All I care to do right now is return to bed with a cup of hot tea, a packet of biscuits and my latest read. While I should probably be making the most of my freedom while we’re still allowed out of the house, I just don’t want to. Thankfully it’s rained all weekend giving me the perfect opportunity to nest.
Give me dark ghostly reads and fucked up characters over real life, any day.
Here’s my plan for the next few weeks – although there’s a mighty Stephen King tome in there so realistically, give me until the end of the year.
The Lost Ones by Anita Frank
Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.
Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.
A haunted house and dark family tragedy! Bring it on, baby. This is the book I’m currently reading and I am so far enjoying it. It puts me in mind of The Little Stranger as most haunted house books do (as far as I’m concerned that book is right up there) and I’m looking forward to it kicking off.
Stella is a complex character mourning the loss of her fiance Gerald in the war, while Madeleine is pregnant and alone in her mother-in-law’s sprawling estate, while her husband is stationed elsewhere. When Stella joins her sister at Greyswick, little things start to strike her as odd and she sets out to uncover the family’s best kept secret.
You and Me by Nicola Rayner
This is not a love story…
Watching sunrises together should have been romantic. But you were always inside with your wife, and I sat in your garden, in the shadows.
I thought you’d never know how I felt about you. Until one night, I witnessed a terrible crime. I wanted it to bring us closer together.
But now the secrets are tumbling out. And they could tear everything apart…
This is the second book by Rayner, who just happens to be Matt’s sister-in-law which is so cool and means I’m even more invested in her works. Her debut, The Girl Before You was gripping AF so I have no doubt I’m going to be impressed with this one too.
I love a stalker story and although I’ve read the synopsis, I have no more than that to go on so it’s all going to be a surprise to me. I will obviously review the good books I read, and this will almost definitely feature.
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
When Mike Noonan’s wife dies unexpectedly, the bestselling author suffers from writer’s block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs.
Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his deceased son’s daughter and is twisting the fabric of the community to this purpose.
Three year old Kyra and her young mother turn to Mike for help. And Mike finds them increasingly irresistible.
But there are other more sinister forces at Sara Laughs – and Kyra can feel them too…
Of all these books, this will have to be the last one I pick up because it’s massive and it will probably occupy me until the end of the year. I’m very into King as you know and this is one of his stories I haven’t read yet.
I honestly believe every Autumn/Winter should feature a juicy Stephen King read and my lovely horror soulmate Matt is going to read along with me. Which makes it even more special. My only dilemma with this is that I own the physical book – which is the size of a phone book – and I’m not sure whether to purchase it on the Kindle as well, just to save my wrists.
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates
People whisper rumors about a family murdered at Ashburn House. They say its old owner, Edith, went mad in the building, and that restless ghosts walk the halls at night.
When Adrienne arrives on the gothic house’s doorstep, all she has is a suitcase, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. She doesn’t know why her estranged Aunt Edith bequeathed Ashburn to her, but it’s a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.
Another haunted house story, this one reminiscent of The Woman in Black? I SHOULD COCO.
Again, I don’t know much but the protagonist rocks up to a haunted house with her pet cat in tow? What more do I need to know? Honestly, I am very easily pleased. Sit me down with a ghost story and I’m happy as a clam.