7 Thrillers to Read During the Winter Solstice

7 Thrillers to Read During the Winter Solstice

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. If you’re anything like us, you aren’t looking forward to a relaxing night curled up in front of the fire. No, you’d rather spend those dark and lengthy hours poring over a gripping novel. Here are seven mysteries and thrillers that take place on a single dark night.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

On the drive up to her boyfriend Jake’s parents’ house, an unnamed narrator contemplates ending their brief relationship. But when the night takes a sinister turn, her only goal is to survive.


Through the Woods

Fair warning: This graphic novel might give you nightmares. Emily Carroll shares five chilling tales with readers, each more haunting than the last. Some take place in a single evening, while others span longer periods of time, but all will leave you jumping every time you hear a bump in the night.

The Ice Harvest

It’s Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas, but Charlie Arglist isn’t in the mood to celebrate. He needs to hit the road before anyone realizes that his suitcase is filled with stolen money. But Charlie lingers too long and sets off a bloody chain reaction in this dark, comic novel by Scott Phillips.

The Fear Index

Alex Hoffmann has created artificial intelligence software that can accurately predict the financial markets. It’s made him a very rich man, and a target. After he’s attacked in his own home, Alex descends into a state of paranoia as he tries to uncover who his assailant is and what he or she wants from him.

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas considers himself to be a mostly normal guy, if you ignore the fact that he can communicate with the dead. His gift tips him off to a disaster that will occur on August 15th in his California town. With only 24 hours’ notice, Odd Thomas must leap into action if he hopes to save the lives of the people of Pico Mundo.

Fear Nothing

The darkness can be frightening, but not for Christopher Snow. Due to a rare genetic disorder that makes him deathly sensitive to light, Christopher spends his days locked inside and his nights roaming the streets. It’s on one of his midnight walks that he learns that his quiet hometown is the site of a dangerous conspiracy.


The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Four hijackers board a subway car and hold 17 passengers hostage, threatening to kill them if their one million dollar ransom isn’t met. This was adapted into a film in 1974, but you know us, we still prefer the book.



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