For readers who like more of a clue-oriented detective story, there is also a mystery with a missing father added to the creepiness of Whispering Pines.
My students ADORE creepy books. Demons who rip out people's eyes in the creepiest ways. Children chained to furnaces in basements. Magic spells that get kids in trouble. I've never seen Stranger Things, but will definitely hand this to students who are wearing t shirts from that show, as well as student who have enjoyed Hermon's Hide and Seeker, Currie's Scritch Scratch, and the works of K.R. Alexander and Joel Sutherland.