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Gripping Gothic Mysteries–Digital Titles to Download

Looking for just the right book to read on a dark, chilly autumn night? These haunting, atmospheric mysteries are perfect, especially when paired with a hot drink and cozy blanket. Each book on the list offers gripping psychological suspense, along with at least one element—a crumbling mansion, a mysterious employer, a dark family secret—that provides a creepy gothic twist. They are all available in digital format through either Hoopla or OverDrive.

 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Old friends meet for a relaxing weekend in the English countryside, but things take a dark turn when they realize that they are not alone.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Fiona’s sister was murdered at Idlewild Hall, a school for troubled girls. When Fiona returns to the school twenty years later, she learns that some secrets were meant to stay hidden.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A haunting contemporary classic about four eccentric college students who create their own disturbing world. Donna Tartt is also the author of the Pulitzer prize-winning The Goldfinch.

All the Way Home by Wendy Corsi Staub
One hot summer in Lake Charlotte, four teen-age girls disappeared and were never seen again. Ten years later, one victim’s sister returns home to deal with her past—but then another girl disappears, and suddenly the nightmare is happening all over again.

Rustication by Charles Palliser
It is 1863, and seventeen-year-old opium addict Richard has been suspended from Oxford and sent to “rusticate” at his family’s dilapidated country estate, where he quickly becomes suspected of a grisly crime.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Blackwoods were once the leading citizens of their insular small town; now the three remaining family members stay hidden in their big house on the hill, carefully guarding their secrets. A masterpiece of psychological terror by the author of The Haunting of Hill House.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
Teacher Clare Cassidy loves sharing her favorite gothic story, The Stranger, with her students. Then Clare’s colleagues start turning up dead, their murders mysteriously connected to Clare’s lesson plans.

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage
Traumatic events lead Patrick and Sarah to seek a fresh start in the peaceful, idyllic beach house where Patrick grew up. The fact that a family was recently murdered in what locals now call the Murder House doesn’t bother them—at least not at first.

 


Vikki is a Youth Services Librarian at the Poland/Struthers/Brownlee Woods library branches of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When she can help a child (or anyone, really!) find just the right book, she considers it a great day. Vikki is the mother of three adult people, and grandmother of two small ones; in her spare time she enjoys reading grown-up books, baking, and spending time with her family.