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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.