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I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman

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Forty women live together in a cage. They have for as long as they can remember, however, no one can remember how they got there. The youngest of them is a teenager and was just a baby when she was imprisoned. She doesn’t know anything about the world outside of her cage. One day, when their capturers open the cage door to give them some food, an alarm goes off and the guards run away. Suddenly these 40 women are free in a world they don’t remember or understand. This novel got me out of a reading slump. I hadn’t...

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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A small Latinx spiritual community in LA are looking for a missing member of their family, Miguel. They felt that something is wrong with him but no one can find him. Yadriel is trying to prove himself to the rest of his community and goes looking for Miguel's spirit but accidentally finds someone else’s. Julian Diaz doesn’t know how he died or why but something tells Yadriel that it’s connected to his cousin, Miguel. I devoured this book in just two days because I really couldn’t put it down. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is not just an incredible story...

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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

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Marianna is grieving after the death of her husband. It’s been a year since he drowned and just as she’s beginning to move on she gets a call from her Niece, Zoe, who’s at university. There’s been a murder at the school, Zoe needs help. Marianna becomes obsessed with finding out who the murderer is and solving the crime, even to the detriment of the actual investigation.  The Maidens by Alex Michaelides had so much that I love as a reader. It’s a murder mystery, it’s heavily influenced by Ancient Greek mythology, and it’s set in an old university. I’m a...

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The Spirit Engineer by A.J. West

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Based on the true story of William Jackson Crawford and Kathleen Goligher, The Spirit Engineer by A.J. West is haunting (pun completely intended). After the tragedy of the Titanic, high society has become obsessed with spirituality and trying to talk to loved ones who have passed away. The Crawford family, who lost a member in the accident, fall victim to another tragedy. In mourning, Elizabeth Crawford has been sneaking away to séances, performed by Kathleen, in an attempt to reach her departed loved ones. After William catchers his wife at one of these meetings, things start to take a very...

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The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

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In a world where all of your favourite slasher franchises (and even the terrible ones we love to hate) are more than just "based on a true story". They're actually true events. Babysitter killers, summer camp monsters, psycho boyfriends with homoerotic best friends and machetes, all completely real and all beaten by the final girls. That’s only the beginning of the story for the women who have to deal with stalker fans, movies about their lives, copycat wannabes and murderabilia collectors. This is the world of The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix   I’m one of those people...

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