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Welcome Halloween With These Spooky Reads

Pick up one of these haunting reads and make Halloween last all week long!

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The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

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The Barter follows two new mothers in two different time periods as they reach turning points in their lives. Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. And now a terrifying presence has entered her home, and nobody but Bridget can feel it. On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. What will these women sacrifice to save their families - and themselves?

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

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In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell’s father brings him to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

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On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, alcohol, guns and a dare cause a high school teenage prank to go horrifically awry. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman

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A dysfunctional British family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, embraces them, creating a peace within the family. When the house suddenly turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

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When Richard Walker dies, his family moves in on his country house, ready to sort through rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. They observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, or the dimming of a light bulb. The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force.

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