Need an absorbing fiction pick to curl up with on a cold night? These four books could fit the bill – each complements the winter season and features a touch of the supernatural and a touch of horror. These are stories about the monstrous within and without.
A mix of historical and fantasy fiction, The Crowfield Curse moves along at a good pace, while drawing a portrait of an empathetic boy making his own hard choices for the first time. It’s an absorbing adventure with an already published sequel ready to read.
The world of The Folk Keeper solidly its own, both familiar and unlike anything you may have read, it draws on folk tradition and the wide imagination of its creator to create an atmosphere in which its protagonist undergoes wonderful and painful personal growth.
The Moth Diaries, while set in 1960s America, has a similarly dreamy tone and sinister undertones. Klein refuses to spell out whether the possibly teenaged, possibly immortal villain of her narrators diaries is the monster she becomes in the narrator’s mind. This makes the story all the more creepy and tense.
Finally, The Winter People uses a mix of historical and contemporary narrative to heighten the suspense in an already suspenseful story – one of loss and resurrection, set in a sleepy Vermont town, surrounded by dark woods.