Trouble by Jesse Kellerman




Paperback, 368 pages

Published: October 30, 2007 by Jove (1st Published January 1, 2007)

Setting: New York City

Literary Awards:  ITW Thriller Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008)


Jonah Stem is a medical student living in New York City with his eccentric roommate, Lance, an aimless stoner who’s devoting much of his time to starring in his own private version of a reality TV show. Jonah is caught up in grueling internship work and helping care for someone who’s an important part of his past. Already driven to the point of exhaustion, he stumbles upon a brutal scene.

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The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon




The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

Hardcover, 258 pages

Published: March 23, 2010 by Doubleday (1st Published January 1, 2010)


Justin Fisher is a successful young professional with a beautiful wife and baby boy. Yet he is inexplicably detached from his family of origin. He has not seen them in over ten years. Furthermore he has gaping holes in his memories of life before college. The birth of their son prompts Justin’s wife, Amy, to insist that he reconnect with his parents and sisters. After all their child deserves to know his family, doesn’t he?

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova



Hardcover, 642 pages

Published: June 14th 2005 by Little, Brown and Company (1st published April 1, 2003)

Literary Awards:  International Horror Guild Award Nominee for Best Novel (2005), Hopwood Award for Novel in-progress (2003), Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Best Adult Fiction (2006), The Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year (2005)


Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula, was a 15th century Wallachian ruler who was legendary for his cruelty. This novel explores his history then slips smoothly into fantasy as it is revealed that Dracula — true to the legends — gained immortality by becoming a vampire.

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Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield



Paperback, 320 pages

Published: February 2, 2010 by SMP Trade Paper/St. Martin’s Griffin (1st published 2009)

Setting: Kabul, Afghanistan (2000s)


My name is Fawad, and my mother tells me I was born under the shadow of the Taliban. Because she said no more, I imagined her stepping out of the sunshine and into the dark, crouching in a corner to protect the stomach that was hiding me, while a man with a stick watched over us, ready to beat me into the world.

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The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe


82965Paperback, 240 pages

Published: August 1, 1994 by Delta (1st published 1992)

Setting: Ireland (1960s)

Literary Awards:  Man Booker Prize Nominee (1992), Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction


Francie Brady, the young narrator of this dark Irish novel, begins by saying, “When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were after me on account of what I done on Mrs. Nugent.” The reader has fair warning that the book will not end well.

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The Monster’s Wife by Kate Horsley




Ebook, 258 pages

Published: August 28, 2014 by Barbican Press (1st published August 22, 2014)

Setting: The Scottish Orkneys



In a tiny community of thirty villagers, Oona and her best friend, May, are reaching womanhood. The island’s newest resident, Victor Frankenstein, seems to bring dark omens — and even death — in his wake.

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