Bestsellers: Thrillers

Click on the "play" button...if you dare. Wow, you don't seem very scared. Well, we did what we could. Guess thrillers aren't our forte.

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Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for example, is a novel that is both thrilling

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and suspenseful, in a good, non-Bieberish way.

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The book also comes with a side order of technological hijinks and a heaping plate of Swedish meatballs

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thrown in for good measure.

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The book made headlines...and bestseller lists around the world...

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...thanks to its butt-kicking heroine, Lisbeth Salander.

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She's a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll...

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Wait, scratch that. There is no country in Lisbeth Salander: she's all punk rock n' roll.

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She's also a talented, borderline sociopathic computer hacker bent on revenge.

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This isn't your grandma's suspense novel, although we'd bet MawMaw probably read The

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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before you did.

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She probably saw the movie first, too. You're falling behind the curve, young whippersnapper.

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Now, if you're looking for a story so scary that it will haunt your dreams for the rest

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of your life...

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...you might want to try reading Stephen King, the master of modern horror.

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He's written about possessed cars, writer's block, rabid dogs, and the end of the world...

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...but one of King's most famous and most frightening novels is about a really, really nasty case

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of cabin fever. In The Shining, the Torrance family takes

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up residence in an old hotel in the mountains for the winter.

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The management fails to inform them that the hotel is crawling with ghosts.

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Not Casper the Friendly Ghost, either, but some seriously sinister spirits.

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So, what happens when Mr. Torrance goes bonkers?

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Will his wife and kid make it out alive? Will the Redrum girls stage an intervention?

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You have to read the book to find out...although the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation is darned

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good, too. Feel like scaring yourself half to death?

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Either of these bestsellers should do the trick.

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Just make sure you don't drink a glass of water first and then read these in bed.

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We can't be held responsible for anything that happens.