My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Rachel, my torment. Philip Ashley lives in a Cornish manor with his Uncle Ambrose who essentially raised him. Both men are contented bachelors until a woman named Rachel lures Ambrose into a sudden marriage that ends tragically. When Rachel returns from Italy alone, Philip is determined to be quickly rid of the witch and her…

The Child by Fiona Barton

Emma is an at-home book editor, riddled with anxiety, cowed by her domineering mother, Jude and her unusual upbringing. She wishes she knew who her father was, and struggles to forgive her mother for kicking her out of the house as a young teenager. Jude never got over the subsequent loss of her charismatic boyfriend,…

Insomnia by Stephen King

Insomnia by Stephen King is very different from his other horror novels: less gruesome, gory, and terrifying, more supernatural and speculative. It will challenge any preconceived notions or beliefs you have about fate and chance, life and death, and everyone’s purpose and even powers in this world. A sleep-deprived elderly man named Ralph is susceptible…

Smoke and Mirrors: A jack-in-the-box, trolls, vampires, and twisted fairytales

Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors is a book of short stories written over the course of several decades, and the stories, while all carrying some element of sci fi, also span various genres from horror, to romance, to corrupted manipulations of childhood fairy tales and figures. In only 100 words, Gaiman obliterates our childhood perceptions…