Column: 10 books to end fall
With fall well underway, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a chilly evening. The thriller, mystery and horror genres mark the transition from hot and sunny days to cold and windy days.
Here is a list of some excellent spooky page turners that will not only keep readers enthralled from start to finish, but also put them in a seasonal mood.
1. “The Secret Story” of Donna Tartt
Beginning with a ’90s classic featuring betrayal, suspense and murder, “The Secret History” follows Richard, a college student who finds himself in a group of misfits at his college, all handpicked for an exclusive class. classics. As tensions rise and lies are uncovered, the story takes twisted turns and the group is forced to do things that push them into even more trouble.
2. “His body and other parts” by Carmen Maria Machado
This collection of short stories will be a hit for anyone who enjoys beautiful lyrical writing and a fabulous blend of sci-fi, horror, and mind-bending psychological. Machado creates a series of intriguing, and at times disturbing, narratives exploring the experiences and violence of women, offering nuanced and impactful take on relationships and the nature of the self.
3. “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo
Alex Stern is admitted to Yale University solely because of his ability to see beyond the “veil”. Thrown into the world of Yale secret societies, magic and murder, Alex is forced to reexamine her past and who she is today. This book echoes the themes of Tartt’s “The Secret History”, with notes of elitism, betrayal and murder. It’s a must read for anyone looking for complex world building and mystery.
4. “My Dark Vanessa” by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Dark and difficult read, “My Dark Vanessa” sums up the horror of traumatic events, addressing issues like victimization. This novel, inspired by the author’s own experiences, talks about college student Vanessa Wye, her experiences at her new boarding school, and her affair with her charismatic, older English teacher, Jacob Strane. The story swings between two timelines: when Vanessa first meets Jacob and when she eventually realizes, as an adult, that the relationship was not healthy.
5. “The girl of artificial silk” by Irmgard Keun
An unknown classic, “The Artificial Silk Girl” is definitely one of the lightest reads on this list. Keun creates a compelling yet familiar tale of self-exploration, change and personal journey of 1930s Germany. Representing the transformational nature of autumn, the book shines a light on the ever-changing nature of the self. and the experiences of women at the end of Germany’s Golden Age.
6. “Truth” by Colleen Hoover
With over 4 million copies sold, Colleen Hoover’s books had a rise in popularity, and “Verity” is no different. From the perspective of a failing writer, Lowen Ashleigh, the book explores a chilling mystery of a dead child, a heart-wrenching autobiography of a mother and a love with the most unlikely person. It’s a great story for those who love suspense and mystery.
7. “Vicious” by VE Schwab
For lovers of science fiction and the paranormal, “Vicious” offers a new interpretation of heroism, morality and mortality. It centers on two students who, for a final year class, experience near-death experiences and thus acquire supernatural powers. What follows is a story of rivalry, ambition, and intrigue as the two grapple with their new identities.
8. “Carmilla” by Sheridan Le Fanu
This news is revered by some as the epitome of Gothic, with roots in romanticism. Written before Stoker’s “Dracula”, the story features vampires, paranormal activity, and a fresh take on female monstrous beings. With beautiful and delicious handwriting, “Carmilla” sums up another kind of horror, that of destroying the ones you love. Pro tip: You can get a free copy of your eBook from The Gutenberg project, because the copyright for this news expired a long time ago.
9. “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
Another classic, this book is about Dorian Gray, his obsession with his look and the means he is ready to use to keep his eternal youth. A dazzling tale of crumbling morality with a hint of magical realism is a sure-fire way to immerse yourself in the spirit of autumn.
10. “One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston
Finally, for those who don’t have a taste for horror or mystery but who love fantasy and magic, “One Last Stop” is the way to go. A fateful encounter of two people separated by decades and a story steeped in comedy and romance, this book will warm your heart on a cold day.
These books, filled with autumnal atmospheres, will prepare any reader for the season! So, it’s time to stock up on the shelves, get ready for a lot of reading, and enjoy the weeks ahead.