With the dropping temperatures and darker evenings creeping in, all we want to do lately is curl up under a blanket with a hot chocolate and a good book. And, now that COVID restrictions are tightening for the next couple weeks, what else is there to do anyway?!
While of course you could spend the next 2 weeks watching Halloween movie after Halloween in preparation for the ultimate scary day, but any book worm would tell you that nothing gets you into the spooky mood like reading a hair-raising book. With that being said, it can be hard to know where to even begin with finding the right book for you, so we’ve done all the hard work for you and have rounded up the 5 best spooky YA novels out there.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a novel to keep you up all night or like to delve just slightly into the world of the spooky – think more sweet ghosts and cute pumpkins, there’s a book for you. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get reading!
“Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep. He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep,” the synopsis reads. So, who exactly are the ‘saw girls’ well, they consist of Marion, Zoey, and Val.
“Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.”
Everything I Never Told You
You may recognise Celeste Ng’s name from hugely popular novel turned series ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. Well, Everything I Never Told You is Celeste’s debut novel and is just as, if not even more compelling than her others.
“When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.”
There’s Someone Inside Your House
Certainly not one for the faint-hearted. Check out the synopsis below if this is one for you or not.
“Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.”
“Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.”
Welcome To The Dark House
Another gory one for those die-hard Halloween fanatics out there. The best part about this novel is that if you just can’t get enough of it, you’re in luck, because it’s actually the first novel in a three-part series. So there’s plenty to keep you entertained!
The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow
Okay, forgive us for including a book that isn’t out juuust yet. But, this novel sound so perfectly spooky that we just couldn’t resist! Zoe Sugg aka Zoella has teamed up with writer Amy McCulloch to bring us the first addition in a YA thriller series. Available to buy on the 29th of October, check out the synopsis below.
“llumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party – on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.”
“When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best efforts to avoid any drama, her new roommate Ivy was close to the murdered girl, and the two of them can’t help but get pulled in.
“The two can’t stand each other, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder, they will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their superficially perfect school.”
“Welcome to The Magpie Society.”