Just in time for Halloween weekend, Debbie Wordinger, leader of the Crime Readers Discussion Group, recommends books of suspense.
If what makes your skin crawl is not blood and gore, but the shadow just glimpsed over your shoulder, try these American writers of suspense. Their novels have a strong sense of place, a claustrophobic atmosphere, and a feel for the paranoia that can develop in small towns and remote rural areas.
• Thomas Cook: Try The Chatham School Affair, or if you are really into disturbing reading, Instruments of Night.
• Stephen Dobyns: Try The Boy in the Water, or if you can tolerate a somewhat more gruesome story, The Church of Dead Girls.
• Joe Lansdale: Try The Bottoms or A Fine Dark Line.