The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

Virginia, 1943: World War II is raging in Europe and on the Pacific front when Kit Sutherland is recruited to help the war effort as a codebreaker at Arlington Hall, a former girls’ college now serving as the site of a secret US Signals Intelligence facility in Virginia. But Kit is soon involved in another kind of fight: Government girls are being brutally murdered in Washington DC, and when Kit stumbles onto a bloody homicide scene, she is drawn into the hunt for the killer. To find the man responsible for the gruesome murders and bring him to justice, Kit joins forces with other female… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Nazism
  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Drugging, off-page
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Fire
  • War themes
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Gone to Ground by Bronwyn Hall

Gone to Ground by Bronwyn Hall

UN surgeon Rachel Forester is posted at a remote medical clinic deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With violence escalating in the region, Dr Forester risks her life by remaining to tend an injured child while the rest of her team evacuates. On the cusp of her final desperate chance to leave, a soldier is carried into the camp by three other members of his unit, his condition so critical, his airlift must take priority over hers. With no help coming, and in the path of warring militias, this small unit must flee through the heart of the jungle to reach the safety of… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Gun violence
  • Animal death
  • War themes
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Lizard’s Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Lizard’s Tale by Weng Wai Chan

It’s Singapore in 1940, war is just around the corner—but twelve-year-old Lizard doesn’t know that. He lives in Chinatown above a tailor’s shop, surviving on his wits and hustling for odd jobs. When he steals a small teak box containing a Japanese code book from a Raffles Hotel suite, he finds himself in a dangerous world of wartime espionage. Lizard doesn’t know who to trust. How is the mysterious book inside the box connected to his friend Lili, a girl full of secrets and fighting skills? Can he trust her, or will she betray him in the end?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Parental abandonment
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Disappearance of a relative
  • War World Two
  • Colonialism
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A Daring Pursuit by Kate Bateman

A Daring Pursuit by Kate Bateman

Carys Davies is doing everything in her power to avoid marriage. Staying single is the only way to hide the secret that could ruin her—and her family—if it was revealed. For the past two seasons she’s scandalized the ton with her outrageous outfits and brazen ways in a futile bid to deter potential suitors. Outwardly confident and carefree, inside she’s disillusioned with both men and love. There’s only one person who’s never bought her act—the only man who makes her heart race: Tristan Montgomery, one of her family’s greatest… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blackmail
  • Gun violence
  • War themes
  • Animal cruelty
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When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat—the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenaged son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Rape mentioned
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • War themes
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Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug-addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den, and revealing his presence there could cost him his career… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Substance addiction
  • Eye trauma
  • Death of a spouse recounted
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • War & colonialism theme
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The Proposal by Mary Balogh

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy, especially since a freak accident took her husband much too soon. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo never intends to kiss Lady Muir, and frankly, he judges her to be a spoiled, frivolous–if beautiful–aristocrat. He is a gentleman in name only: a soldier whose bravery earned him a title; a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Suicide
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Death of a husband recounted
  • Military service in the Napoleonic Wars recounted
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Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention. But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke’s eye—and she was the only female in the room who wasn’t even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome duke, all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress. What a red-blooded woman… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Suicide
  • Forced institutionalisation
  • Pregnancy from rape recounted
  • Blackmail
  • War themes
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Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh

Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh

Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality. Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she. Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom. Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society lady… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Suicide
  • Forced institutionalisation
  • Pregnancy from rape recounted
  • Blackmail
  • War themes
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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked. Only three survivors remain one of them a tiny child. In a neighbouring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is bundled into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military rape camp. In the year 2000, her mind is still haunted by her experiences there, but she has long been silent about her memories of that time. It takes twelve-year-old Kevin, and the mumbled confession he overhears from his ailing grandmother, to set in motion a journey into the unknown… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Sex slavery
  • Bullying
  • World War Two
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