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WheresTheEvidence Sun 08-Jan-17 22:21:52

I'm in a bit of a rut with my reading and wanting to read a page turner like woman in black, the colony, small stranger, the secret of crickley hall etc.

Does anyone have any reccomendations?

I've tried advanced search but obviously not searching for the right terms.

KeithLeMonde Sun 08-Jan-17 22:27:17

Haven't read it because I'm an utter wuss but Turn of the Screw?

WheresTheEvidence Sun 08-Jan-17 22:30:05

I'm a nanny and also remember the bib adaptation from around 1999... I may also be classed as a wuss. I'm not talking scary scary just a threat of menace blush

Cosmicglitterpug Sun 08-Jan-17 22:32:07

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

JoyceDivision Sun 08-Jan-17 22:32:58

Oooh I can recommend!!

Michelle Paver:

1st book is Dark Matter, I've read this and it is one of the very few books that has genuinely creeped me out,so much that when I re-read it, I have to be in bed otherwise I daren't turn the lights off to go upstairs!

She also has a new book, Thin Air. I haven't read it yet, but DH has and says it's fab.

They are both wintery dark night reads

JoyceDivision Sun 08-Jan-17 22:33:16

x post grin

Cosmicglitterpug Sun 08-Jan-17 22:33:53

I couldn't stop thinking about it after. <whimper>

JoyceDivision Sun 08-Jan-17 22:42:16

The post looks closer.... arrghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

noeuf Sun 08-Jan-17 22:45:34

The Girl in the Landing.

Terrifying. Kept looking over shoulder while reading.

noeuf Sun 08-Jan-17 22:47:37

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Landing-Paul-Torday/dp/0753823403#productDescriptionsecondaryy_viewdivv_1483915583243

JoyceDivision Sun 08-Jan-17 22:59:12

looks good noeuf, I've just bought it on your recommendation smile

iamEarthymama Mon 09-Jan-17 00:19:01

If you like police procedural novels that mix a dark atmosphere and sense of the unexplained you will enjoy Phil Rickman's series about the woman priest, Merrily Watkins, in the Borders between England and Wales.

I have just read the 14th in the series; All of a Winter's Night. I devoured it today because I love the characters and want to know the story. Next week I will reread it, taking in the excellent writing and enjoying Phil's skill in creating an atmosphere that makes my skin creep, while I make sure the lights are on!

Later in the year I will probably reread the series over a couple of months.
If you like the idea, begin with the Wine of Angels 99p on Kindle at the moment.
It's not the best of the series but if you enjoy character development, and that is an important part in the enjoyment of these novels, you need to begin at the beginning!

Janey50 Mon 09-Jan-17 00:28:08

I'll second 'The Girl on the Landing' by Paul Today. I read it about 5 years ago and it stuck in my mind for a long time afterwards.

Evilrhooo Mon 09-Jan-17 00:29:39

Definitely the new Susan Hill one. For the life of me can't remember the title grinwine

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 09-Jan-17 10:20:54

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Collector by John Fowles

noeuf Mon 09-Jan-17 14:49:11

Oh well done op, post back and tell us how creeped out you were! At least it's got a second vote.

TaffetaMuttonfudge Mon 09-Jan-17 20:56:08

Just read Dark Matter on recommendation - excellent and couldn't put it down. Thanks! Luckily I'm on maternity leave and DS slept a lot today! grin

Gardenbirdy Mon 09-Jan-17 21:00:19

The Ritual is good, can't remember who wrote it sorry. Not highbrow or anything but a great page-turner.

WheresTheEvidence Mon 09-Jan-17 22:15:43

Thanks guys will take a look - started reading a thriller last night and this morning having had very little sleep and in the dark I was sure I was being followed by a tall woman in a long dark cape; I live in a cathedral city so it was even more daunting walking through the outer cathedral close with her following closely behind me - god knows what she thought as I kept looking behind me as I walked, trying to walk at speed; then walking along by the local boarding school I heard them ringing their bells for some sort of event and in the darkness seriously creeped myself out blush blush blush

PopGoesTheWeaz Mon 16-Jan-17 22:16:16

I tore through Slade House

noeuf Wed 18-Jan-17 20:18:07

How is the girl on the landing going?

MsFortunaMajor Mon 23-Jan-17 10:53:38

Thanks @iamEarthymama, I have just bought the first book in the series for 99p.

smileyfacestar Mon 23-Jan-17 18:38:10

My recommendations:
John Boyne - This House is haunted
The voices or the sleep room by F.R Tallis

Happy reading!

anonymousbird Tue 24-Jan-17 12:50:57

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver definitely.

I am just starting her Thin Air......

Caenea Wed 25-Jan-17 10:13:31

Peter James - The House on Cold Hill - creepy and quite woman in black-ish in terms of haunted/cursed house! Every time the sun flashes off a car window you'll get a bit shivery after...

He writes the Roy Grace novels if you're also into crime thrillers! Soe of the are a bit creepy!

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