Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko

Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko

While vacationing at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences. He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin. As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her… Read more,

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Depression
  • Attempted suicide
  • Abortion mentioned
  • Blackmail

The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw

The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw

A diverse team of broken, diminished former criminals get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission and to rescue a missing and much-changed comrade… but they’re not the only ones in pursuit of the secret at the heart of the planet Dimmuborgir. The highly-evolved AI of the universe have their own agenda and will do whatever it takes to keep humans from ever controlling the universe again. This band of dangerous women, half-clone and half-machine, must battle their own traumas and a universe of sapient ageships who want them dead, in order to settle their affairs once and for all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Eye trauma
  • Surgical procedures
  • Amputation
  • Torture
  • Blackmail

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbours: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home. Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Kleptomania
  • Blackmail

BVita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko

Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko and Sergey Dyachenko

While vacationing at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences. He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin. As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her domineering mentor directs her to move to a… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Depression
  • Attempted suicide
  • Abortion mentioned
  • Blackmail

Hidden Truths by Neva Altaj

Hidden Truths by Neva Altaj

I’m trying to not fall for a man I shouldn’t want. Now, I’m fighting to stay away from my enemies, Only to end up in the hands of a crazed killer. But what will happen when we both reveal our hidden truths? The only place where a killing machine like me belongs. And I feel out of control, full of rage, Until a broken, injured woman stumbles onto my path, and there will be no escaping it this time. Sometimes, my demons come rushing back, Keeping her prisoner is my only option. That’s all I can do. And sending my demons to sleep. Close to losing myself completely. My sanctuary from the past. Awakening my protective instincts… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Attempted sexual assault recounted
  • Child abuse
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Organised crime (bratva)
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping & captivity

The Art of Insanity by Christine Webb

The Art of Insanity by Christine Webb

Putting up a front and hiding her mental illness from her classmates is going to be the hardest thing Natalie’s ever done. It’s her senior year, and she’s just been selected to present her artwork at a prestigious show. With the stress of performing on her shoulders, it doesn’t help when Natalie notices a boy who makes her heart leap. And then there’s fellow student Ella, who confronts Natalie about her summer car “accident” and pressures her into caring for the world’s ugliest dog. Now Natalie finds herself juggling all kinds of feels and responsibilities. Surely her newly… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Death of a parent
  • Car accident
  • Blackmail

The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George

The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George

Darby and Morgan haven’t spoken for two years, and their friend group has splintered. But when the body of their former science teacher is found in the marsh where they attended camp that summer, they realize they have more questions than answers . . . and even fewer memories. The group of reunited friends suspects that a murderer is stalking the coastal highway 30A, and they are desperate to recover their memories as quickly as possible . . . before their history they can’t remember repeats itself. As tensions rise… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Statutory rape
  • Attempted rape of a minor
  • Memory loss
  • Car accident
  • Kidnapping & hostage situtation
  • Blackmail
  • Death of a pet mentioned

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical, verbal & emotional child abuse recounted
  • Parental abandonment
  • Panic attack
  • Suicide recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging mentioned
  • Stillbirth recounted
  • Blood & physical injuries depiction
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father in a fire recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Physical assault
  • Explosion
  • Poisoning
  • Kidnapping & hostage situation
  • Blackmail
  • Colonialism & slavery discussed
  • Animal death mentioned

I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grab

I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grab

The email arrives Sunday night: Do exactly what I say, when I say it, or I will reveal your secret. On Monday morning, seventh graders Owen, Gemma, Ally, and Todd, who have nothing in common and barely know each other, must work together and follow the instructions of an anonymous blackmailer. None of them want to go along with the blackmailer’s instructions, but each of them have a secret they must protect at all costs. Set during a single day of school, the students race against the clock to complete a disquieting set of tasks, with fast-paced… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism mentioned
  • Misogyny mentioned
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • COVID-19, discussed
  • Blackmail (theme)
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Burn for Me by Sara Cate

Burn for Me by Sara Cate

I ruined his life. It was my investigation that sent his father to jail. It was my fault his mother killed herself shortly after. I’ve regretted it every day since. When he shows up in my Journalism class, I know I’m in trouble.
Cullen Ayers wants to make me pay. His torment becomes my life, and I endure every moment because I deserve it. What started as revenge quickly turns into lust. He’s only eighteen, and I should be ashamed of how good this feels when we’re alone, but I can’t help myself. I’m in too deep. I’m starting to discover his family’s secrets go far deeper than I first… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Dubious consent scenario
  • Suicide
  • Blackmail
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