Category Archives: Suspense

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich; The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

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Two memoir-style works of fiction about coming of age, surviving trauma, and criminal investigation.

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The Devil in Silver, by Victor Lavalle: 3.5/5

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Pepper gets in a fight with a couple of cops, and finds himself suddenly committed to a mental institution. The fact the he is not mentally ill doesn’t seem to matter, and he begins doubting his own …

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The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley: 5/5

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In the rain, surrounded by unconscious attackers, she opens the envelope in her pocket. It says her name is Myfanwy Thomas. It says, ‘The body you are wearing …

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The Twelve, by Justin Cronin: 3.5/5

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In this sequel to The Passage, more stories of the apocalypse and its victims are told. And 100 years in the future, the story of the last human stand against the Virals, and Amy …

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The Passage, by Justin Cronin: 4/5

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A government experiment to prolong human life goes horribly wrong, releasing 12 Virals—mutated, super-strong, undying creatures with an insatiable hunger and a desire to spread—upon …

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Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez: 5/5

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After their family is attacked and their father is brutally murdered, the Locke siblings, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, move with their mother to Keyhouse, their ancestral New England home …

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Girl of Nightmares, by Kendare Blake: 4/5

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Cas Lowood’s job is to send ghosts on, but that work is being affected by his unwillingness to let one ghost go. Cas sees and hears Anna everywhere—and always in terrible pain …

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Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz: 4/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy atmosphere, dueling magic, deadly artifacts, plenty of villains (including one who is downright dastardly) …

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Shine Shine Shine, by Lydia Netzer: 4/5

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Good for: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but the more I mull it over, the more I think this could be one of my favorite books of the year …

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Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell: 5/5

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Good for: People who like books that are awesome. Adventure, science fiction, historical fiction, and suspense thriller—this book has a story …

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