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Ten On Tuesday

The spooky season is upon us, my friends. Scary entertainment abounds from movies to music to books. Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is all about scary reading: 10 Favorite Thriller/Suspense Books. Let’s go!

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  1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Vampires at their very best.
  2. The Shining, also by Stephen King. Heeeeeere’s Johnny!
  3. Misery by Stephen King. Maybe I should have just made this topic 10 Favorite Stephen King books.
  4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Another really good vampire story.
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson. Of the trilogy, I enjoyed this one the most.
  6. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. So creepy and scary!
  7. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. It’s really all about Mrs. Danvers.
  8. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. The movie was crap but the book was great.
  9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I love me a good gothic novel.
  10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Before all the hoopla and hype and attention made it too trendy this was a great suspense story.

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  1. That Mrs Danvers is super-creepy, isn’t she? I still need to watch the movie now that the story is fresh in my mind. I love seeing how Dan Brown gets Robert Langdon out of those cliff-hangers…because we know he must live on for anther story!

  2. Salem’s Lot. Scariest thing I ever read. Read late into a summer night hoping to be able to sleep well after I was done. I fell asleep on the couch and when Mom woke me to go to bed I just about levitated off the couch!

  3. I’m not much of a suspense reader. although I have read a couple on your list. I liked Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Suspense isn’t a genre I read often although I like a good book no matter what.

  4. That Stephen King! No one does thriller/suspense better! (I’m surprised he didn’t conjure Mrs. Danvers himself . . .)

  5. Check out “Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (The Lottery / The Haunting of Hill House / We Have Always Lived in the Castle)”. You have inspired me to reread her.

  6. The Shining is my favorite on your list. I have not read the book but have seen the movie dozens of times. I’m not much of a suspense/thriller reader. I am, however, a huge thriller/horror movie watcher!

  7. When thinking of suspense novels, Rebecca is the first one that comes to mind and I think one of the best… and the movie was pretty creepy too!

  8. Yikes! I’m with you on Stephen King—I was too terrified to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom for weeks after reading “The Shining”. I also liked “Pet Cemetary.”

  9. With all the movie buzz, I was surprised not to see “Gone Girl”. Good psychological spine tingler. The only Stephen King I have read is “The Tommyknockers” (substitute teaching and kids eveywhere had their noses in it). Anyway, it wa dreadful, and looooong and I turned off King. I keep,hearing “The Shining” is is best, so maybe oughtmto try it.

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