All These Bodies

ALL THESE BODIES Written by Kendare Blake Published by Quill Tree Books, September 21, 2021 My star rating – 2 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Summer 1958. A gruesome killer plagues the Midwest, leaving behind a trail of bodies completely drained of blood.  Michael Jensen, an aspiring journalist whose father happens to be the town sheriff, never…

White Smoke

WHITE SMOKE Written by Tiffany D. Jackson Published by Katherine Tegen Books, September 14th, 2021 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS: Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern…

A Dark and Secret Place

A DARK AND SECRET PLACE Written by Jen Williams Published by Crooked Lane Books, June 8, 2021 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother’s baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery–stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer…

The Haunting of Hill House

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Written by Shirley Jackson Published by Arcturus Publishing in 2018 (Originally published Oct 16, 1959) My star rating – 4.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Rumors of psychic disturbances surround Hill House. Are they caused by a ghostly presence, or are the reasons for the building’s terrifying and mysterious reputation altogether more…

Severance

SEVERANCE Written by Ling Ma Published by Picador USA, May 7th, 2019 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she’s had her fill of uncertainty. She’s content just to carry…

Pet Semetery

PET SEMETERY Written by Stephen King Published by Penguin Books, November 1, 1984 My star rating: 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat….

The Silent Patient

THE SILENT PATIENT Written by Alex Michaelides Published by Celadon Books, February 5th, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: 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…

The Shining

THE SHINING Written by Stephen King Published by Anchor, January 28, 1977 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his…

Recursion

RECURSION Written by Blake Crouch Published by Crown Publishing Group, June 11, 2019 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories…