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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Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Once a social worker specializing in kids who were the victims of violent crime, Elle Castillo is now the host of a popular true-crime podcast that tackles cold cases of missing children in her hometown of the Twin Cities. After two seasons of successfully solving cases, Elle decides to tackle her white whale—The Countdown Killer. Twenty years ago, TCK abruptly stopped after establishing a pattern of taking and ritualistically murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. No one’s ever known why—why he stopped with his eleventh victim, a girl of eleven years old, or why he… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Emesis
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • Fire recounted
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Haunting Adeline by Renee Carlino

Haunting Adeline by Renee Carlino

The Manipulator: I can manipulate the emotions of anyone who lets me. I will make you hurt, make you cry, make you laugh and sigh. But my words don’t affect him. Especially not when I plead for him to leave. He’s always there, watching and waiting. And I can never look away. Not when I want him to come closer.

The Shadow: I didn’t mean to fall in love. But now that I have, I can’t stay away. I didn’t mean to fall…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child sex trafficking
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Dubious consent scenarios
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking
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Treasure by Oyinkan Braithwaite 

Treasure by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Treasure is a wannabe Instagram influencer in Lagos, Nigeria. She shows off a luxurious life in a gated community that her almost five thousand followers can only dream of. @Sho4Sure is determined to be part of it. The macho mechanic is Treasure’s number one fan, and double taps and blushing emojis are no longer enough. He needs to meet her in the flesh. If only Treasure were more prepared for destiny.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood depiction
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Stalking
  • Home invasion
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Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan 

Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

As kids, they hated each other. Macon Saint was beautiful, but despite his name, Delilah knew he was the devil. That he dated her slightly evil sister, Samantha, was no picnic either. When they broke up, it was a dream come true: Delilah never had to see him again. Ten years later, her old enemy sends a text.

Ten years later, her old enemy sends a textDelilah’s sister has stolen a valuable heirloom from Macon, now a rising Hollywood star, and he intends to collect his due. One problem: Sam has skipped town… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental abuse
  • Stalking, off-page
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The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley Cole

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Abandonment
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
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Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell

Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell

High up on the windswept cliffs of Pale Peak, Faye and Felix celebrate their new engagement. But soon, a chorus of ghastly noises erupts from the nearby woods: the screams of animals, the cries of children, and the mad babble of a hundred mournful voices. A dark figure looms near the windows in the dead of night, whispering to Faye. As the weather turns deadly, Felix discovers that his terrified fiancée isn’t just mumbling in her sleep – she’s whispering back.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Stillbirth
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Stalking
  • Loss of autonomy (possession)
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The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjørk

The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjørk

An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head.

Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Drug abuse
  • Murder
  • Stalking
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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and illustrated by Sarah Watts

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Gun violence
  • Stalking
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Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree 

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen.

However, her dreams of a fresh start pulling shots instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet. Old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally build something that will last, Viv will need some new partners and a different kind of resolve.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Fire
  • Stalking
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