Peril on the Page by Margaret Loudon: A Vanilla Cosy Mystery with an Ice-Cold Romance – Book Review

Peril on the Page by Margaret Loudon is the third book in the author’s cosy mystery series, Open-Book Mysteries. Writer-in-residence, Penelope, is co-hosting a marketing event at the Open-Book, along with the owner, to celebrate a local resident’s book release. However, when the author drops dead at the event, Penelope becomes determined to discover the secrets of the author’s life and how it may have gotten her nixed.

The Haunting of Ashburn House: A Slow-Burn Supernatural Horror Perfect for Fans of Crimson Peak – Book Review

The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates is a Gothic horror novel about a woman named Adrienne who inherits a creepy old house from her late great aunt, which couldn’t have occurred at a more opportune moment as Adrienne was about to find herself homeless! After moving in with her floofy kitty, Wolfgang, Adrienne starts to realise that the house has quite the morbid history

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix: A Superb Exploration of Anti-Feminism Qualities within Slasher Film via a Phenomenal Crime Thriller – Book Review

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix is a horror, slasher novel by the same author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and My Best Friend’s Exorcism. When a member of a support group of final girls ends up dead, a dangerous intrigue unfolds. Is someone killing off the remaining survivors? Has one of the member’s finally gone insane via intense PTSD?  Or there is an even greater plot at play?

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow: A Fabulously Queer & Feminist Fairy Tale Retelling-ish – Book Review

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow is a portal fantasy novella that’s a loosely inspired adult retelling of Sleeping Beauty that’s also steeped in the dissection of the basic formulaic foundation of other classic fairy tales. It follows a young teenager with a terminal illness that just seeks to experience some sort of magical splendour of her own before her ticker stops.

The Stowaway by James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth: An Unconventional, Keep-You-Guessing Crime Thriller – Book Review

The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is a crime thriller about a woman who was on a jury panel that couldn’t agree on the guilty verdict without reasonable doubt, which led to the release of a seemingly treacherous child killer. As the case takes a psychological toll on this specific juror, she decides to take a sabbatical and go on a vacation cruise with her family

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell: A Superb Southern Gothic Horror about Screwed-Up Town Tragedies – Book Review

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell is a Southern Gothic horror story that follows the Larkin family. In the 1960s, they had the great misfortune of undergoing a terrifying tragedy that would only repeat itself twenty years later. As a result, many spooky supernatural things start occurring in their small Southern town of Babylon including

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager: A Horrifying Haunted House Thriller Worth the Nightmares It’ll Give You – Book Review

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 (The Dresden Files #6) by Jim Butcher: Vampire Pals, Provocative Flicks, and Silly Puppies Abound – Book Review

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: A Strange Little Borzoi Book of Fun – Book Review

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 Leavers by Lisa Ko: A Journey of Emotional Providence Amid the Intimacies of Diasporic Othering – Book Review

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: A Slow-Burn Psychological Exploration of the Darkness Beneath Monotonous City-Living – Book Review

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.