Spooky Books To Read For Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful season. Yes, the colours are sublime, but it also makes us think of cosy blankets and socks, hot chocolate and of course . . . books!

What’s better than getting comfy and warm and sitting with a book in your hand. The nights are dark and that means it’s a great time to read something a little spooky and mysterious!

Here are some recommendations for autumn reads.

“The Unravelling” by Polly Crosby

Tartelin Brown is very much alone in the world, so is tempted by a job advert asking for a companion for a lady who also lives alone on a small island. The lady, Marriane Stourbridge is strange and mysterious and wants Tartelin to collect butterflies for her research. During her time on the island Tartelin soon realises that there is more going on than she thinks, and secrets and a disturbing history are about to unfurl.


“The Corset” by Laura Purcell


This spooky Victorian thriller will keep you guessing! Is young prisoner Ruth Butterham really a murderer? Is she a victim of a great injustice? Dorothea Truelove performs charitable work and that leads her to Ruth in Oakgate Prison. Is there more to the poor young seamstress than meets the eye? Does she possess a power to harm with simply a needle and thread? The Corset is a dark and gripping story you won’t forget!


“The Story Keeper” by Anna Mazzola

It’s 1857 and and Audrey Hart is on the Isle Of Skye to collate the fairy and folk tales of the island that have been passed down through the years. She is met with suspicion and this is only made worse when she discovers a body washed up on the beach. She learns it’s not the first one. The islanders believe a restless spirit is taking revenge, but that can’t be true, can it?


“People Of Abandoned Character” by Clare Whitfield

What if you thought your husband was Jack The Ripper? Ooh, lock your doors and switch off your phone, because you won’t be able to put this one down! We’re in London in 1888 and Susannah finds herself in a whirlwind marriage to a wealthy surgeon. After a while his behaviour becomes more and more strange and Susannah starts reading all the accounts of the mysterious and dangerous Jack who is terrorising Whitehall. Is there a connection to her husband? This is deliciously dark.

If you’re looking for something to read, not just spooky books, we have lots of reviews for you.


Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!