Scary Books to Read by the Campfire

Hey, Savvy Readers!

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably aching to go on an extended weekend getaway in order to take advantage of the last few days of summer! But as you know, no trip to the cottage or camping excursion would be complete without a thrilling or horrific read to keep you up at night.. So we’ve put together a list of books you need to bring along with you. 


House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

After escaping from her brutal English boarding school, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is excited when an old woman offers her a job as a maid in a boarding house. But once she arrives, she quickly learns that the owner, Mr. Morningside, is serving up his own brand of dark justice on his guests, in a house where there are distortions and lies around every corner.


As I Descended by Robin Talley

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are the power couple at Acheron Academy, but the only thing standing in the way of the future they want is Delilah Dufrey—campus superstar, and the winner of the Cawdor Kingsley Prize scholarship.  When Maria and Lily learn of the dark power that is housed in their school, they think they have found the answer to their problems, but when fatalities start rising and madness causes reality to blur, they must reverse the series of events they put in motion.


Talon of God by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman

This dark urban fantasy is set in the mean streets of Chicago and centres around Lauryn, a beautiful doctor, whose investigation into a new drug sweeping her city leads her to understanding the battle against Satan’s army, and the human agents that are trying to enslave humanity.  Now, with the help and training of the legendary man of God, Talon Hunter, she must discover her inner strength before millions die and blood flows throughout the world.


The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

This suspenseful, modern western is set in a mysterious rural Texas town, where criminals are taken from their lives, have their memories altered, and are given new identities-all for the promise of a fresh start.  Sherriff Calvin Cooper has been able to keep the peace for the last eight years. However, when a suicide and murder occur in quick succession, the true depths of violence, betrayal, and heartache throughout the town are in danger of being unearthed.


The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

In this new trilogy, centered around Vikings in a land ruled by gods and warring men, the story follows Ragnvald Eysteinsson who grew up believing he would one day take his dead father’s place as the chief of his family’s land. But he is suddenly betrayed and left for dead by his stepfather, Olaf. Upon meeting the Norse warrior Harald of Vestfold, rumored to be a prophesized king, Ragnvald may have everything he needs to rescue his sister from Olaf’s cruelty, exact his revenge, and claim his birthright.


The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Charlotte and Samantha Quin’s happy small-town life was torn apart by an attack that left their mother dead and their father, a notorious defense attorney, devastated.  Now, twenty-eight years later, Charlotte, having followed in her father’s footsteps, is plunged into investigating a case that has left the town traumatized, which unleashes her own suppressed memories, and the truths that can’t stay buried.


Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

When Sophie begins to date Leon, her friend Frankie isn’t sure about him and warns her against it.  Shortly after the beginning of their romance, Sophie vanishes, last seen at the town’s Victorian pier.  Twenty years later, bodily remains are found by the pier and Frankie, thinking she might find closure, returns to her old hometown.  But as she relives old memories, while also looking for support from Sophie’s sister Daniel, she begins to wonder if the woman she sees on the pier at night is really Sophie, and if her family, her sanity and her life are all at stake.


Chaos by Patricia Cornwall

In the twenty-fourth thriller starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, she is tasked with investigating the death of twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel.  It looks like an open-and-shut case, with Elisa having seemingly been struck by lightning while riding her bicycle. Scarpetta however, doesn’t believe that and once she begins receiving threatening and bizarre poems from a cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie, she enlists the help of her partner and husband Pete Marino, FBI analyst Benton Wesley, and her niece Lucy to catch this mysterious and elusive figure.


Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Detective Manon Bradshaw is five months pregnant and, determined to achieve a better work-life balance, transfers back to the town of Cambridgeshire to work in the cold case department.  But while she is trying to convince herself that she is happy in this position, she can’t help but step into a briefing involving the stabbing of a wealthy businessman near the police headquarters.  Once she learns of the startling revelation that the victim and the prime suspect are closely linked to her, she must reconsider how well she knows the people she loves most.


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

In a divided city, overrun by monsters, Kate Harker and August Flynn are on opposite sides of a conflict.  Kate wants to be like her father, who let monsters roam free to make humans pay for his protection.  August, a monster who can steal souls using a strain of music, is as good hearted as his father.  When the chance comes for someone to keep an eye on Kate, August jumps at it.  But after a failed assassination, the two must join together to flee for their lives.

What do you think Savvy Readers?  What kinds of stories keep you up late at night?  Let us know @SavvyReader!


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