Friday, July 22, 2016

Books to take to the beach that will scare you out of the water

I recently made the excellent decision to read Tananarive Due's wickedly, chillingly wonderful short story collection, Ghost Summer, just after a dip in the James River. The first story kept me up all night worrying about what would happen to me. (I'm far.) Seriously, this book is insanely creepy and wonderful. It has literally every kind of scare: zombies; post apocalyptic things; conjure tales; vengeful ghosts; possession; good ol' swamp monsters. Put this in your beach bag and keep an eye on what might be lurking in the lake.

Ruth Ware's (author of In a Dark, Dark Wood) The Woman in Cabin 10 JUST walked in the library and leaped right into my weekend reading pile aaaand I'm already done with it. Fans of Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) and Emma Healey (Elizabeth is Missing) will love this damp and claustrophobic thriller with a wonderfully flawed, unreliable narrator, set on board a cruise ship. No vacation destination is spared.

Now for the gross-out novels to end all gross out novels: Nick Cutter's nightmarish and cleverly disgusting  (sort of series?) The Troop and The Deep.  If you liked The Ruins by Scott Smith but thought it would have been better with worms, The Troop, a terrifying tale of Boy Scouts trapped on an island with a science experiment gone horribly awry, is for you. If you thought The Troop could have been a whole lot ickier, then go check out The Deep and never, ever get back in the water again. Fan of Stephen King's Dreamcatcher and Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted--these are for you.

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