William March’s The Bad Seed is the perfect twisty thriller to curl up with this fall. It chronicles the story of Christine Penmark as she slowly realizes that her seemingly sweet little girl, Rhoda, is hiding very sinister and disturbing behavior.
I loved this book much more than I expected to. It works perfectly in the time period it is set in. Christine is really trying to be the perfect 1950s housewife and Rhoda seems to channel the innocence and perfection of “Leave It to Beaver” or Shirley Temple. It was all the more horrific to find out that this tense façade of perfection was a lie, that the perfect Shirley Temple- like girl was actually a cold blooded sociopath.
I am usually a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror, and this was just enough to give me the chills, without leaving me too scared to fall asleep at night. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thoughtful spooky story that scares you, but also makes you think a little. You can download the audiobook for free using hoopladigital.com