10 Mildly Suspenseful Books #toptentuesday

October 27, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Mildly Suspenseful Books

10 Mildly Suspenseful Books (white text over a background of candy corn)
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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie.

Are you a HSP (highly sensitive person) like me? Or do you like the scariest and most thrilling reads?

Does the thought of reading scary books cause anxiety?

I have a bookish confession: I’m an October Outlier. I don’t read books that fall into the horror, true crime, crime fiction, paranormal, or thriller categories or are too scary or spooky. I’m highly susceptible to nightmares. So…..this makes a typical Halloween post rather tricky! If you share my preferences and would rather have recommendations for “slightly suspenseful,” I think you might like today’s list!

I have discovered that I can tolerate a bit of suspense! However, I won’t promise you that I haven’t peeked at the last page to be sure my favorite characters are still alive!

Here’s my list of books that I have enjoyed that have a bit of suspense but are not too scary! I should also note that none of these books have a Halloween theme or setting.

Is there a certain type of book that you enjoy reading in the fall?


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10 Books That Are Mildly Suspenseful

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (cover) Image: text over a background of a darkened Eiffel Tower against a swirly painted sky

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

#16 in the Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series (mystery/detective). Love the family and father/son themes in this one! My full review of All the Devils Are Here.

The River by Peter Heller (cover) Image: white text over a background of red and dark blue swirly lines

The River by Peter Heller

Wilderness survival. My review of The River here.

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (cover) Image: black text over a blue, red and yellow background

Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge

Survival “Castaways” style. My review of Castle of Water.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn (cover) Image: black and white image of a woman with her back to the camera walking into a shadowy area

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

WW11 histfic/thriller. My review of The Huntress.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (author)

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Contemporary refugee story. My review of American Dirt.

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (cover) Image: red and black text down the right side and the portrait of a young Korean girl on the left

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Memoir, Escape from North Korea. My review of Girl With Seven Names here.

Woman 99 by Greer Macallister (cover) Image: a woman in a long blue skirt and a red blouse stands with her back to the camera looking over a hilly landscape

Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

Rescue from an asylum . My review of Woman 99 here.

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff (cover)

Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

The circus meets WW11 histfic. Not Reviewed.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (cover) Image: white text and a gold mockingbird symbol on a black background

The Hunger Games Trilogy

This is a page-turning series I enjoyed far more than I anticipated! Not reviewed.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (cover) Image: white text over a background of a country road leading into the Alaskan wilderness

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Complicated family drama (TW for abuse). My review of The Great Alone.


Do you have a mildly suspenseful title to add to this list?


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  1. I’m glad you found some books despite not being the horror novel fan. Neither am I. And since this was a Halloween freebie and we don’t really celebrate Halloween in our country, I did a slight twist on my TTT. I know, that’s usually your thing, right?

    Anyway, I’ve only read the first book of the Hunger Games from your titles. It was a book club read, I doubt I would have touched it otherwise. It was alright but not my thing. None of those that surprised me.

    Anyway, happy reading and Happy Halloween.

  2. I love thrillers and ghost stories, but I prefer mildly suspenseful/scary to an out-and-out creep fest! This is a great list and I’ve read half of them. I haven’t gotten to ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE yet, but I love the Gamache series. It’s one of my all-time favorite mystery series, so I’m reading it slowly so I can really enjoy it 🙂

    Happy TTT!


  3. LOL, I love that you go for “mildly suspenseful”. I don’t read a lot of crime thrillers, but I do love horror and suspense. The Great Alone and Woman 99 were both five-star reads for me, and I really do want to read The River (I read his novel The Dog Stars, and loved it.) Love your candy corn image!

  4. This looks like a great list of books, Carol. There are a couple I’ve read, a couple I own but haven’t read yet, and some that sound good but are entirely new to me. Perfect blend for a book blog list. Thanks!

  5. I started reading Louise Penny books recently. My book club members rave about her novels, including All the Devils are here. But, I do find her books only mildly suspenseful. I like to listen to her books on Overdrive. I am going to give The Great Alone a go. I started it after Educated and never quite finished it.

    • Mildly suspenseful is why I love LP! 😂 All the Devils is quite suspenseful (by my standards!) toward the end! Yes, the narration is great for LP books! The narrator for the few several books has died, but the next narrator is great, too. Great Alone has some suspenseful parts…enjoy! Thanks for commenting! Happy reading 🙌

  6. Great take on this top ten. I don’t read spooky so I didn’t participate this week, but I could have done a similar post. I have read a few of these, but not all. You are a bad influence on my TBR, Carol.

    • It’s mutual Carla! 😂😂😂 I haven’t done top ten in a few weeks and was determined to put something together for a freebie week! One person did snacks so that was creative!

  7. Now this is a great idea! While I don’t usually have an issue with more horrific books, I usually overdo it during the beginning of October and have to lighten up my reading by the end of it … too many horror novels for too long and I’m not a happy camper. But a little suspense? I can get behind that all year long.

    • Thanks! I can imagine that overdoing it at the beginning of October might be tempting! 😂 A little suspense is always good! Thanks for commenting!

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