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10 books that will make your skin crawl

 

Whether you're a fan of Halloween or just love spine-tingling reads,
the great reads in this list are guaranteed to chill your bones!

The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson:

Now a series on Netflix, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Salem's Lot by Steven King:

Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to 'Salem's Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris:

There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on — if it will help him escape.

World War Z by Max Brooks:

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, World War Z brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman:

There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and other tales by Washington Irving:

The Headless Horseman faces off with Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," a ghost story of enduring popularity that takes place at the time of the American Revolution. "Rip Van Winkle," another traditional favorite from the same historic period, tells the tale of man who fell asleep for 20 years and found his small town in the Catskill Mountains much changed by the time he awakened. Both are included — along with many other tales — in this classic collection by Washington Irving.

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice:

In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.

Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey:

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. She's a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.
But there's another side to Liz---one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.
And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

The Passage by Justin Cronin:

An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil.
Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world.
She is.
Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
He's wrong.
FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
It is.
THE PASSAGE.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill:

A spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, centred around a woman trying to save her son from a vicious, supernatural killer who has set his sights on him.

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Spotlight on QBD: Canberra Centre , ACT

 

Our Canberra team have a slew of recommended reads for you!

If you're not sure what book to pick up next, just ask and they'll sort you out!

 

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas:

The book I'm most excited for this Christmas is definitely Kingdom of Ash. As the final book in the fantastic Throne of Glass series, Sarah J Maas promises to deliver another lethal dose of her trademark powerful women, immersive fantasy and emotional anguish. If you enjoy young adult fantasy and haven't already read this series then now is the time to start!

Pick up your copy in store from October 23 and let me vent to you about how much I love Dorian. – Charlotte

Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey:

Pig is shamelessly naughty and back to teach his next lesson about cleanliness. Aaron Blabey's rhyming and wonderful illustrations make for an engaging read. Pig the Grub is a delightfully simple and fun story, bound to make any child or adult smile no matter how many times it's read.
- Alice

No Friend But The Mountains by Omid Tofighian & Behrouz Boochani:

Both an account of the ongoing imprisonment of refugees at Manus island and a literary exploration of life in seemingly perpetual imprisonment, No Friend But The Mountains is a tragic, yet beautifully written book. Translated via texts sent from within the detention centre, I would recommend this book as necessary reading for anyone interested in the situation of refugees coming to Australia. While it makes for difficult and even confronting reading, the experiences and writing of those on Manus remind us that hope and free expression can be found in the darkest of places. - Yann

Sisters' Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud:

Of all the books in store, the one I recommend most often is Sister's Entrance, by Emtithal 'Emi' Mahmoud.

Emi is a UNHR Goodwill Ambassador & winner of the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Her poem 'how to translate a joke' (featured in Sisters' Entrance) has over 150k views on Youtube, and speaks with a clarity and eloquence that is as breathtaking as it is educational.

Her poetry is alive and kicking, making Sister's Entrance perfect for countering any who believe that poetry belongs to aging academics, dead playwrights, and Banjo Paterson. -Jerzy

Skulduggery Pleasant 11: Midnight by Derek Landy:

The latest book in the fabulous series, Midnight is another rollicking read from start to finish. As always the banter and sass between Skulduggery and Valkyrie is the highlight of this amazing writing. A funny, engaging yet dark read that builds on everything the series has given us so far and then goes a little further. Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter with a dash of Doctor Who. A recipe for great quotes and a team that you'll wish you were cool enough to be a member of.

A wonderful read for kids aged 9 and up or adults that want an easy read that won't bore them to tears.
(contains violence and magic/horror themes) -Cai

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R Tolkien:

Step back into Middle-Earth with The Fall of Gondolin, the swansong of Christopher Tolkien and illustrator Alan Lee. The Fall of Gondolin completes a trio of extended tales alongside The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien, and is just as prosaic as one expects Tolkien to be.
The book presents two versions of the tale, one a sweeping poetic epic, the other a more traditional narrative. Accompanying these are Christopher Tolkien's notes on his father's work, and Alan Lee's beautiful illustrations.

