Chilling Reads That Will Keep You Up All Night

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

In this giveaway sponsored by Thomas Nelson Suspense & Mystery, five lucky readers were chosen to win a pack of 8 thrilling, chilling reads.

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The titles are:

  • Heart Failure by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
  • Snapshot and Fatal Tide by Lis Wiehl
  • Stranger Things by Erin Healy
  • Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown
  • Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
  • The Church Builder by A.L. Shields
  • Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye

We asked you to tell us about the last book that kept you up past your bedtime. The list runs the gamut from The Obamacare Handbook to McSweeneys #45 to some of the biggest sellers from the last few years.  First, let’s take a look at your Top 5 Titles:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (25 votes)

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (20 votes)

Night Film by Marisha Pessl (18 votes)

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (11 votes)

The Shining by Stephen King (8 votes)

It should come as no surprise that Stephen King is the author most likely to keep you curled up under the covers, turning the pages. Seven of his titles made the list. In addition to the two spots he occupies in the Top 5, readers stayed up all night with Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Under the Dome, 11/22/63, and Misery.  Gillian Flynn’s novels Sharp Objects and Dark Places also got multiple nods

James Patterson and Dean Koontz each had 5 or more titles on the list, while 4 books from Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series made the list. Readers are also likely to stay up late with “any book by” Ted Dekker, Kate Atkinson, or Agatha Christie. Several series keep readers going long after they should have turned out the lights, including Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels.

Here are a few more of your favorites:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Ready Player One by Ernie Cline

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Inferno and The DaVinci Code  by Dan Brown

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs

The Never List by Koethi Zan

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

Lexicon by Max Barry

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Lovely Bones  by Alice Sebold

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

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