Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Jessie is trapped: during an ill-fated S&M game, she kicks her husband and induces a fatal coronary. She is handcuffed to the bed in a lakeside cabin in the middle of nowhere, with no means of escape. Voices in her head force her to confront a buried childhood trauma.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Attempted martial rape, on-page
  • Paedophilia & incestuous child sexual assault (father-daughter)
  • Hallucinations, delusions & intrusive thoughts
  • Dehydration
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injury
  • Death of a husband from a heart attack
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Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Suspected of murdering the crippled widow for whom she worked as a housekeeper and companion, Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell. But it isn’t the one the police are expecting to hear. It’s a little darker, a little stranger – and a lot more horrifying.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Domestic abuse & violence
  • Marital rape
  • Paedophilia & incestuous child sexual abuse (father-daughter)
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse
  • Hallucinations
  • Dementia
  • Stroke recounted
  • Death of a husband in a car accident
  • Murder
  • Death from a fall
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Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Every marriage has two hearts, one light and one dark. Lisey knew it when she first fell for Scott. And now he’s dead, she knows it for sure.

Lisey was the light to Scott Landon’s dark for twenty-five years. As his wife, only she saw the truth behind the public face of the famous author – that he was a haunted man whose bestselling novels were based on a terrifying reality.

Now Scott has gone, Lisey wants to lock herself away with her memories. But the fans have other ideas. And when the sinister threats begin, Lisey realises that, just as Scott depended on her strength – her light – to live, so she will have to draw on his darkness to survive.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Self harm
  • Death of a husband
  • Filicide of a brother recounted
  • Attempted murder by gun violence recounted
  • Knife violence
  • Home invasion
  • Blackmail
  • Animal dead body (cat)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the ’30s. Janie’s quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & colourism
  • Slavery mentioned
  • Rape mentioned
  • Domestic abuse & violence
  • Rabies
  • Death of a husband
  • Gun violence
  • Hurricane
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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antiziganism
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Agoraphobia
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child & husband in a car accident recounted
  • Murder
  • Stalking
  • Animal death mentioned
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Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu

Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu and translated by Montana Kane

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.

With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical injuries & burns
  • Hospital
  • Death of a husband
  • Murder
  • Fire
  • War themes & battle scenes
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Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape of a minor mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a mother from a drug overdose mentioned
  • Death of a father from suicide
  • Death of parents from gun violence mentioned
  • Death of a husband from heart failure mentioned
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
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At Attention by Annabeth Albert

At Attention by Annabeth Albert

Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he’s lucky a friend’s younger brother needs a place to stay. He’s surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete’s body. Apollo’s widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.

It’s been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it’s time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he’s all man now—an adult who’s fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo’s muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can’t afford to fall for that guy… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Outing
  • Hospital
  • Chronic back pain
  • Emesis
  • Needles
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a husband recounted
  • Pregnancy mentioned
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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Macy has little to look forward to while her boyfriend is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, practicing vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time with her mother, sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a taste for Truth-telling and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father & husband recounted
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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Suicide, on-page
  • Pregnancy & childbirth
  • Miscarriage
  • Death of a husband
  • Gun violence
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