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Scary Book Reviews

Halloween has come and gone, but two books have stayed with me.

One of the all-time great apocalyptic scarefests is Stephen King’s The Stand. When I recently finished Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers—a back-to-the-wall novel involving artificial intelligence, disease, and betrayal—I was stunned to realize that Wendig’s world-ending tale is at least as good, and possibly better. This fierce, compelling read gripped me from beginning to end.

A book that’s scary in a completely different way is Educated, by Tara Westover. For me, this jaw-dropping memoir reads like a story from another planet.

Westover's warped, abusive upbringing will wrench your heart out, then pin you to the pages as you follow her path through "home schooling," Brigham Young University, Cambridge, and Harvard. All the while she fights a riptide of family betrayal that continually threatens to suck her back in.

Tara Westover writes her account in simple, beautiful prose; nevertheless this is an authentic horror story.


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