Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
I've been a fan of Catherynne M. Valente for many years now, and intend to read all of her books. This one was marketed as a bit of a thriller, so I thought it would be a good one for my spooky season reading list.
I finished the whole book in a single day. Granted, it's a novella, and isn't quite a hundred pages when you take the blank pages between chapters into account. But there's also something to be said about the way it drew me in. I could've stopped at a few chapters and decided to go do something else, but I was interested enough to keep reading.
The "thriller" label is both appropriate and not quite appropriate, and I can't really say more without giving too much away. As implied by the book description, things are not quite what they seem.
It wasn't my favorite Valente book, but it's very good. Even though I've read it and know what happens, I'm curious how it would feel with a second read, how many more clues are scattered throughout that I didn't pick up on (I noticed quite a few, but there could always be more).
If you've never read any of her books before, my favorites to recommend are the Fairyland series and The Orphan's Tales duology to start, but this would be a fun, quick read as well.