“This can be entire books you found frightening or just specific scenes from those books, but discuss books that weren’t technically supposed to scare you, but did.”
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Now I love books that turn out creepy or scarier than I expected. Usually it can be down to a vivid setting and something unsettling happens, or simply that the topic is scary because it is close to real-life. I love a bit of adrenaline, especially when it comes out of nowhere, and these are the top non-horror book which scared me in one way or another. All I would recommend!
5/ Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This was scary mainly due to the constant threat the main characters had of getting killed, and threats just around the corner. Also the weird event that happened with the cows?! That really freaked me out.
4/ Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
Now this wasn’t ‘scary’, but I was really unnerved by the whole Tri-Wizard tournament, and also of what happened to Cedric. It showed that, not only has the darker era of Harry Potter begun, but also that it proved J.K. Rowling was not afraid to kill off likeable characters (including later books).
3/ The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
This is one of those where I was scared because this is actually happening in America right now and it could so easily happen to anyone if they were in the wrong place/wrong time. As I don’t live in America and would not be as likely to have this affect me, it still felt very real and really any kind or terror act can still happen anywhere unexpectedly. Because to be honest, we do live in a scary world and we don’t know what may happen!
2/ Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moïra Fowley-Doyle
I have included this book in a few posts already, but I was so pleasantly surprised by it! It’s magical realism and the plot drives around a group of kids who mess around with witchcraft and spells. A good portion of the book took place either in a dark (scary) woods, or in an abandoned estate (also scary), and there were many times I felt creeped out at some of the little events which I think added to the enjoyment of this book.
1/ Animal Farm – George Orwell
This is another one where it feels close to real life. It was scary because this book perfectly illustrated how easily governments of power can slip further and further to Communism. In such a short book, Orwell showed the reader that ‘snowball effect’ which can happen all too quickly, especially in this day and age. It’s worrying that a lot of the elements shown in the book can be seen in regular day-to-day politics.
Those are my non-horror books which I found scary or creepy or unsettling. I wonder what books you found scary which was not a horror book? I’d love to know!
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