A few novels to send chills up your spine

info@islandpacket.comOctober 28, 2012 

While the temperature in Beaufort is not that cold yet, you can feel those goose bumps by reading some good books at the library.


One of the most requested adult books at the moment is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. As Nick Dunne halfheartedly faces his fifth wedding anniversary, he arrives home to find signs of a struggle in his living room and his wife missing. Hours turn into days, and the police begin to suspect Nick of having murdered her. His mistress is furious with him, his twin sister begins to doubt him, and his mother-in-law avoids him.

As Nick follows the clues in a treasure hunt toward the anniversary present his wife left behind, he begins to see a more sinister explanation than even murder for her disappearance. To his horror, no one believes him.

The reader is treated to excerpts from the wife's diary, supposedly written over seven years and describing a woman who is constantly hopeful that her marriage will improve. Why is the diary hidden? What twisted "evidence" will the police find in the shed behind Nick's twin sister's home? Author Flynn keeps us turning the pages to find the shocking answers.


Another chilling tale is "The Glass Demon" by Helen Grant. British teen Lin Fox is not happy about moving to Germany, where her professor-father is in search of a set of medieval stained-glass windows rumored to be haunted by a demon depicted on one panel.

Lin thinks the idea of a haunting is foolish until people in the nearby village begin dying surrounded by shards of broken glass. As she tells us early in her German stay, "There are demons, and they are more terrible than we can imagine." "The Glass Demon," while shelved in the adult section of the library, is suitable for older teens as well.


In the teen section, you'll find a first novel by Jill Hathaway called "Slide." Everyone thinks Vee is a narcoleptic, but during her sudden descents into "sleep" she really moves into someone else's consciousness, seeing only what that person sees.

Vee manages to live with her unwanted ability until she sees the murder of her younger sister's friend during one of her episodes. Only Vee knows that the girl's apparent suicide was murder, and she cannot explain to anyone how she knows.

Another suspicious suicide occurs, and Vee begins to fear that her sister is next. What can she do? Can she discover the identity of the murderer and find a way to control him during a "slide?"


The library has a teen series called The Homelanders that can provide a shiver even without one single supernatural element. The three books in the series are "The Last Thing I Remember," "The Long Way Home," and "The Final Hour."

Author Andrew Klavan introduces us to 17-year-old Charlie who goes to bed after a day in high school and wakes up being tortured by terrorists who seem to think he's a member of their terrorist cell and has betrayed them.

Eventually, it becomes apparent that Charlie is also on the run from the police after breaking out of prison where he was serving a sentence for murdering a friend.

Charlie, who thinks of himself as loyal to his country, loyal to his family, loyal to his church and loyal to his friends, cannot imagine how he has arrived at this point.

The books have lots of plot twists and believable characters, both good guys and bad.

If none of these books are to your taste, come on into the library. We have lots more.

Fran Hayes is the branch manager at the Beaufort library.

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