Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Top 5 Tuesday: Spooky Books That Got My Heart Racing

This week I decided to switch back over and participate in Top 5 Tuesday, originally hosted by BionicBookworm, now hosted by MeeghanReads!

This week's topic is: Books That Got My Heart Racing

Over the past few years, I have found that I absolutely love diving into a dark, dark story that will creep me out and leave me wanting to keep all of the lights on. There are a lot of disturbing books that I've read and have left me feeling just a bit creeped out, but here are five (somewhat random) select ones that left me feeling pretty spooked while reading. Also, if you have any great horror/creepy/etc. recommendations, please do leave them in the comments below!

The Silent Companions

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
This felt like a much more classic spooky ghost story, but it certainly delivered (possibly because dolls are always extra creepy!). 

The Luminous Dead

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
This was pretty scary in a more unique setting, and I felt this intense claustrophobia that the main protagonist's situation evoked, and there was a constant sense of something being out there potentially watching you, but you have no idea where, what, or who. It's creepy and a fantastic book!

Bird Box (Bird Box, #1)

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
This book was so compellingly terrifying that my incessant talking about it even convinced my husband to read, and he rarely reads fiction, let alone horror. This book is so dread-inducing, and I loved every second of it.

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This book so expertly conveys impending dread and sheer terror at what monster is lurking just out of sight... I loved this book!

And the Trees Crept In

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
I love trees, but I also think they can be super creepy. This book really captures that and it's definitely weird. 

Have you read any of these books? What are some books that got your heart racing and left you looking over your shoulder?


  1. The Silent Companions was so creepy - you're so right, it's the dolls!

  2. The Silent Companions does sound good!

  3. I agree! Into The drowning Deep was a trip! I love merfolk though and merfolk horror... yes please.

    I started And the Trees but never finished... not because I didn't like it, but I got sidetracked and I need to start it again!

    Baby teeth was a trip, and I just finished All These Bodies by Kendare Blake...

  4. I listened to And the Trees Crept In and The Luminous Dead on audiobook and the productions for both were outstanding. :)

  5. I loved The Silent Companions, it was much scarier than I expected!