The days are getting shorter, dark nights are getting longer, and pumpkins are everywhere. That can only mean one thing: Spooky Season is upon us!

Check out these recommendations to get in the Halloween spirit this month.

The Need by Helen Phillips

When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. As any young mother knows, rest is rare. But the footsteps come again, and suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. This haunting thriller has been nominated for the National Book Award 2019. You don’t want to miss it.

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When Rowan, a newly-hired live-in nanny, arrives at the Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences and its picture-perfect family. But she has just stepped into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. Writing to her lawyer from prison, Rowan tries to make sense of the events that unfolded in this best-selling psychological thriller.

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In the Woods by Tana French

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But 3 children do not return from the woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. 20 years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he finds himself investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

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The Chain by Adrian McKinty

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

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The Whisper Man by Alex North

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night. Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

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Book descriptions were borrowed from Goodreads.com and author websites.

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