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The 13 Scariest Books Written This Year

  • FICTION

    THE REMAKING

    OCT. 8, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE REMAKING

by Clay McLeod Chapman

A memorable, disquieting ghost story about stories, rendered inside a Möbius strip. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PURSUIT

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE PURSUIT

by Joyce Carol Oates

A compelling domestic horror story reaches into a young woman’s nightmares of her childhood in search of what’s real. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

by Tess Gerritsen

This riveting Gothic thriller explores the limits of love, guilt, and punishment. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FULL THROTTLE

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

FULL THROTTLE

by Joe Hill

Miniature masterworks of modern horror proving that life is hard, weird, and always fatal. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IMAGINARY FRIEND

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

IMAGINARY FRIEND

by Stephen Chbosky

A pleasing book for those who like to scare themselves silly, one to read with the lights on and the door bolted. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE INSTITUTE

    SEPT. 10, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE INSTITUTE

by Stephen King

King fans won’t be disappointed, though most will likely prefer the scarier likes of The Shining and It. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IF SHE WAKES

    MAY 14, 2019

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

IF SHE WAKES

by Michael Koryta

Koryta has never been better than with this knuckle-biting thriller. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    JUST ONE BITE

    JUNE 4, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

JUST ONE BITE

by Jack Heath

A pleasing romp through a fetid swamp, but not for weak stomachs. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DECEPTION COVE

    MAY 21, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

DECEPTION COVE

by Owen Laukkanen

Laukkanen’s thrillers go beyond bloodshed and giving bad guys their due. His protagonists show a level of humanity that... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CHESTNUT MAN

    SEPT. 3, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE CHESTNUT MAN

by Søren Sveistrup ; translated by Caroline Wright

A tantalizing, un-put-down-able novel by an instant master of the form. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    COLD STORAGE

    SEPT. 3, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

COLD STORAGE

by David Koepp

Unlikely heroes battle a frightening fungus that could wipe out humanity in this taut, mordant thriller debut. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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