Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his Aunt Libby and Uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixedblood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks. For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and close calls—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Cannibalism
  • Animal death
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Gone to Ground by Bronwyn Hall

Gone to Ground by Bronwyn Hall

UN surgeon Rachel Forester is posted at a remote medical clinic deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With violence escalating in the region, Dr Forester risks her life by remaining to tend an injured child while the rest of her team evacuates. On the cusp of her final desperate chance to leave, a soldier is carried into the camp by three other members of his unit, his condition so critical, his airlift must take priority over hers. With no help coming, and in the path of warring militias, this small unit must flee through the heart of the jungle to reach the safety of… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Gun violence
  • Animal death
  • War themes
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The Dead by Charlie Higson

The Dead by Charlie Higson

The child in the video was terrified. Within days it had gone viral. The Internet stopped working – and they realised something was seriously wrong. The sickness struck everyone over fourteen. First, it twisted their minds. Next it ravaged their bodies. Now they roam the streets – crazed and hungry. Jack and Ed are survivors, determined to return home to London. Clinging to memories, they join misfits and fighters they meet on the road. And one adult, a butcher called Greg. But, when a devastating new threat arises, they know that for some there will only be one escape….

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood & gore depiction including body horror
  • Cannibalism
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • Animal death
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The Fallen by Charlie Higson

The Fallen by Charlie Higson

First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets, hunting human flesh. The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across London and made it to the Natural History Museum alive – just. But the fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way…The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies. To get them means a journey down unknown roads. Roads where not only crazed, hungry sickos hide in the shadows. Suddenly it’s not so clear who – or what – they’re fighting. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood & gore depiction including body horror
  • Cannibalism
  • Death of a child
  • Animal death
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That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming

That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming

All I wanted to do was live my life in peace. Maybe get a cat, expand my spice farm. Really anything that doesn’t involve going on a quest where an orc might rip my face off. But they say the Goddess has favorites. If so, I’m clearly not one of them. After saving the demon Fallon in a wine-drunk stupor, all he wanted to do was kill an evil witch enslaving his people. I mean, I get it. Don’t get me wrong. But he’s dragging me along for the ride, and I’m kind of peeved about it. On the bright side, he keeps burning off his shirt.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Racism
  • Fatmisia
  • Rape mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction including dead bodies
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a sibling recounted
  • Murder
  • Whipping
  • Fire
  • Animal death, on-page
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The White Girl by Tony Birch

The White Girl by Tony Birch

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism including the Stolen Generations
  • Antisemitism mentioned
  • Rape
  • Graphic suicide
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a spouse
  • Disappearance of a relative
  • Explosion
  • Colonialism
  • Animal death
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The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts

The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts

Welcome to Turtle Cove. A luxury resort surrounded by pristine sea and the dense beauty of the jungle, it is the perfect escape from the stresses of life and work. For couples Lou and Adam, Eliza and Noah, a few days spent relaxing on the beach, while their kids are happily distracted, is exactly what they need. But appearances can be deceiving. There’s a strange tension brewing at the resort, with relations between the hotel and the locals threatening to spill over into violence. This is nothing though compared to the strained atmosphere between the two families. They haven’t been friends for long and they are starting to realise they… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental abandonment mentioned
  • Child neglect recounted
  • Spousal and parental infidelity mentioned
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse, on-page
  • Recreational drug use
  • Minor physical injury including mentions of burns
  • COVID-19 pandemic mentioned (epilogue)
  • Graphic dead bodies
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Death of a mother from suicide by hanging recounted
  • Murder
  • Disappearance of a spouse & child
  • Explosion
  • Gun violence mentioned
  • Fire
  • Animal death mentioned (wild pig, fish)
  • Mentions of cruel animal hunting practices
  • Discussions of loss of business/livelihoods and traditional ways of life due to climate change
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Summerlost by Ally Condie

Summerlost by Ally Condie

It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood act… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent & brother recounted
  • Animal death
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Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester 

Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester 

There’s something out there that’s killing. Known only as The Cur, he leaves no traces, save for the torn bodies of girls, on the verge of becoming women, who are known as trouble-makers; those who refuse to conform, to know their place. Girls who don’t know when to shut up. 2019: Thirteen-year-old Lila Sawyer has secrets she can’t share with anyone. Not the school psychologist she’s seeing. Not her father, who has a new wife, and a new baby. And not her mother—the infamous Caroline Sawyer, a unique artist whose eerie… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted statutory rape
  • Hallucinations (auditory & visual)
  • Body horror
  • Graphic murder
  • Kidnapping of a child
  • Animal death
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True Betrayals by Nora Roberts

True Betrayals by Nora Roberts

Kelsey Byden always believed that her mother was dead. But now, after all this time, she has discovered the truth: Naomi Chadwick is still alive—after spending years in prison for the murder of her lover. Now, at Naomi’s Virginia horse farm, Kelsey is trying to sort out a lifetime of deception—and her feelings about her mother. The bonds of love can be fragile…as Kelsey learned from her recently ended marriage. But as the two women rebuild their relationship—and Kelsey finds herself swept into an unsettling new romance—she must decide once and for all who she can trust, and who threatens to betray her.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Animal death, on-page
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