Book Review: 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die by Deb Atwood

As readers of Deb Atwood’s blog Pen In Her Hand know, Atwood is passionate about ghost fiction. Since 2011, Atwood has read, re-read, and written about ghost literature. 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die presents a selection of the best of these posts. 

Among the books discussed are old favorites (The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson) as well as some indie gems few people will know about (The 20’s Girl, the Ghost, and All That Jazz by June Kearns). There are ghost novels for every reader, in genres ranging from historical to literary to romance. 

Available on Amazon.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review.

It’s obvious when reading this book that Deb Atwood loves her ghost stories. I haven’t read most of the books that she has listed and, of course, I had to add some of them to my TBR list. I was especially intrigued by The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse and Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Also, I’ve read most of Stephen King’s books but I never read Bag Bones. I’m going to have to read that one now, too.

Deb Atwood has a great writing style and I like how she does her own summary of each book (much more than just a blurb) and then discusses what she thought about the book, both good and not so good. Both are in depth enough that I know whether or not I want to read the book, but not so in depth to give away the entire story.

If you’re looking for a good ghost novel to read, look no further. Deb Atwood has all different genres of ghost stories listed in her book.


A while after I received the book from Deb Atwood, I received an invitation to a Blog Tour spotlighting 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die, so I signed up for it on my other site, Bound 2 Escape. The Blog Tour has a giveaway if you want to check it out, but hurry, it ends today!


About the Author 

Deb Atwood holds an MFA and lives in California with her husband and rescue dog Nala. Her time-slip novel Moonlight Dancer was selected as a front page Featured Review by Book Ideas. Deb’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Her interests include ghost fiction, Korean culture, quilting, and, of course, reading.

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