This week is all about books that did scare me! As I mentioned last week when I spoke about things that don’t terrify me, I’m mostly scared by things I consider to be plausible or that play into my own insecurities and fears.
So, here are some books I found really scary…
Top 5 books that did scare you
Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam
The feeling of not knowing was the driver behind why I felt so unsettled by this book. A family are on holiday in the middle of nowhere when the owners of the house turn up seeking shelter as some unknown event has happened in New York. It is accompanied by a sound that is indescribable. Everything in this book is penned as being outside of any knowable concept the human race currently has. Although I didn’t enjoy the plot of this book and felt a little deflated by the end, this was a masterpiece in atmosphere creation.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
This is another atmosphere-driven book which had my heart in my mouth. As a man and his son walk through desolated North America, the threats are so real – lack of food and shelter, no medicines where the most trivial of infections could prove fatal, desperate bandits willing to go to any measure to survive. I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read as it marries atmosphere, lyrical prose and a powerful, visceral relationship between father and son and the quest for survival.
The Stand by Stephen King
How can you have a list of scary books without the master Stephen King?! I read The Stand in December 2020 because reading a book about a pandemic in a pandemic is a fabulous idea! The isolation was the scariest aspect of this book, particularly when the disease wiping out the population is so unknown.
Things To Do Before The End of the World by Emily Barr
I reviewed this book as part of a book tour and, although I didn’t overly enjoy it, I found the world in which the action takes places to be truly terrifying. The action happens in a world where the permafrost is melting releasing toxic gases, and the day from which the world will be uninhabitable to humans looms. The references to birds falling dead out of the sky and the world almost carrying on as normal but there being a distinct feel of urgency really got to me as we are becoming ever more conscious of the damage we are doing to our planet.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
A threat that you if you see it, it will turn you insane and you will die, which means you have to live your life blindfolded and unknowing of the threat was terrifying for me. I adored Brid Box and I really enjoyed the film too as the threat was ever present, the action relentless, and the tension was palpable.
I would absolutely love to hear of books that scared you! Or, maybe you read some of these and didn’t find them scary at all!