It is officially a week since Resident Evil Village was released into our game-hungry hands. Completed the game already? Here are five thrilling reads with spooky villages so that you can still get your Resident Evil fix.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Noemi Taboada finds herself in the desolate Mexican countryside to save her cousin from impending doom. Behind the beautiful walls and glamorous cocktail parties of High Place, Noemi realizes that everything is not as it seems. She will have to put aside her fears to conquer the allure of the enticing, yet treacherous home. Will she save her cousin and leave the home alive? Or will she have to lose someone to save herself?
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Maggie Holt doesn’t believe the tall tales that her father claims are true in his book, House of Horrors. She only remembers escaping Baneberry Hall in the middle of the night and never returning. Years later, she returns to the house and must face the consequences of that fateful night her family left. With the help of the village neighbors, her hesitant mother, and a couple of long-lost imaginary friends, Maggie begins to piece together the memories she buried for so long.
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Peterson Haddix invites her readers into a nineteenth-century time capsule where modern medicine does not exist and monsters lie beyond the village walls. On her way to find help when a diphtheria outbreak ravishes the town, Jessie Keyser learns that it is actually the year 1996. Jessie must push past her intense culture shock of the outside world to save her entire town. However, even in the real world, everything is not what it seems. If you are a fan of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, this is a must-read for you.
The Whisper Man by Alex North
A quiet English town finds itself at the center of a ghost story when a serial killer from years prior returns to haunt the village. When a child is lured by the chilling Whisper Man, investigator Amanda Beck must work fast to save the residents of Featherbank before it is too late. Written with multiple points of view, this spooky read is a collection of “who-dun-its,” leaving readers on their toes until the very last page.
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
A small town in New York is cursed by the ghost of The Black Rock Witch. If anyone tries to escape, they are haunted by suicidal ideations and end up dead at the hands of the witch. To avoid her random appearances throughout town, residents have created a phone app called HEX to track her movements. When a group of teenagers plans to oust the existence of the witch to the outside world, dreadful things begin to happen. In the end, they will question if it was worth it to have sacrificed themselves to reveal the ghost story that haunts their village.
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