The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Physical abuse
  • Forced drug use
  • Forced institutionalisation
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A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong

A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong

Thorne Manor has always been haunted…and it has always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt’s house, where she visited William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, the house was shuttered and Bronwyn was convinced that William existed only in her imagination.

Now, twenty years later Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor. And when she returns, William is waiting… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation recounted
  • Death of a spouse recounted
  • Death of a child recounted
  • Murder
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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slut shaming
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcoholism
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Graphic discussions of miscarriage & stillbirth
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Stalking
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Misogyny
  • Sexual harassment
  • Self harm
  • Nightmares
  • Blood depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Emesis
  • Nonconsensual psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a brother recounted
  • Death of a mother, father & guardian recounted
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Physical assault
  • Explosion
  • Poisoning
  • Loss of autonomy (mind control)
  • Imprisonment
  • Homelessness
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To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace

To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace

This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they’re able to redeem themselves?

From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, amanda lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In the first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explored the memory of being in a toxic romantic relationship. In to drink coffee with a ghost, lovelace unravels the memory of the complicated relationship she had with her now-deceased mother.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Sexual assault
  • Cheating
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Abusive relationship
  • Eating disorder
  • Depression
  • Self harm
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Forced hospitalisation
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Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else–her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape
  • Abusive relationship
  • Intimate partner abuse & violence
  • Substance addiction
  • Recreational drug use & abuse
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Physical injuries
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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption mentioned
  • Pandemic
  • Medical experimentation
  • Psychiatric hospital mentioned
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Imprisonment
  • Torture
  • Disappearance of a grandmother
  • Animal attack
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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The very married man from the bar… who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Rape by coercion
  • Adult-minor relationship recounted
  • Domestic violence
  • Cheating
  • Abortion
  • Sleep disorder & night terrors
  • Substance addiction
  • Recreational drug use
  • Overdose
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Burns
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a wife
  • Death of a mother
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Stalking
  • Fire recounted
  • Graphic animal death & death of a pet
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Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act—suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade. Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other’s help, they can find their way to a better life—but only if they’re strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Queermisia
  • Sexual, emotional & physical abuse
  • Teacher-student relationship mentioned
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance addiction
  • Suicide & attempted suicide (theme)
  • Self-harm
  • Abortion mentioned
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Murder
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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Child abuse
  • Cheating
  • Suicide & attempted suicide
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Eyeball trauma
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Death of a husband
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Strangulation
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