King’s Man by Sally Malcolm

King’s Man by Sally Malcolm

Had there been no war, Sam Hutchinson and Nate Tanner would have lived their lives together as intimate friends, and secret lovers. But when the revolution convulsed America, it threw them down on opposite sides of history.

Five years later, Sam is a Loyalist refugee in London, penniless, bitter, and scrambling to survive amid the city’s shadowy underworld. It’s a far cry from his respectable life as a Rhode Island lawyer, and the last person he wants to witness his ruin is Nate Tanner— the man he… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Scars
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Police violence & brutality
  • Imprisonment
  • Flogging recounted
  • Colonialism
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All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred Taylor

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

Cassie Logan is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Rape & attempted rape
  • Sexual harassment
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Lynchings
  • Police brutality
  • Physical assault
  • Immolation
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The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley 

The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​ She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Slavery
  • Human trafficking
  • Eugenics mentioned
  • Sex work mentioned
  • Sexual harassment
  • Domestic abuse
  • Amnesia
  • Suicide
  • Drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Involuntary medical experimentation
  • Hospitalisation
  • Cannibalism
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
  • Police brutality
  • Fire
  • Poverty
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Under the Dome by Stephen King

Under the Dome by Stephen King

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighbouring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Gang rape
  • Suicide
  • Drug use
  • Necrophilia
  • Dead bodies
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
  • Animal death
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A Master of Djinn by P Djèlí Clark 

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Colonialism
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Gambling addiction
  • Self-mutilation
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Police brutality
  • Immolation
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Three O’Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio 

Three O’Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio

Antonio is eighteen years old and on the cusp of adulthood. His father, a brilliant mathematician, hasn’t played a large part in his life since divorcing Antonio’s mother but when Antonio is diagnosed with epilepsy, they travel to Marseille to visit a doctor who may hold the hope for an effective treatment. It is there, in a foreign city, under strained circumstances, that they will get to know each other and connect for the first time. A beautiful, gritty, and charming port city… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Police violence mentioned
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Kneel by Candace Buford

Kneel by Candace Buford

For guys like Russell Boudreaux, football is the only way out of their small town. As the team’s varsity tight end, Rus has a singular goal: to get a scholarship and play on the national stage. But when his best friend is unfairly arrested and kicked off the team, Rus faces an impossible choice: speak up or live in fear.

Desperate for change, Rus kneels during the national anthem. In one instant, he falls from local…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial profiling
  • Hate crime
  • Police brutality
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Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell 

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

A thief. An officer. A guardian. Three strangers. One shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing. Whispers of revolution have begun-a… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Sex work mentioned
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
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Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan 

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Racism
  • Antiziganism
  • Sexism
  • Rape, off-page
  • Physical child abuse recounted
  • Infertility mentioned
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Drugging
  • Scars
  • Decapitation
  • Death of a mother by murder recounted
  • Police brutality
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This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

In the middle of Budapest, there is a river. Csilla knows the river is magic. During WWII, the river kept her family safe when they needed it most–safe from the Holocaust. But that was before the Communists seized power. Before her parents were murdered by the Soviet police. Before Csilla knew things about her father’s legacy that she wishes she could forget.

Now Csilla keeps her head down, planning her… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Antisemitism
  • Homomisia
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Police brutality
  • Gun violence
  • The Holocaust
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