Are you someone who goes to a scary movie just to, well, get scared? If so, then this week’s Heat Index has been written just for you. It’s not every day that truly horrifying books come across our desks here at BookTrib, but when they do we pay special attention to the ones that put the “jeepers” in jeepers creepers. Hang on to your hats, because this list will scare you silly.
In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware (Scout Press, August 4)
Heat Index: Waking up in a hospital room with the realization that you spent part of the past 48 hours with a dead body sounds horrifying. Add in secrets and terrifying motives and you’ve got a recipe for a dark read, but there was too much confusion for us to really get rolling with this read.
Eeny Meeny, M.J. Arlidge (Penguin Publishers, June 2)
“Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough, and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs to send a particularly personal message.” — Author Lisa Gardner
Heat Index: Pitting two people against each other in a test of survival brought out a terrifying factor, which drove us under the covers on a summer night. Though Arlidge’s thriller was exciting, it was almost too scary.
Bradstreet Gate: A Novel, Robin Kirman (Crown Publishing Group, July 7)
Heat Index: This Harvard campus murder mystery that stretches over a 10-year period was both fun and frightening. From guilt to disappointment to friendship, we had a tough time putting this one down.
Finders Keepers, Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton, June 2)
“Bellamy is one of King’s creepiest creations. His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail-biting suspense that’s the hallmark of King’s best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.” — Publishers Weekly
Heat Index: When a fan exacts revenge on his favorite author, it sets in motion a story of obsession and greed. We literally sat on the edge of our seats as King’s story took us on a frightful journey. Being scared never felt so exciting.
The Hand That Feeds You, A.J. Rich (Scribner Publishing, July 7)
“Master storytellers Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, writing as Rich, pose provocative questions: Do nice people attract murderers? Can we ever really know anyone? Inspired by the betrayal of a friend in real life, this riveting read’s masterly prose style sets it apart.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
Heat Index: The Hand That Feeds You is exactly what nightmares are made out of when Morgan, who is studying victim psychology, becomes just that: a victim. Rich’s book intertwines real life and storytelling, which results in a shocking and hair-raising read that, we have to admit, left us ready to start again from page 1.