Library Loot #10: Science-Fiction Horror & Psychological Thrillers!

Have I mentioned that the library is a dangerous mistress? Because if I haven’t, then damn, the library is one hell of a dangerous mistress! But it’s a mistress that I love dearly and appreciate so very much!

This round of loot from the good ol’ library consists of a few thrillers and a spot of science-fiction horror, which I had to check out after reading a bleeding brilliant review for it. Honestly, with the exception of one title, the list I’ll be sharing today consists of novels that I came across via happen-stance.

Doomsday Books by Connie Willis

Doomsday Book is a science-fiction, time travel novel that is the first in a series. I picked this up after reading and enjoying the author’s recent novella, I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, for which a review shall be posted next week. When I learned that this was her most infamous and well-awarded work, I figured it’d be a good place to expand my repertoire of her writing. I didn’t look up the synopsis, but you can check out the GR page here if you’d like to know more.

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Pitch Dark is a book that wasn’t even on my radar until I read this fantastic review by Kaleena. I love science-fiction horror, but I don’t read enough it, especially not YA (it’s harder to find). This one has diverse characters and is described as truly being horrific. I didn’t read too much of the synopsis because I wanted to be surprised. But if you are interested in it, please check out Kaleena’s review and here’s the GR page for it.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a historical fantasy horror novel that hit my hot-list because I love the original 1818 by Mary Shelley, and I’ve heard via many reviews that this is a great interpretation of that narrative. I have read the first couple of chapters of it, and so I far I am in love with the writing. It’s dark yet lovely and charming. It follows a young gal named Elizabeth who hasn’t had a decent meal in weeks. She’s covered in bruises and is close to finding herself homeless. But then her friend, Victor Frankenstein, brings her into his home and her entire life changes in the darkest of ways. [GR page]

Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman

Retribution is an older psychological thriller that I snagged after hearing Katie talk about how much she loved it in her recommendations video. It follows a woman who’s a prosecutor with a very dark and tragic history. Her latest case revolves around a sadist serial killer that savours cruelty, however, things are a bit different with this case as our protagonist recognises the suspect and knows quite intimately just what he’s capable of. After reading Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter, I’ve been craving more fucked-up narratives like it and this one seemed quite perfect. [GR page]

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Speaking of Karin Slaughter, I went ahead and ordered another one of her stand-alone books because I wanted to read more of her works. This was another one that came highly recommended via various bibliophiles. It’s similar to The Good Daughter in that it follows two sisters and two fucked-up tragedies that are approximately twenty years apart. In this story, the disappearance of a teenager in present times ends up being a trigger for a past event the two underwent. As the case is further investigated, it’s discovered to be tied to an unsolved crime from decades ago. I love it when two events collide in the darkest and most unexpected means, so that was a large appeal for me with this title. [GR page]

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back is a psychological thriller that was recently released this year that was staring me down at the library. The only way to defeat it was to bring it home. I’d never heard of this prior to my visit to the book-rental-palace, but with my current mood for the genre, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out. It is about Finn and Layla who are madly in love and super happy on their vacation. Then on their way home, Finn stops to get fuel and munchies. After he heads back to the car, Layla is gone, vanished without a trace. At least that’s what Finn told the coppers. Many years later, Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. While Finn believes that Ellen is the one for him, there’s something about her that he can’t shake; a quality he doesn’t quite grasp completely. [GR page]

Isn’t that quite a bitchin’ library haul? You know, just a week ago I was chatting on Twitter about how proud I was to finally have lowered my check-out stack. Well, as you can see that feat didn’t last very long at all. But it’s okay. Books are the essence of my heart and soul, so I don’t mind.

Please, let me know if you’ve read any of the books listed here, or if there’s a specific one that you’d like me to review when I’m done reading it.

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