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2018 Mystery & Horror
This slow-burn ghost story may not contain the frenzy many readers are accustomed to in modern horror novels, but the steady pacing will guide you right to the end. O'Callaghan creates a character out of the landscape itself, mysterious, foreboding, beautiful, and tragic. The spirit of this book lingers so don't be surprised if you catch yourself glancing over your shoulder while walking at night in your own house.
Imagine growing up as the daughter of a man who is widely believed to have brutally murdered his children's nanny, attacked his wife, and then disappeared forever. A Double Life takes on of the 20th century's most famous unsolved cases and tells it from the perspective of the daughter left behind. Tension builds as the daughter becomes obsessed with finding her father and understanding what really happened that night. Flynn Berry's treatment of class differences, the meaning of loyalty, and the long-term effects of trauma enrich this compeliing and suspenseful story.
This translated collection of interwoven short stories follows Maud, a highly independent elderly lady with a large inherited apartment. Comfortable in her simple, isolated life of routine and world travel, she is thrown for a loop when a new, famous woman moves into her building and begins attempting to become Maud's friend. Realizing this woman is in fact trying to scam Maud out of her much larger apartment, Maud takes drastic action in order to save her home. Out of chronological order, the other stories in this collection chart Maud's ability to play into everyone's expectations that she is an infirm, hard of hearing old spinster who couldn't possibly have a malicious bone in her body. She manages to escape unscathed each time until a body is discovered in her own apartment. Will she manage to escape suspicion once again or will the detectives realize she might just know more than she lets on? Full of fun (and a little bit of gore), this small book will leave you laughing while you’re also biting your nails with worry about what’s going to happen to little old Maud.
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What if you had a medical condition that caused you to fall into a sleep so deep, you appeared to be dead? Well, Carol could tell you - if she ever wakes up, that is. Only two people know about her condition: her gold-digging husband and a long-lost love, an outlaw who is shrouded in a mystery of his own. When Carol succumbs to her latest coma, her greedy husband attempts to make swift work of her funeral in order to claim an inheritance, but not without raising the suspicions of some of the locals. In this part-western-part-horror novel, best-selling Malerman spins a thrilling tale of Sleeping Beauty in a way you wouldn't expect.