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The Haunting of Ashburn House, by Darcy Coates

When Adrienne inherits Ashburn house, it feels like a godsend. She’s homeless, with almost no income, and without any family to turn to. The dilapidated condition of the house gives her pause, but at least it’s a roof, right? Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexico, 1950s. Noemí travels out to check up on her newly-married cousin after some strange letters arrived from her at home. She’s “welcomed” into a decrepit old house by a family who believes they are superior to the “local” population … Continue reading

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Death Notice, by Todd Ritter

The small town of Perry Hollow has never seen a murder before, and its first murder is anything but typical. The body is left on the side of the road in a coffin, semi-embalmed, with pennies on the eyes and … Continue reading

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Tell Me Lies, by JP Pomare (audio)

This book had it all: an evil villain that was immediately obvious from the very beginning (so obviously it felt like a trick); a narrator who couldn’t spot “obvious” if it bit her nose off and who of course gets … Continue reading

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What’s Left of Me is Yours, by Stephanie Scott

Sumi is what’s known as a “forgotten party” in Japan – a person whose life was directly affected by a crime, but who is kept away from the details of trial, punishment, etc. In Sumi’s case, the crime is the … Continue reading

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Run to the Finish, by Amanda Brooks (audio)

Subtitled: The Everyday Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run This is a nonfiction book about being a “middle of the pack” runner: how to enjoy being an average runner while avoiding injury, burnout, and … Continue reading

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The Shadows, by Alex North

Paul hasn’t been back to his hometown since he left for college 25 years ago. It was too difficult after the murder – a murder he was initially accused of committing – and the disappearance of another boy, Charlie. Charlie … Continue reading

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The Lantern Men, by Elly Griffiths (audio)

I’m not going to leave a specific description of this book. It’s the 12th in the Ruth Galloway series, and I worry that anything I say will give spoilers for previous books. I would hate to do that, because this … Continue reading

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Final Girls, by Riley Sager

A decade ago, Quincy barely survived a massacre. The media lumps her in with two other massacre-survivors, dubbed “final girls” in a nod to horror movies, as the things these women have survived are that horrific. Quincy remembers next to … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins

This is a prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy, taking place ten years after the end of the initial war, in the year of the 10th hunger games. Coriolanus Snow – President Snow from the original series – is the … Continue reading

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