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Halloween Reads - Review by Anna, Teen Blogger

Halloween is here. It’s the time to scare and be scared, but personally, I’m not too fond of being frightened. I have selected two books which fit the Halloween spirit but are more suitable than a Stephen King novel for those who are easily scared.

Frankenstein Book Cover Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein’s monster is one of the most iconic monsters in literary history, and he makes a frequent appearance in the form of the costumes of trick-or-treaters. The novel tells the tale of Frankenstein’s creation and the monster’s struggles to adapt to the world he has been brought into. Unlike the grunting and unintelligent monster that he has been made out to be in television, I was fascinated to find that Frankenstein’s monster was incredibly intelligent and had a great desire to learn. By showing the monster’s point of view at times in the novel, Mary Shelley subtly brought up the question of which one of the two was the true monster, the creator or the creation? The book is creepy enough to get you in the mood for Halloween but is not frightening enough to be avoided by the faint-hearted.

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

Halloween Party Book CoverAll murder mysteries are great for getting into the Halloween spirit, and Halloween Party is the perfect one for this time of year. As may be evident from the title, a murder takes place at a Halloween party. A young girl is drowned shortly after she brags about having once seen a murder take place. Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate and find the killer before they strike again. This book is thoroughly enjoyable at any time of the year, but is particularly relevant at the moment, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you enjoy a good murder mystery.

Happy Halloween,


Teen Blogger

[Editor's Note: Both Frankenstein and Halloween Party can be found in the Library's Adult Fiction collection. If you liked Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, you might also like two recent retellings: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel and Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley.]


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