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Book Title:
A Sincere Warning About the Entity in Your Home
Book Author:
Jarson Arnopp
Page Count:
63
Publishing Date:
October 18th, 2012
Publisher:
Retribution Books
Date Read:
May 25th, 2022
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

A NEW CONCEPT IN FEAR...

Imagine a supernatural horror story in which the paranormal activity happens within YOUR home.

A SINCERE WARNING ABOUT THE ENTITY IN YOUR HOME takes the form of an anonymous letter sent to YOUR address. It details the terrifying events which happened in your home and which continue to this day.

You have inherited a curse and are being preyed upon by a bone-chilling apparition. This 10,000-word letter from the previous resident advises you how to cope, while detailing the unthinkable ordeal they suffered before you.

A SINCERE WARNING ABOUT THE ENTITY IN YOUR HOME is the ultimate way to scare yourself in your own home, because it's the only ghost story which takes place IN your home. Dare you read it?

My Review

What originally drew me into this book was the whole premise about it being a letter written by an anonymous author to you, the reader, talking about paranormal events that have happened in the home that you are currently residing … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Cement Garden
Book Author:
Ian McEwan
Page Count:
153
Publishing Date:
January 13th, 1994
Publisher:
Anchor
Date Read:
May 17th, 2022
Format:
Paperback
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

First Father died, then Mother. Now the four children are left alone in a house that looks like a castle stranded among grim high-rises. Free of supervision, free of restraint, they can do anything. Be anything. As long as they keep the house's secret.

In this tour de force of psychological unease, Ian McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting - or denying. Out of blasphemous wishes and hair-raising games, he constructs a novel that is all the more chilling for its offhand approach to the unspeakable.

My Review

There is…a lot to unpack with The Cement Garden. First of all, it’s my ideal book – incredibly dark and unsettling – a thriller that you won’t soon forget. It’s hard to find a thriller that truly unnerves me and … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
What Big Teeth
Book Author:
Rose Szabo
Page Count:
394
Publishing Date:
February 2nd, 2021
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Date Read:
December 20th, 2021
Format:
Hardcover
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

Rose Szabo's thrilling debut is a dark and thrilling novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement.

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

My Review

I started reading this book when I was in a reading slump, and because of that it took me a good amount of time to finish it. We’re talking like a month. Which is completely unlike me, but it wasn’t … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Let Her Be
Book Author:
Lisa Unger
Book Series:
Hush, #6
Page Count:
59
Publishing Date:
July 30th, 2020
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
March 5th, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

A writer’s misguided suspicions ruined his life once before. This time he plans to prove he’s right in a New York Times bestselling author’s haunting short story of what happens when seeing is not believing.

Will, an aspiring novelist, can’t stop parsing his ex-girlfriend’s popular social media accounts for clues that her ideal new rural life with the perfect man has a dark side. After all, nobody he knows has actually seen the blissful blogger in the flesh for nearly a year. When Will draws a wary friend into his “investigation,” the real question becomes who’s truly in danger.

Lisa Unger’s Let Her Be is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

My Review

Let Her Be, the sixth and final short story in the Hush collection from Amazon Original Stories, is one of the best in the collection. Written by Lisa Unger, it is the second short story in one of these collections that … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Gift
Book Author:
Alison Gaylin
Book Series:
Hush, #5
Page Count:
28
Publishing Date:
July 30th, 2020
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
March 3rd, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

What’s a desperate mother to do when her child suddenly disappears? Anything it takes to keep the family together in USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin’s short story with a sting.

It’s dreaded news for actress Lyla McCord and her husband, Nolan. Their eight-year-old daughter has vanished. To find her, Nolan reaches out to a psychic gifted with uncanny visions about the lost girl. But Lyla thinks she sees right through him. Is he a con artist or the real thing? Either way, he might be telling the truth. And that’s too frightening for Lyla to bear.

