Tuesday, August 15

Chilling Novels for Those Who Like 'Em Dark

Hello everyone! I'm so so SO glad Top Ten Tuesday is back, because, as a lover of lists, I've been missing it so much. I broke my brain trying to think of a cool topic for today, something that maybe not a lot of people would be doing, and finally decided next to dark books with truly disturbed characters that will surely make you sit tight with nerves until - or even after - you finish the book. 

Now, these aren't necessary horror novels, many are mysteries, but they all contain some dark shit, be that the characters or certain scenarios. I'll tell you in a few words why each is worth reading and even share some quotes to make you all really feel the dark, chilling atmosphere of these books. 

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

 main character's younger sister is a psychopath and it is up to him to him to try to protect everyone from her ◀️

Rosa is this tiny, cute girl who fools literally 99% of the people she knows, so imagine being the one person who KNOWS that she's disturbed◀️

*shudders* ◀️

“Killing things shouldn't make you happy, Rosa. That's why they're worried.”
My Sister Rosa

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

▶️ main character doesn't only lives in this creepy-ass place on her own, basically, but she and her family are cursed #nice

▶️ the atmosphere will have you shivering, because yeez, these people are creepy

“You were still as a statue, and yet you went higher than me. As if someone I couldn’t see was pushing you. It scared me, Madeline.” 
The Fall

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

spring break gone VERY wrong when one girl ends up dead ◀️

 main character becomes the prime suspect and goes through all this misfortune ◀️

reveal of the killer is... woah◀️

Daughter Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics 

▶️ family moves out to the prairie that is totally abandoned and supposedly cursed

▶️only people living somewhat nearby creep the MC out

▶️ MC is being haunted, but the rest of the family can't see anything

“I think you should be angry if you’re angry. But it’s also true that hate has a way of hurting you more than the person you’re hating.”
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

main character lived most of her life in a cult, lived through terrible things - many flashbacks ◀️

book takes place in prison, because she hurt really badly someone after escaping the cult ◀️

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

▶️ two girls living in the same body, one comes out at night, one in the daylight - look at me rhyming

▶️ is this real or is the girl mentally ill? 

▶️ lots of creepiness and mindfuckery here

“They think I don't exist . . . they think I'm like a disease. I'm infecting Carly.”
The Dead House

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

main character was brought up by his serial killer father, thinking what he was doing was the norm ◀️

he is living a semi-normal life now, but shards of his childhood haunt him still◀️

Made for You by Melissa Marr

▶️ the main character is nearly murdered by someone she likely knows for unknown reason

▶️ EVERYONE is suspicious

▶️ sick as hell POV of that person

“Best of an island is once you get there - you can't go any farther...you've come to the end of things...” 
And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

bunch of people who don't know each other are invited to an island and murdered one by one ◀️

it can be ANY of them murdering them ◀️

the ending had me in shock ◀️

       “Sometimes the loveliest places harbor the worst monsters.”
A Madness So Discreet   

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

▶️ main character is taken to an asylum, because she fell pregnant, treated horribly there

▶️ even when she's taken to a better institution she still - understandably - isn't over what happened to her, some darkness remains

▶️ criminology used when it was not taken very seriously

Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

the main character is the maid working for the notorious Borden family◀️

she HAS TO earn money so she stays despite the strange Bordens... or the voices she hears◀️

pretty cool conclusion to a real life unsolved murder ◀️

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

▶️ creepy porcelain dolls that need to be locked up

▶️ MC moves to Scotland to live with old family friends who she barely knows

▶️ everyone is... weird. who should she trust?? (there's someone she REALLY shouldn't)

the boy the main character was/is in love with has passes away... what they know about his death doesn't add up, so she investigates  ◀️

ghosts! ◀️

one of the darkest mysteries of ever◀️

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

▶️ everyone knows this book, tbh

▶️ two sides to their story, WHICH ONE IS TRUE?

