These books will satisfy your spooky-season cravings

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It’s Halloween, and the spooky titles are out! Get into a trick-or-treat state of mind with three scary new releases. 

Scott Carson (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) 

Newly divorced and laid off from his newspaper reporting job, Nick Bishop is frantically scrambling to come up with a Plan B. When an old college friend offers him a freelance assignment writing a puff profile of a new mindfulness app called Clarity, he takes the assignment. But when Nick agrees to test the beta version of the app on his phone, he is haunted by what he hears: “sleep songs” that seem a lot more ominous than relaxing, and which eventually lead to a deep slumber punctuated by terrible, realistic nightmares that seem to contain warnings. The more Nick starts digging, the more he uncovers mysterious accidents that seem connected to the app. If you’ve ever suspected that your relaxation app was secretly trying to kill you, this is the book for you. 

Lisa Unger (Park Row) 

She met him on a dating app, and it was love at first sight: two strangers with an instant connection. And then one day, nothing. He’s ghosted her and disconnected his phone. She starts tracking his digital past and learns there were others ghosted — and that the path she’s pursuing could be dangerous. 

Jennifer Wright (nonfiction, Harry N. Abrams) 

Scratch the surface of any violent crime and there is generally a pretty good chance there’s a man behind it. So when women kill, there’s always a strange fascination with the perpetrators; it’s not what women are supposed to do. In “She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women,” author Jennifer Wright takes a look at 40 female murderers who killed for a variety of reasons, from fear and revenge to pleasure. Some of them you may have heard of, such as deranged Hungarian aristocrat serial killer Elizabeth Bathory or the axe-wielding Lizzie Borden; most of them you will be reading about for the first time, with chapter titles like “Killing Queens,” “Murderous Mercenaries” and “Avenging Angels.”

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