Collection Development You’ve Been Warned…9 of the Scariest Audiobooks Coming in 2020

Love a good scare? Audiobooks are even more hair-raising than you may think. A recent study from Audible and University College London (UCL) tested which is more emotionally engaging: audiobooks or films. The result? “Researchers found listeners had a higher heart rate and body temperature which suggests a more intense emotional response to the material.” (The Sun) And while there may be nothing better than the age-old tradition of gathering ’round a fall fire to hear a ghost story, these creepy tales will satisfy patrons who love a good scare no matter the season, and long after Halloween is over.

Be the first to tell horror and suspense fans to place their holds on these haunting listens coming in 2020.

Coming in January 2020

The Rabbit Hunter
Author: Neil Smith and Lars Kepler
Read by: Saul Reichlin
The latest internationally bestselling installment in the Joona Linna series sees him temporarily called back to the police force to solve a series of bizarre and increasingly horrifying murders.
The Other People
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: Daddy. It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. But Fran knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter…

Coming in February 2020

The Sun Down Motel
Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Coming in March 2020

Darling Rose Gold
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold. Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.
The Return
Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.
The Deep
Author: Alma Katsu
From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger comes an eerie, psychological twist on one of the world’s most renowned tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic and the ill-fated sail of its sister ship, the Britannic.

Someone, or something, is haunting the ship…

Coming in April 2020

Death in Her Hands
While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn’t me. Here is her dead body.

Coming in May 2020

The New Girl
How far would someone go to replace you? A new mother on maternity leave grows increasingly paranoid about her ambitious young temp in this Hitchcockian debut from the fashion editor at The Times (UK).
Author: Max Brooks
The #1 bestselling author of World War Z takes on the Bigfoot legend with a tale that blurs the lines between human and beast—and asks what we are capable of in the face of the unimaginable.
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