It’s that time of the year again, folks, and we’re here to round up our top ten list of books with, shall we say, bite. These are all 2016 releases – you can check out 2015’s picks here and 2014’s here. Interested in more spooky reads? TYF staffer Camille has been featuring some creeptastic books in her Booktober feature!
But without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my selection:
A Darkly Beating Heart – Lindsay Smith
A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.
No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.