall, you won’t be disappointed with the plight of your favorite hacker-punk heroine.

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Books to Love: 7 All-Time Favorites


At Readers.com, we love a good, can’t-put-down book — or maybe even a whole library full of them. From fan favorites and must-read lists to up-and-coming authors, we’ve interviewed the greatest literary enthusiasts around. So what exactly is on their nightstand? Read on to find out, and be sure to check back regularly for the latest page-turning talk. 

Our latest What’s On My Nighstand? highlight is Tiffany of Book Cover Justice. Tiffany is a book enthusiast and blogger who loves reading everything from Young Adult and Chick Lit to Crime and Suspense. Take a look at the books that’ve made her must list of all-time favorites, and be sure to curl up with each one of these for the first time (or read them again and again)! With hits like these, you’re sure to find a book to fall in love with.

Books to Fall in Love with

1. The Dogs of Babel

The Dogs of Babel is one of my favorite books of all time. I know that the idea of teaching a dog to talk sounds a little ridulous, but it doesn’t come off that way at all. Inside these pages is a heart-breakingly sad story of a man desperate to learn what happened to his wife. You will ache for him as he tries to figure out what went wrong, and you will want to hug your dog for hours after turning the last page.

2. The Hunger Games

I know, this is on everyone’s list, right? This book is special to me for many reasons. Aside from being just an asbolutely fantastic story, this is also the first Young Adult book I ever read. I only picked it up because I just couldn’t stand hearing about the series everywhere and not having a clue what people were talking about. I wanted to see what all the hype was for myself, so I gave it a read. Ever since then, I can’t get enough of dystopian or Young Adult books. It honestly changed my life.

3. Dance With the Devil: A Memoir of Murder and Loss

This is the unfortunate true story of Dave and Kate Bagby’s struggle with the murder of their son and the struggle to gain custody of their grandson. There’s a documentary about this case called Dear Zachary which absolutely destroyed me. This book is written by the father of the murder victim and chronicles their battle with the Canadian goverment and with the murderer herself. No other case has ever affected me as much as this one. I highly recommend watching the documentary and reading this book. But keep a large supply of tissues nearby — you will need them.

4. The Opposite of Me

Any girl who has a sister knows what it’s like to bicker and fight and even compete with each other. What I loved about The Opposite of Me was that both women were struggling in their perceived position in the family and never thought to discuss it with the other. I thought this was a truly touching story of friendship and sisterhood.

5. Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed is the story of two women, Rachel and Darcy, and their lifelong friendship and shared love interest, Dex. What struck me most about this book was the relationship between Rachel and Darcy; it was kind of a love/hate friendship. I was immediately sucked into this book because I, too, had a friend like Darcy who had to compete with everything I did. I struggled with the loss of that friendship, and this book really helped bring out some perspective. That, and it is pretty hilarious.

6. Drowning Instinct

It has been over a year and a half since I read this book, and it still continues to linger in my mind. It’s the story of a teenage girl who enters a relationship with a teacher and the impact that relationship has on both of their lives. This book left my jaw wide open and hanging on the floor. It makes you rethink anything you think you know about these kind of relationships and leaves you desperate for more.

7. Still Missing

Chevy Stevens can make you turn the pages faster than any other author. Still Missing, her first novel, is one of the best suspense novels I have ever read. I am a little obsessed with kidnapping stories and true crime (like I mentioned before), and even though this was a work of fiction, it didn’t read that way. I was shocked by a twist that I didn’t see coming — and that doesn’t happen to me very often. If you love mysteries, this is a must read!

A special thanks to Tiffany for curating this collection of must-reads for us. Love what you read from this list? Be sure to reach out to Tiffany on Twitter and let us know on Facebook! #booklove

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