A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbour clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Fatmisia
  • Incest
  • Alcoholism
  • Infertility mentioned
  • Physical injury
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Car accident
  • Animal death
  • Animal cruelty
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We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

Uniquely told through letters from death row and third-person narrative, Bryan Bliss’s hard-hitting third novel expertly unravels the string of events that landed a teenager in jail. Luke feels like he’s been looking after Toby his entire life. He patches Toby up when Toby’s father, a drunk and a petty criminal, beats on him, he gives him a place to stay, and he diffuses the situation at school when wise-cracking Toby inevitably gets into fights. Someday, Luke and Toby will leave this small town, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, and never look back… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical child abuse
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Smoking
  • Emesis
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Imprisonment
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Alex by Sawyer Bennett

Alex by Sawyer Bennett

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be moulded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy… not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parent with alcoholism recounted
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Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

For Ri Fernández’s entire life, she’s been told, “We live in America and we speak English.” Raised by her strict Mexican grandma, Ri has never been allowed to learn Spanish. What’s more, her grandma has always pushed Ri away from the neighbourhood they call home and toward her best friend’s world of mansions and country clubs in the hopes that it’ll bring Ri closer to achieving the “American Dream.” In her most private thoughts, Ri has always believed that her mother, who disappeared… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Slut shaming
  • Child abandonment
  • Recreational drug use
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Teen pregnancy mentioned
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Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks 

Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks

Emily just wants to keep the world away. She doesn’t want anyone to know all the ways her life is messed up. Going to anger management every Saturday, talking to strangers, was not part of the plan.

Jake just wants to keep his family together. He’s also messed everything up. Going to anger management is now his best hope for bonding with his six-year-old Alfie. Emily can’t understand why Jake… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical child abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Blood depiction
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The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg––taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career––and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she’s been away…and some secrets can’t stay buried… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual harassment
  • Revenge porn, including revenge porn involving minors
  • Infidelity
  • Eating disorder
  • Discussions of weight & body image
  • Alcoholism
  • Miscarriage
  • Abortion
  • Cancer
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magi… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Incest mentioned
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Amputation
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Murder
  • Beheading
  • Imprisonment
  • Torture
  • Fire
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Shadows You Left by Taylor Brooke and Jude Sierra 

Shadows You Left by Taylor Brooke & Jude Sierra

The white picket fence. The happily-ever-after. That life was never meant for him. For years he’s been bouncing from city to city—from one cage fight to another. That’s his outlet. That’s pain Erik can control. But in Seattle, everything changed. River’s an artist. He’s a pretty boy. He does yoga. Someone so soft shouldn’t be intrigued by Erik’s rough edges… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Murder
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The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand

The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for. They’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her.

But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Attempted suicide
  • Drug abuse
  • Heart disease
  • Hospitalisation
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My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows 

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton &  Jodi Meadows

Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou. JANE (a genuine hero-eene).

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Emotional & physical child abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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