If you're a Lord of the Rings fan like me, don't miss this one last adventure in Middle-Earth! - Glen

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty:

One of her best releases so far, Nine Perfect Strangers explores the world of health retreats and the lives of the nine people who attend this life changing one. Even with many unexpected twist and turns this is still a light and heart warming title. I read this book in a day, and what a day it was!

Perfect for anyone who love Australian fiction! - Sarah

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith:

After an agonising 3 year wait, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) is back with the 4th installment of the Cormoran Strike series. After finishing Career of Evil on what can be described as a 'mic drop' cliff hanger, leaving us fans screaming what happened next?!

From the first page you are reunited with Robin & Strike where things are a bit tense since the Career of Evil. As they hire their next client, a simple case of blackmail turns into something much larger leaving you guessing until the very last pages.

Lets hope we do not wait another 3 years for the next book, but while you wait I highly suggest you check out the BBC tv series of Strike to ease those cravings. -Courtney

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Reviewsday: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

The Survivors was one of the most complex, gripping historical thrillers I have read. This is the first novel I have read of Kate Furnivall's, and I was thoroughly engrossed from the first page.

Following a story line not common of novels set in the Second World War, The Survivors is not a story of concentration camps or war scenes, but the aftermath of war and the long lasting effects on civilians who have lost everything. The shadow of war lingers heavily over the characters of this novel. Klara and her daughter Alicja suffered through a long and almost deathly journey to get to the Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp after being reunited after the war. After losing Klara's hubsand, Alicja's father during the war, their home was bombed, leaving them with nothing. Far from finding the safety and security they expect at the camp, Klara discovers that a mysterious figure from her past has arrived at the camp, and she fears for both her life and her daughters'.
Who is this man, and what events of her past have led her to fear him so much? And what did Klara do to fear his revenge?

The Survivors shows the depths of a mother's love, and the lengths she will go to in order to protect her child. A story of love and loss, of hope and of despair, it will keep you hooked from the first page. It kept me on the edge of my seat through the intense war scenes, the thrilling journey to freedom, and a fight for survival. The twist at the end had tears streaming down my face, and I wanted to read this book all over again.

I highly recommend The Survivors for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Love That I Have, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, or just for any fans of well written and researched historical fiction.

~ Coreena, QBD Morayfield

Reviewsday: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

This October indulge in an unforgettable tale of enduring love from master storyteller Nicholas Sparks.

Nicholas Sparks has done it again. A story of love, hope, sacrifice and miracles set in a beautiful part of the world. As a reader you can't help but fall in love with the characters and with Sunset Beach.

Tru Walls travels from Zimbabwe to North Carolina to meet his biological father. It is here on the peaceful, quiet, autumnal shores of Sunset Beach that he meets Hope Anderson. The five days Tru and Hope spend together forever changes the course of their lives.

A story of what-ifs, that will demand you question if you believe in fate and destiny. A moving, heart-warming and simultaneously gut-wrenching story from the master of romance and heartache. I feel the need to tell the world about this book, so that others can experience it's beauty.

~ Rosie, Carousel QBD

Reviewsday: Armada by Ernest Cline

Pew Pew Pew!!!

Hurry reader we must find shelter from the laser fire….

Phew…that was close!

You might be wondering where these lasers are coming from…well perhaps it’s time to read Armada by Ernest Cline to find out! Cline’s second novel after his smash release Ready Player One will have you dodging destruction in this alien-infested sci-fi tale. Follow Zack Lightman as he begins to uncover the unsettling truth behind a government cover-up to protect the world from annihilation at the hands of the Europeans…I mean Europans, who’ve made it their sole purpose to destroy Earth and all its inhabitants.

A story fit for teenagers and young adults Armada pays homage to Cline’s personal favourite pop culture references and sources such as those created by the famous sci-fi directors Stephen Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. Set your phasers to kill reader and pray to god you aim is better than a Stormtrooper's - this is going to be a fight you won’t soon forget.

~Liam, Carousel QBD