Happy Halloween! This week Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a Halloween-themed freebie, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite horror stories that pay homage to classics! I couldn’t quite come up with ten, but here are some books, TV shows and movies to occupy your Halloween 2018.
I haven’t done one of these roundups in quite a while, partly because I’ve been having trouble actually finishing any new media I start. I’ve mentioned in other posts that this summer has been crazy busy with changes at work and home (and I plan to post about that soon!) but in short, it hasn’t left a lot of time to read full-length books, or finish a whole TV series, etc. But last month I had a few really great books, TV shows, and even a podcast to recommend, so here they are for your consideration!
What I read
The Silent Wife is, sadly, A. S. A. Harrison’s only fiction novel completed before her death. I say sadly, because this book, though slim, blew me away with just how quickly it slips under your skin. I put it down only because I worked early the next day and needed sleep! It’s a gripping mystery/thriller about the breakdown of a relationship and I’m not kidding when I say I had no idea how this story would end until the very last page. That’s high praise considering how many crime/thriller books I read and how I’ve started to become accustomed to patterns within.
A Death of No Importance is the debut adult novel from Mariah Fredericks, and follows maid Jane Prescott through upper-crust New York society in 1910 as she tries to solve the murder of her mistress’ playboy lover. This was a fast-paced book and very hard to put down, and I hope Fredericks will pen more mystery novels soon!
What I watched (Netflix)
The Frozen Dead is a French crime thriller about the cat-and-mouse game between an aging detective and the serial killer he sent to a mental hospital. When the sister of the killer’s last victim enters the picture, Investigator Servaz must try to find redemption while untangling a new string of brutal murders. Safe is based on Harlen Coben’s novel about a group of families living in a gated community whose sense of safety is shattered when a young man turns up dead and his girlfriend missing. This was a binge-worthy show and makes me eager to check out more of Coben’s thrillers. Requiem is billed as horror but it’s honestly a creepy mystery more than anything. Following her mother’s suicide, a young woman becomes obsessed with the possibility that she is actually a girl who disappeared as a child from a small Welsh town. This show has a total WTF ending but I think it perfectly suited the overall mood of the show!
What I listened to (Spotify)
I admit, I’m a podcast virgin, but The Black Tapes has me totally hooked on the concept. The fictional show follows a journalist as she investigates supposedly unexplained supernatural mysteries in the files of a doctor who may just be the world’s biggest skeptic. But are all unexplained horrors so easily dismissed? This podcast can be suuuuuuper creepy at times so I really don’t recommend listening to it at night! I just wrapped up season one and can’t wait to dive into seasons two and three.
Do you have any good book, TV or podcast recommendations for me? (Especially mystery/crime?) Let me know in the comments!
I used to do these posts as a recap of all the books I’d read the month prior. These days I’m still reading books, but I’m also spending more time watching TV and movies and listening to new music. Therefore, I thought it only fitting I update this monthly roundup accordingly! Here are some of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately (including a playlist for November 2017!).
(Disclosure: Review copy provided by NetGalley/post contains affiliate links)
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Blake Crouch fan. He’s great at writing high-concept sci-fi and creepy horror thrillers, but he’s equally adept at creating character-driven stories. Naturally, I was psyched when NetGalley sent me a copy of Blake’s latest book, Good Behavior, to tie in with the TV show premiering tonight on TNT.
Good Behavior is actually a collection of three separate novellas that Blake previously published over a course of several years, beginning with “The Pain of Others” in Ellery Queen. Together the stories form a novel-length portrait of Letty Dobesh, a character Crouch has proclaimed one of his favorites. She’s an addict, an ex-con, and a thief, but even she draws the line from time to time…such as when she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Unable to go to the police, Letty decides to take matters into her own hands, putting her on a collision course with a cast of characters as complex as herself.
Letty is one of those shades-of-grey characters that I immediately loved. She’s a complex woman, equal parts virtue and vice (though some days, mostly vice). There’s something incredibly raw and real about her struggles to navigate her world while also trying to get clean so she can someday return to her son. And I loved, loved, loved the plot twists! I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book, because I just couldn’t put it down without knowing what happened next.
One of the fun things about this book is that it also includes set photos from the TV show and Blake’s notes on taking Letty’s story from the page to the screen. It’s rare for authors to be so closely involved in the screen adaptations of their works so it’s a real treat to know that Crouch is so closely involved with the TNT production of Good Behavior. I really enjoyed reading about Letty and I’m excited to watch Michelle Dockery portray her on the screen!
Good Behavior (paperback, 288 pages) is available now at booksellers like Amazon and Book Depository. And don’t forget to catch Good Behavior Tuesdays at 9/8c on TNT!