Home Before Dark by Riley Sager is a Gothic horror mystery thriller about a woman named Maggie who returns to a house that she has no memory of residing in. All she knows about the house—Baneberry Hall—is the controversial nonfiction book her dad had written about it, flinging her family into an incredibly stressful limelight that’s followed her since childhood. When her dad dies
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher is the sixth instalment in the author’s adult urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. Harry’s latest client is a sassy and suave vampire named Thomas with morally ambiguous allegiances, who seeks out the cranky wizard man to help him hunt down the malevolent forces that’s killing off the lovely ladies of a skin flick
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami is a Japanese surrealist children’s novel about a young boy, a girl, and a strange fucking sheep dude that are trying to escape a creepy library. This was my very first Borzoi book (i.e.: has unique emphasis on details such as card stocks, illustrations and overall craftsmanship of the book) and it’s one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata is a Japanese literature novel taking place in the traditional city of Kyōto, Japan and follows a young woman named Chieko as she starts to uncover mysterious bits of her past.
The Leavers by Lisa Ko is Chinese-American fiction literature book that centres on the lifelong consequences and ramifications of abandonment, and how it contributes heavily to cultural identity crises of multicultural children adopted into white families. We follow Deming Guo, a Chinese-American adoptee that lives in the suburbs with his white parents amid forced assimilation into a world of racist white privilege.
Parade by Shūichi Yoshida is a Japanese psychological mystery story about four distinct individuals who all reside in a small two-bedroom Tokyo apartment. How these four came to be together is a matter of happenstance due to life’s quirky humour. They end up developing a friendship that they don’t even realise exists.
Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry is the first book in her cosy mystery series, Witch City Mysteries. It’s about Lee Barret, who returns to her home-town, Salem, Massachusetts, to interview for a job as a reporter for WICH-TV. But the only opening they have available is for a call-in psychic hotline to host the late night horror films
The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is the first novel in a horror action-adventure series called The Order of the Sanguines. The story kicks off when an earthquake in Masada, Israel reveals a buried tomb within a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.
We Should Never Meet: Stories by Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American collection of eight interconnected tales that explore and examine the various perspectives and experiences of people who were impacted by Operation Babylift,
Death Masks by Jim Butcher is the fifth instalment in the author’s adult urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden’s initiated war between the Red Court and the White Council finally has a chance to be resolved when Harry is challenged to a death duel by one of the most powerful members of the Red Court. All he has to do is kill his opponent in a fair fight.
The novel is a remarkable work of fiction that sophisticatedly examines the dimensionalities of grief, abandonment, dysfunction, and the inability to convey emotions and insecurities honestly and securely.
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka is a Japanese-American historical fiction novel that tells the story of a family that is uprooted from their home and put into an Internment Camp during the Second World War. Each tale is told from the perspective of a different person, which helps tell a story that explains the various traumatic experiences and harmful impacts that this devastating event had on Japanese and Japanese-Americans.
Miniature book reviews for two fantasy short story collections, Songs of Love and Death edited by Martin and Dozois; Blood Lite edited by Kevin J. Anderson
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher is the fourth instalment in the author’s adult urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. In this volume, Harry Dresden is a hot mess in the wake of the tragedy that befell his girlfriend,
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides is a Greek, psychological thriller that follows a woman named Mariana Andros, who’s a group therapist. When her niece’s roommate is found murdered on campus at Cambridge, Mariana heads over to the university to help console her niece, Zoe, as well to help figure out who killed Zoe’s roommate.