Carole Barrowman loves a haunted house story. She shares a few spooky reads below:
1. The Nesting by CJ Cooke (Berkley)
There’s actually two houses in this creepy psychological novel, but the one with all the scary issues is isolated in the dark woods of Norway where a young woman takes a job as a nanny and realizes the chill and the cold are not just from the Fjords.
2. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Riverhead)
The creepy house in this skillfully crafted story is falling apart and so is the family who lives in it. There are strange hauntings, madness, and very creepy wallpaper. A village doctor is strangely drawn to Hundreds Hall, the mansion in the story, when a possessed dog does something very strange.
3. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons (Gallery Books)
This slow building suspense novel takes a creative twist on the haunted house genre. The house in this novel is actually a very modern house next door and bad things are happening to the people inside the house. The tension in this story build slowly and then… watch out!
4. The House of a Hundred Whispers by Graham Masterton (Head of Zeus)
The house in this terrifically creepy novel is set in “Hounds of Baskerville” territory, Dartmoor, where a dysfunctional family arrives at their haunted mansion to claim their inheritance. And you know those stories never end well.