Alison Gaylin’s The Gift is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

My Review

The Gift is the fifth short story in the Amazon Original Stories Hush collection, which features short mysteries and thrillers that are designed to keep you on the edge of your seat while you read through each installment in one … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Oak Avenue
Book Author:
Brandi Reeds
Book Series:
Dark Corners, #7
Page Count:
72
Publishing Date:
September 27th, 2018
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
March 1st, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

A young wife and mother—new to this town and to its secrets—learns just how much she doesn’t know in this tingly tale of all the things hiding in the dark at the top of the stairs, from bestselling author Brandi Reeds.

While renovating her Victorian home, Ana Clementine finds an ornate door buried under forty years of earth. Once she restores it to the attic, she starts hearing whispers, her loving husband becomes a stranger, and her baby daughter learns a chilling new word. Maybe Ana has unlocked the house’s secrets. Or maybe she’s becoming just a little unhinged herself.

Brandi Reeds’s Oak Avenue is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

My Review

Oak Avenue, written by Brandi Reeds, is the seventh and final story in the Dark Corners collection from Amazon Original Stories. Because the story is kind of like a haunted house story, I was looking forward to this one the … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Miao Dao
Book Author:
Joyce Carol Oates
Book Series:
Dark Corners, #4
Page Count:
66
Publishing Date:
September 27th, 2018
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
February 27th, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

A girl comes of age with a vengeance—and help from a friend—in a tale of unnerving suspense from National Book Award winner and literary master Joyce Carol Oates.

Bad things have been happening since Mia began to mature. Her dad left. Boys at school can’t keep their hands to themselves. A lecherous stepfather has moved in. Her only refuge is an abandoned lot on her suburban cul-de-sac, crawling with feral felines—one of which follows Mia home. Ghostly white and affectionate, she is Mia’s new companion and—as Mia’s tormenters will soon discover—her fierce protector.

Joyce Carol Oates’s Miao Dao is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

My Review

Miao Dao is the fourth installment in the Dark Corners series from Amazon Original Stories. The story is by Joyce Carol Oates, and while I have heard of this author before, I have not had the pleasure of reading any … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The Sleep Tight Motel
Book Author:
Lisa Unger
Book Series:
Dark Corners, #2
Page Count:
48
Publishing Date:
September 27th, 2018
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
February 26th, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

A woman on the run finds refuge in a motel at the edge of the woods, with plenty of vacancies. Check in for the night with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

Lisa Unger’s The Sleep Tight Motel is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

My Review

This is the second book in the Dark Corners series from Amazon Original Stories. These are short stories that are meant to read in one sitting or so, and promise to give you that quick burst of horror that you’re … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Malorie
Book Author:
Josh Malerman
Book Series:
Bird Box, #2
Page Count:
301
Publishing Date:
July 21st, 2020
Publisher:
Del Rey
Date Read:
October 4th, 2020
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence.

There remains no explanation. No solution.

All Malorie can do is survive—and impart her fierce will to do so on her children. Don’t get lazy, she tells them. Don’t take off your blindfold. AND DON’T LOOK.

But then comes what feels like impossible news. And with it, the first time Malorie has allowed herself to hope.

Someone very dear to her, someone she believed dead, may be alive.

Malorie has already lost so much: her sister, a house full of people who meant everything, and any chance at an ordinary life. But getting her life back means returning to a world full of unknowable horrors—and risking the lives of her children again.

Because the creatures are not the only thing Malorie fears: There are the people who claim to have caught and experimented on the creatures. Murmerings of monstrous inventions and dangerous new ideas. And rumors that the creatures themselves have changed into something even more frightening.

Malorie has a harrowing choice to make: to live by the rules of survival that have served her so well, or to venture into the darkness and reach for hope once more.

My Review

Malorie kind of snuck up on me – I’ve been in and out of the book community a lot lately (due to personal and career-driven reasons), so I didn’t even know this book was coming out. The second I saw … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
When the Lights Go Out
Book Author:
Mary Kubica
Page Count:
332
Publishing Date:
September 4th 2018
Publisher:
Park Row
Date Read:
January 13th, 2020
Format:
Hardcover
Source:
Library

Synopsis

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica.

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

My Review

…What did I just read? I’m absolutely baffled by this book, blown away by the huge twist at the end. I don’t mean it in a bad way, either – I’m just so…wow. Just when I think thrillers can no … Continue reading

4 stars
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