My Recipe for: Books Featuring Things That Go Bump in the Night
Growing up, I was an avid Unsolved Mysteries fan. No matter how much that show spooked the bejeezus out of me, I still came back every day to watch the whole thing. (Confession: I may or may not still DVR episodes). There’s something intriguing about those things that go bump in the night, especially when those things are strange and mysterious.
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
There’s a whole lot of mystery surrounding Sorry-in-the-Vale. Who is the imaginary friend that Kami has been talking to for her entire life? Why is everyone so spooked about the Lyburn family returning? Who is committing strange and disturbing deeds in the woods?
On top of all the mysteries, when the voice in Kami’s head turns out to be a living and breathing boy, Kami’s world is forever altered. That doesn’t stop Kami from seeking answers to all the questions in her life like why his voice was in her head in the first place. Ever on a quest for mystery, Kami is an aspiring reporter with a penchant for Nancy Drew-ish escapades. When the Strange and Mysterious Lyburns return to Sorry-in-the-Vale after years of absence, Kami is on the search to uncover all of the secrets this town is hiding.
You’ll like this if: you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments series and you like a little bit of folklore loaded with fantasy.
Quote: “Put the jerk in the south wing, you won’t see him for weeks at a time. Or lock him in the attic. The law will not be on your side, but literary precedent will.”
Dark Shadows by Gillian Flynn
25 years ago Libby’s entire family was murdered by her brother. To make matters worse, Libby’s testimony helped seal her brother’s life sentence in jail. She’s never visited him, and she spends most of her days blocking out anything remotely close to revisiting that day. Her life has been twenty-five years of buried guilt, depression, and an anger that has pushed away anyone or anything that tries to get close. When Libby finds herself running out of cash, she is found by an organization willing to pay her for information that may free her brother—the very person she believes is guilty.
Libby is a very opinionated heroine, but she has her moments of clarity just like any other. I appreciated the extraordinary attention to detail, and did-he-or-didn’t-he tension that keeps the story going up until the end.
You’ll like this if: you’re an unsolved mysteries junkie that enjoyed Gone Girl and likes a dark and twisty heroine.
Quote: I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.”
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