Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Young people on the Midwich Estate don’t have much Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Statutory rape recounted
  • Workplace sexual harassment
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Gun violence
  • Home invasion
  • Stalking
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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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Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer’s brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die–and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape
  • Child abuse
  • Cannibalism
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Fire
  • Home invasion
  • Animal cruelty
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Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde by Jeff Guinn

Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde by Jeff Guinn

Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde by Jeff Guinn

In Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Their timing could not have been better — the Barrow Gang pulled its first heist in 1932 when most Americans, reeling from the Great Depression, were desperate for escapist entertainment. Thanks to newsreels, true crime magazines, and new-fangled wire services that transmitted scandalous photos of Bonnie smoking a cigar to every newspaper in the nation, the Barrow Gang members almost instantly became household names on a par with Charles Lindbergh, Jack Dempsey, and Babe Ruth. In the minds of the public, they were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity.

Nothing could have been further from the truth.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Sexism & misogyny
  • Adult-minor relationships
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Forced marriage
  • Child abuse
  • Estrangement
  • Abusive relationship
  • Intimate partner abuse & violence
  • Parental abuse & abandonment
  • Physical abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcoholism
  • Infertility themes
  • Medical treatment & procedures
  • Chronic illness & pain
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sibling
  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Flogging & whipping
  • Gun violence
  • Mugging
  • Home invasion
  • Kidnapping
  • Hostage situation
  • Imprisonment
  • Hazing
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Flirting with Forever by Cara Bastone

Flirting with Forever by Cara Bastone

Mary Trace is bright, bubbly and back in the dating pool in her midthirties. All of her closest friends are in love, and she refuses to miss out on romance. So when a regular customer at her trendy Brooklyn boutique wants to set Mary up on a blind date with her son, she gives a hesitant yes. John Modesto-Whitford is gorgeous and well-groomed, so maybe dinner won’t be a total bust—until he drops a less-than-flattering comment about Mary’s age.

Desperate to be nothing like his snake of a politician father, public defender John Modesto-Whitford prides himself on his honesty and candor. But his social awkwardness and lack of filter just blew it with the most beautiful woman he’s ever dated… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abandonment
  • Cheating recounted
  • Dieting
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of an aunt from cancer recounted
  • Death of a friend in a car accident recounted
  • Home invasion
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The Body Lies by Jo Baker

The Body Lies by Jo Baker

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote English countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the bustle of London and the scene of a violent assault she is desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of her new life and the demands of single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, during class a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group. When a troubled student starts turning in chapters that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognizes herself as the main character in his book–and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it’s too late

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cheating
  • Rape
  • Suicide
  • Gun violence
  • Home invasion
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In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson

In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson

Ava’s life is the kind other people envy: loving husband; great kids; beautiful house. Until the night that a violent home invasion plunges her world into chaos.

In the aftermath of the attack, Ava needs answers to two questions. Who has targeted her family? And why? Things aren’t adding up. She is starting to suspect that someone knows more than they are letting on. That everything she thought she knew about the people closest to her was a lie.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cheating
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Home invasion
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Fractured by Karin Slaughter

Fractured by Karin Slaughter

When Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, she walks into a nightmare. A broken window, a bloody footprint on the stairs and, most devastating of all, the horrifying sight of her teenage daughter lying dead on the landing, a man standing over her with a bloody knife. The struggle which follows changes Abigail’s life for ever.

When the local police make a misjudgement which not only threatens the investigation but places a young girl’s life in danger, the case is handed over to Special Agent Will Trent.. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slut shaming
  • Rape
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Child abuse
  • Suicide
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Strangulation
  • Kidnapping
  • Home invasion
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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a ‘secret annexe’, fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary. Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank’s diary has been giving us a deeper insight into her world. Her curiosity about her emerging sexuality, the conflicts with her mother, her passion for Peter, a boy whose family hid with hers, and her acute portraits of her fellow prisoners reveal Anne as more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Smoking
  • Home invasion
  • Bombings
  • Gun violence
  • Concentration camps
  • The Holocaust & World War Two (theme)
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The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Misogyny
  • Antiziganism (g slur)
  • Arranged marriage discussed
  • Domestic abuse
  • Cheating, grey-area
  • Miscarriage
  • Pregnancy discussed
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a son
  • Murder
  • Fire
  • Home invasion
  • War themes
  • Bullying, recounted
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