Here are some spooky books our TAB members have read and loved in the past few weeks. We’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries taken from Novelist.
Lord of the Flies, William Golding – FIC GOL
The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco – YMYS MAN
A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs – YFIC RIG
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
The Last Magician, Lisa Maxwell – YSF MAX
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are from the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives. Esta is a talented thief. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
Ghosts By Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense, ed. Jack Dann and Nick Gevers – FIC 808.83 G
A collection of steampunk and supernatural tales that breathes new life into the Victorian and Edwardian ghost story for a new generation of readers.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins – FIC HAW
Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman’s disappearance.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley – FIC SHE
A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, Kate Moore – 363.1799 M 2017
This is the story of hundreds of young, vibrant women who were sentenced to death by their employers. The so-called “Radium Girls” painted luminescent faces on clock and watch dials using a paint mixture that contained radium. Instructed to “lip-point” their brushes as they painted, they absorbed high doses of radium into their bodies. When the effects of the radium led to horrific disfigurement and pain, the company refused to take responsibility.