Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Not Scary but Definitely Creepy Books


“So what, ghosts can’t hurt you. That’s what I thought then.”  Stephen King, Bag of Bones

I am no fan of ghosts or monster novels that is why I am kinda having some hard time with today’s The Broke and the Bookish‘s Halloween-inspired Top Ten Tuesday.

October 27: Halloween themed freebie

So instead of promising that this list will be full of SCARY novels, which I cannot actually promise, I opted to share to you books that definitely gave me creeps. Here are the Ten Not Scary but Definitely Creepy Books:

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Death is the storyteller of this book, isn’t it creepy?

2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

Susie Salmon, a teenage girl raped and murdered, told her gruesome story from heaven.  Yeah, for me it’s creepy.

3. 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

A serial killer murders who murders newly-wed brides really sounds creepy to me.

4. Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob

The main plot is actually a bit ordinary but the ending definitely give me creeps.

5. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

I had a lot of goosebumps when the main twist was told, it’s just… unexpected.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Just like Leaving Time, I was not also ready when I reached the end of this book. It’s just so creepy!

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

Gone Girl

This novel and its movie are not just creepy. They are insane!!!

8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

I never sang “Ten Little Indian Boys” after I read this book.

9. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

As a sucker of whodunit and muder mysteries, this book indeed gave me a lot of creeps.

10. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

Rising Sun

As the first full-length novel that I have read, this book introduced me to the world of gross murders and thrilling plot. So yes, this complete my list.

Photo credits: All book covers are from Goodreads.

So that was it!

I hope you agree that these books are creepy enough!

I would love to hear your thoughts!

And to read your list, too!


66 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Not Scary but Definitely Creepy Books”

  1. Creepily enough I’ve read many of the books on your list. It’s just the genre I enjoy (particularly Christie). I read The Book Thief for a book club. I read Lovely Bones because I was bored (and I was sorry I did. I did NOT like it). I’ve read “Rising Sun” and found Criton to be wordy and what I call “chewy” (which means I have trouble wading through all the words)..but it is a compelling book. Yes. And Patterson? I read that ONE and have never had the stomach to read any of the others (all 15 or 16 now isn’t it or have I missed a few?). I wasn’t creeped out by him, just bored by the end. I am going to read Picoult – thanks for the recommend. I’ve never read any of hers, but know others that like her immensely. The title is intriguing too! Thanks! 😀

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    1. Yay! I always love to read your insightful comments! 🙂

      Creepy thrillers are also my fave genre so glad to know someone who’s knowledgeable with it! 🙂

      I am sorry you didn’t like The Lovely Bones because I just love it. 🙂 And I agree that Michael Crichton’s novels are really wordy, they are I think always more than 400 pages. 😀

      Oh I cannot know how many Patterson are there anymore because his series are all more than 10 books! 😀

      Glad Leaving Time piqued your interest. I hope you will like it. 🙂

      Thank you!


      1. Yes. The only thing she did that I don’t really like is the stuff with Desi. It may have been really psycho but I think I may have seen her point of doing so, a tiny teenie little bit of a point, that is. Hahahaha

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  2. I did something similar with my list. I alllllmost added Cuckoo’s Clock because of the reveal and the atmosphere, so I’m glad you did. I stayed away from Lovely Bones for a long time because of the premise, but I actually enjoyed it a lot, though the way Susie died is definitely creepy.

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    1. Yay! Please read the Lovely Bones novel. It is really creepy. 🙂

      I agree! Michael Crichton introduced me to reading mystery/crime books. He is the reason why I become a book love, too. 🙂

      Thank you, Ayunda!

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  3. I love, love, LOVE The Book Thief! Such an amazing book, I’ve not read any of the others you mentioned but I’ll have to check some of them out 🙂


  4. Wow, what a terrific list. And your comments about them are accurate and witty. Let’s see, scary (or creepy) books. In high school, I read Dracula. Scary and creepy. The novel Frankentstein–creepy because the monster is not the monster. I read Ghost Story by Peter Straub and had to put it down. But I picked it up later and finished it. Some of the Alex Cross novels are creepy because we are given what’s in the mind of killers, and the description of that is really well-done and therefore really creepy. Sanctuary by Clive Barker is scary, but the main character is ennobling. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a novel for young adults that is scary and creepy. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle has creepy moments (it’s also for young adults). So does That Hidden Strength by C. S. Lewis. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie is scary and sad. The Skull Beneath the Skin by P. D. James is a sophisticated murder mystery that has creepy things happening. And, counting the Alex Cross stories as one, I think that’s ten. I like your list more. Thank you!

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    1. Oh wow! Thank you for sharing these 10 creepy and scary books! 🙂 I have read one Alex Cross novel, James P. is one of my fave myster/crime writers by the way, and I do agree that stories told by the criminal himself is really scary!

      Thank you for dropping by! 🙂

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  5. Thanks for the great list! I’ve scary, creepy, mysterious stories. Loved the Rising Sun. It’s one of the first few books I’d owned. Haven’t read the others. 😁 Will try to get my hands on them. 😉 Thanks for the recommendation! 😄

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