Two novels that have nearly topped out BookPage editors’ personal freak-o-meter rankings in terms of sheer level of creepiness are Mo Hayder’s The Devil of Nanking, a thriller set in Tokyo that takes readers on a journey to the Nanking Massacre, and Scott Smith’s The Ruins, about a vacation gone wrong in the Mayan jungle.
In recent months, one of our favorite creepy thrillers is Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar, about four 20-something German friends who get involved with a brutal killer. We also recommend S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep (see the Book Clubs column in the February issue!).
Finally, you can’t go wrong with Jo Nesbø. His latest, The Leopard, is especially disturbing.
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