Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend. We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Paedophilia
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia & psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Pregnancy
  • Blood depiction
  • Body horror
  • Death of a child
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Bullying
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Shiner by Amy Jo Burns

Shiner by Amy Jo Burns

An hour from the closest West Virginia mining town, fifteen-year-old Wren Bird lives in a cloistered mountain cabin with her parents. They have no car, no mailbox, and no visitors-except for her mother’s lifelong best friend. Every Sunday, Wren’s father delivers winding sermons in an abandoned gas station, where he takes up serpents and praises the Lord for his blighted white eye, proof of his divinity and key to the hold he has over the community, over Wren and her mother… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Incest
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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins 

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being held in the Old Bailey.

The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Lesbomisia
  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Emotional & physical abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Abortion
  • Torture
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The Binding by Bridget Collins 

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Books are dangerous things in Collins’s alternate universe, a place vaguely reminiscent of 19th-century England. It’s a world in which people visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once their stories have been told and are bound between the pages of a book, the slate is wiped clean and their memories lose the power to hurt or haunt them.

After having suffered some sort of mental collapse and no longer able to keep up with his farm… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
  • Rape & rape of a minor
  • Incest mentioned
  • Suicide
  • Animal cruelty
  • Animal death
  • Fire
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Voyeur by Fiona Cole 

Voyeur by Fiona Cole

I didn’t know she was my student the first time I paid to watch her at Voyeur. Once she walked into my classroom, another smiling college freshman, I knew I should stop going. Stop watching. But I couldn’t do it. Everything about her makes me want more, and once I realize she wants me too, the temptation becomes irresistible. The worst part is that she has no idea her professor is the one watching behind the glass. I just have to hope that once she finds out the truth, she wants the same thing I do. Because now that I’ve seen all of her, I can’t look away.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Bimisia
  • Sex work shaming
  • Slut-shaming
  • Sex work
  • Sexual harassment
  • Incestuous child sexual abuse recounted*
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Panic attacks, on-page & recounted
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse

* Note : The male protagonist recounts the trauma of his male cousin sexually abusing him as a child.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawford’s arrive in the neighborhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen’s first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Incest
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Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys 

Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys

Bri Martin likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand. So when big, brooding underground boxer Luke Turner comes into the bar where she works and starts a fight before she brings his first drink, she can’t help being intrigued. Luke is everything she never wanted and everything she can’t resist.

Soon, Luke is showing up everywhere Bri is, and she can’t break free of his hold on her, nor does she want to. When her best friend turns on her, it’s Luke who is there. When Luke’s opponent comes after her to send Luke a message, it’s he who comes to her rescue… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child sexual abuse, on-page
  • Incest (father-daughter), on-page
  • Child physical abuse mentioned
  • Intimate partner violence mentioned
  • Coerced sex work mentioned
  • Parent with alcoholism mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Overdose mentioned
  • Physical injuries, including broken bones & concussion
  • Scars
  • Death of a brother by suicide mentioned
  • Police raid
  • Gun violence
  • Mugging
  • Homelessness
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The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

Thor broke the sword Tyrfing to save the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds earth, heaven and hell. Now the elves need the weapon for their war against the trolls. Only Scafloc, a human kidnapped and raised by elves, can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard, the changeling in his place among men.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Sex slavery
  • Incest
  • Rape
  • Death of a child
  • Torture
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Equilibrium by Joel Abernathy

Equilibrium by Joel Abernathy

Transforming before the harvest moon was once my biggest concern, but if the Family has their way, none of us will survive that long. Fighting back means resolving the war within, but with my memories intact, I’m no closer to choosing between the twins than I was.

Domination… Deceit… Decadence. They’re all just part of life at the Lodge. Life as the hybrid Prince.

Time is running out, and my divided soul is the only thing standing between the pack I love and the cosmic battle that’s coming to an end, once and for all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Incest
  • Claustrophobia
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Medical treatment
  • Torture
  • Knifeplay
  • Car accident

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future. They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all. Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Incest
  • Pregnancy & childbirth
  • Death of a child
  • Car accident