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.
False Witness by Karin Slaughter is a stand-alone psychological thriller novel that follows two sisters, Leigh and Callie. After a horrifying night when they were teenagers, they grew apart and became estranged. Now, Leigh has made a life for herself as an up-and-rising criminal defence attorney. When the big boss associate at her firm assigns her to defend a man that’s accused of brutal rape crimes, little does Leigh know that her entire past is about to rise up out of the darkness and bitch slap her into Hell
A Fatal Footnote by Margaret Loudon revolves around the writer-in-residence at the local bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, named Penelope Parish. She gets invited to the royal wedding of the year for the Duke and Duchess, the latter of which has become a wonderful friend for Pen. But when the Duke’s former girlfriend is found murdered in the gardens, the visiting writer rolls up her sleeves to find the culprit before the crime can be pinned on her friend’s dearly beloved new hubby.
Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly follows small town librarian, Kathleen Paulson, and her two very special kitties, Hercules and Owen. When she realised that her feline friends had magical abilities, Kathleen thought for certain that she was turning into a “crazy” cat lady. But when they helped prove her innocence in a murder, she knew that her adopted companions were something to be cherished
Extinction Code by James D. Prescott is the first novel in the science-fiction, action-adventure series, Extinction. The story follows a group of various scientists and researchers who obtain grants to dive into the ocean so they can study the asteroid that dropped tens of millions of years ago, leading to the decimation and extinction of dinosaurs. However, once they’re down and discovering, other interested parties come knocking.
The Brink by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is the second novel in a science-fiction, action-horror trilogy called Awakened. This book picks up almost a year after the events of its predecessor and follows the survivors of the New York attack as they deal with international political ramifications of that attack on a global scale.
Hex-Rated by Jason Ridler is a pulp, urban fantasy novel that’s the first in a duology called the Brimstone Files. It takes place in the 70s and follows a newly licensed PI of the strange and supernatural named James Brimstone, who was a former child magician and a vet of the Korean war. After attending his dead mentor’s funeral, Sir Brimstone signs his first client with an unbelievable story of sex, demons, and violence
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a British magical realism novel about a middle-aged man that returns to his childhood home upon the passing of a relative. During the post-funeral wake, he takes a step away from the crowded building to explore a farm at the end of the lane, wherein he comes across a small pond on the property.
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.
Sea of Death by Tim Waggoner is the third and final volume in the dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series, The Blade of the Flame Trilogy, which is set in the Eberron universe. It follows an assassin-turned-priest named Diran Bastiaan and his half-Orc best friend, Ghaji (pronounced Gha-yee), and their little crew of chums as they try to unite two opposing nations by ending a curse a hundred years in the living
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a Gothic romance literary classic that is told via a series of letters and other textual materials to express a tale obsession, of science as well as death and morality. The story revolves around a man who believes that he can bring a human back to life after their demise, and when he accomplishes this task, the consequences leave him writhing with disbelief and absolute fear.
Every now and again I will find a book that sinks itself straight into my soul, as well as my heart and mind. It leaves behind an intense imprint on how I perceive the world around me as well as the people in it, helping me grow and become more self-aware. Shanghai Girls is precisely this kind of novel
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea is a cyberpunk action novel about a young lady criminal named Koko Martstellar who retires on an island that basically offers a theme park experience for shady ass people. She owns a business and has essentially retired from her blood-soaking shenanigans. But when an old acquaintance sends a team of assassins after Miss Martstellar, her retirement hopes and dreams get blown to bits just like her brothel. On the run and spectacularly ticked off about this latest event, she decides to take out the acquaintance before her ass can get further fried.
The House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman is a psychological horror novella about two teenagers who have their first date on a stunning lake…
Awakened by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is a science-fiction, horror story that begins in New York City’s latest underground subway line, which is an express line that connects the city with communities across the Hudson River. On the inauguration celebration of this state-of-the-art transport system, everyone is stunned when the train’s car arrive completely devoid of human life except for the blood that splatters its walls.