The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

I vow. You vow. We vow. Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one. Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one. People think… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Arranged relationship
  • Sex slavery
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Dubious consent scenarios including consensual somnophilia and rape-play
  • Improper BDSM practices
  • Drugging including nonconsensual manipulation of birth control prescription
  • Depiction of a dead body
  • Branding (consensual)
  • Genital mutilation
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Gun & knife violence
  • Physical assault
  • Drowning
  • Cult
  • Stalking & nonconsensual surveillance

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming. Time is run… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted suicide & suicidal ideation recounted
  • Nonconsensual drugging, on- & off-page
  • Hospital
  • Coma
  • Blood depiction & blood-drinking
  • Minor physical injuries
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Kidnapping
  • Cults
  • Mass murder by poison
  • Explosion
  • Car accident recounted
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Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse recounted
  • Parental infidelity recounted
  • Suicide cults discussed
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father

My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter

My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter

Behind the white-washed walls of the Arizona compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, “live in the light,” and all would be well. Zylynn was excited to turn thirteen and begin the work of bringing others into the light, to save them from the liars and the darkness of the outside world. But when she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, she is confused and desperate to return home. Zylynn resists her new life—until she finds small comforts, like shampoo, the color pink, and strawberries. But as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Zylynn must make a difficult… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Starvation
  • Cults
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Run Away by Harlan Coben

Run Away by Harlan Coben

Your daughter is missing. You’ll risk anything to find her. And then you see her, frightened and clearly in trouble. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. You follow her into a dark, dangerous world where no one is safe and murder is commonplace. Now it’s your life on the line…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Daughter with a substance addiction
  • Murder
  • Cults
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Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek? As the Prophet grows more… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Ableism
  • Statutory rape
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Forced child marriage & polygyny
  • Paedophilia and child sexual abuse
  • Child abuse, on-page
  • Domestic violence mentioned
  • Depression
  • Pandemic
  • Serious physical injury
  • Diabetic shock & crisis
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping recounted
  • Cults (theme)
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Seed by Lisa Heathfield

Seed by Lisa Heathfield

Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go. Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape before it’s too late.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Paedophilia
  • Suicide
  • Cult (theme)
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The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson

The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson

Seventeen-year-old Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one. She would do anything for Father. That’s why she takes care of all her little sisters. That’s why she runs end-of-the-world drills. That’s why she never asks questions. Because Father knows best. Until the day he doesn’t. Until the day the government raids the compound and separates Piper from her siblings, from Mother, from the Aunts, from all of Father’s followers–even from Caspian, the boy she loves. Now Piper is living Outside… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Cults (theme)
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The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school’s magic club—to see him through to graduation. But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs. With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Child abuse
  • Cults

Heart Recaptured by Tillie Cole

Heart Recaptured by Tillie Cole

A few long weeks after being reluctantly ripped from the comforting embrace of her sacred prophet’s religious commune—the only life she has ever known—a terrified Delilah is thrust into a world enveloped by evil and swimming in sin. Steadfastly devout in her faith, and retaining the deep belief that her soul is innately tarnished as a branded ‘Cursed woman of Eve’, Delilah is determined to find her way home to her people in The Order and away from the corrupt and damned outlaw motorcycle club—The Hades Hangmen—who hold her at their secluded compound for her protect..⁣⁣⁣.. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Paedophilia & grooming recounted
  • Sexual assault
  • Gang rape
  • Child abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-mutilation
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
  • Cult