5 Frightening Novels to Keep You Up At Night: September Edition

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The Girl Next Door (1989)

Jack Ketchum

Based on real events, this is probably the most terrifying book I’ve ever read. Ever. In a narrative rife with tension and stomach-clenching horror, two girls who have lost their parents are taken in by their aunt, Ruth, an alcoholic with three children of their own. As the story unfolds, Ruth becomes increasingly abusive and insane. I’m not going to tell you what happens, you’ll have to read the book for yourself, but I will tell you that The Girl Next Door careens through the evilest parts of the human mind towards its horrifying conclusion with a prose that is impossible to ignore.

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