▶️ revenge plot

Have you read any of these novels? What did you think? What's your favorite novel or novels that you consider dark?

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  1. I want to read And Then There Were None so badly!! I don't know why I keep putting it off, but I need to find a copy asap because sooner or later, the ending will be spoilt for me haha! These are some terrifying, but also kinda intriguing picks, Veronika!

    1. You totally should, because it's one hell of a novel. Very suspenseful, you'll likely suspect everyone at one point or another. Thank you. :)

  2. I loved I Hunt Killers, it's perfect for this list! My Sister Rosa sounds so incredibly creepy, I have to check it out.

    1. If you loved I Hunt Killers, you'll definitely love My Sister Rosa. It has a sort of similar vibe, even though it is very different, of course.

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  4. Ooooh, Dangerous Girls was amazing, and definitely dark! My Sister Rosa, A Madness So Discreet and Made for You all song great, and I've added them to my TBR. I have an eBook of I Hunt Killers and I cannot wait to get to it! Thanks for this, I love darker reads.

    Rekha @ Million Book Mill

    1. DG is one of my fave mystery-thrillers, it was so full of suspense and surprises! Ooh, I think you'd like all of these if you like darker reads!!

  5. Cool and very chilling list! :)
    And Then There Were None is a classic and it's still gold. You just don't see what's coming. Same with Gone Girl. I will add some of these on my TBR :D

    1. Thanks! :D
      Yes, those two are definitely so popular to this day, which is especially impressive for And Then There Were None.

  6. This is definitely a chilling list! The quote from My Sister Rosa drew me in, but I'm not usually a fan of this genre.

    1. My Sister Rosa IS very dark at parts, but also feels like a simple Contemporary Romance at others, so maybe that'd be perfect for someone who isn't that into dark books. :)

  7. I love your list! It helps that I do, in fact, like 'em dark! ;) Loved seeing My Sister Rosa on there- such a chilling book. I just finished Dangerous Girls earlier this month (I read it at the beach, it seemed fitting), and if you haven't read With Malice by Eileen Cook yet, then you should. I still need to read And Then There Were None, but I did read Ten by Gretchen McNeil, which is a YA take on the book.

    1. Thank you! :) Dangerous Girls is perfect for the beach, you did so well. :D I really liked With Malice, it was a bit of a disappointment was but I think that's mostly because I had HUGE expectations. Ten is on my tbr, I'm really-really excited for that.

  8. Ooh I've read quite a few of these books (and enjoyed them!) I especially liked Gone Girl, Dangerous Girls and Frozen Charlotte!

    1. Those three are all 5 star reads for me! Such amazing books!

  9. Ooh I do like a dark read sometimes! My Sister Rosa does sound chilling, and that quote. Yikes! I thought Dangerous Girls was really good too!

    I need to read Gone Girl, and more Christe too.

    1. Yes, omg, you definitely have to read Gone Girl if you enjoyed darker books. It's one of my all time favorites.

  10. I've read Gone Girl, Dangerous Girls and Frozen Charlotte and was thoroughly creeped out by all three! I'd like to add Dark Places by Gillian Flynn as another creepy book, even more so than Gone Girl.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/top-ten-tuesday-120/

    1. Ooh, yes, I did hear that Dark Places is even darker than GG, so I'm REALLY looking forward to that one.

  11. Ooh I love My Sister Rosa!
    I had no idea Melissa Marr had written another book - I'll definitely have to read Made For You sometime soon! ^_^

    1. Made For You is SO DARK and AMAZING. I didn't like her fairy book, tbh, but this one was SO GOOD.

  12. I don't read a lot of dark books, but Dangerous Girls totally lived up to the hype.

    1. Yes, it did! I think it was THE book that made me really like such books.

  13. Great recs! I have physical copy of The Dead House and I have The Fall, Daughters Unto Devils, and And Then There Were None on my tbr :)

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Thanks! The Dead House is one of my favorites from the list!! It's so suspenseful and dark and also a somewhat creepy.


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