Top Ten Scariest Books
In honor of the upcoming holiday, The Broke and The Bookish have featured "Top Ten Scariest Books" for Top Ten Tuesday. Since "scary" is such broad word, below is a list of books that are scary in the traditional sense, but also scary is a disturbing or suspenseful way (in no particular order). I should also point out I don't typically read mystery/suspense genre, so this list is probably different than those more familiar with these genres. (I still have yet to read anything by Stephen King or Agatha Christie.)
1. The Shadow of The Wind (Ruiz Zafon): From the dark setting to the suspenseful plot - this is my favorite literary thriller. People either love it or hate it. I loved it.
2. Turn of the Screw (James): Scary in the typical sense; ghosts, a creepy house and a crazy governess.
3. Her Fearful Symmetry (Niffenegger): I have a serious love for Audrey Niffenegger novels, and this one didn't disappoint. It is perfectly ominous and captivating all at once. The setting is also perfect - Highgate Cemetary in London, where Niffenegger once was a tour guide.
4. The Moonstone (Collins) - Not quite the "scariest" book per se, but my all-time favorite Victorian sensation novel.
5. A Child Called It (Pelzer) - An incredibly heartbreaking account of a child who is continuously and seriously abused by his alcoholic mother. Quite scary in the sense that it is non-fiction.
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Rowling) - If I had to pick the scariest novel of the series, it has to be the last. I can't wait for the movie!
7. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson) - One of my favorite creepy classics. Stevenson knows how to build suspense!
8. Orxy and Crake (Atwood): I could also add The Handmaid's Tale, as both are disturbing dystopias that don't seem all that far fetched.
9. Blindness (Saramago): While I didn't love this book as a whole, the premise and the execution of the story line creeped me out.
10. Glamorama (Easton Ellis): My introduction to Ellis. I'll read American Psycho one day, but I'm waiting for the sting of Glamorama to wear off; very disturbing and scary all at once.