The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

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At eighteen, Somlata married into the Mitras: a once noble Bengali household whose descendants have taken to pawning off the family gold to keep up appearances.

When Pishima, the embittered matriarch, dies, Somlata is the first to discover her aunt-in-law’s body – and her sharp-tongued ghost.

First demanding that Somlata hide her gold from the family’s prying hands, Pishima’s ghost continues to wreak havoc on the Mithras.  With secrets spilt and cooking spoilt, Somlata finds herself at the centre of the chaos.  And as the family teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, it looks as though it’s up to her to fix it.

The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die is a frenetic, funny and fresh novel about three generations of Mitra women, a jewellery box and the rickety family they hold together.  

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The Taking Of Annie Thorne by C. J. Tudor

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Then

One night, my little sister went missing.  There were searches, appeals.  Everyone thought the worst.  And then, miraculously, she came back.  She couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened.  But she wasn’t the same afterwards. She wasn’t my Annie.  Sometimes my own little sister scared me to death.

Now

The email arrives in my inbox:

I know what happened to your sister.  It’s happening again … 

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The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

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They sought the truth.

They found a nightmare.

A TV crew arrives at the Grand Canyon led by Nolan Moore, amateur archaeologist and host of The Anomaly Files.  Following the trail of a turn of the century explorer, the team seek proof of a hidden cave within the canyon, filled with ancient treasures.

At first, it seems that, once again, the crew will be returning to LA empty-handed.  But then their luck turns.  They find a cave – and artefacts beyond their wildest imaginations.  But quickly the team’s elation descends into a nightmare as they become trapped within the cavern’s dark passages with little possibility of escape.

Then events take an even more terrifying turn.

For not all secrets are meant to be found …

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Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg

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On the Baltic Sea, no one can hear you scream …

Tonight, twelve hundred expectant passengers have joined the booze-cruise between Sweden and Finland.  The creaking old ship travels this same route, back and forth, every day of the year. 

But this trip is going to be different.

In the middle of the night the ferry is suddenly cut off from the outside world.  There is nowhere to escape.  There is no way to contact the mainland.  And no one knows who they can trust.

Relationships are about to be tested.  Ordinary people are forced to become heroes.  But what happens this night may also bring out the worst in people …

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The Hunger by Alma Katsu

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After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads.  It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice.  They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination.  One is well-documented – the other untested, but rumoured to be short.  His decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him

The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations.  Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the elements to something more primal, and far more deadly …  

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The Woman In The Mirror by Rebecca James

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1947

Governess Alice Miller loves Winterbourne the moment she sees it towering over the wild Cornish cliffs.  The house promises refuge from her past – and her charges, motherless twins Constance and Edmund, are angelic.

2018

Adopted at birth, Rachel’s roots are a mystery. So, when a letter brings news of the death of an unknown relative, Rachel travels to Cornwall, vowing to uncover her family’s secrets.

With each new arrival, something in Winterbourne stirs.  It’s hiding in the paintings.  It’s sitting on the stairs.  It’s waiting in a mirror, behind a locked door … 

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The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis

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”The most dreadful monster ever created came ashore at Whitby …”

When orphans Ben and Jennet arrive in their new seaside home, they soon discover that it is a very extraordinary place. And with mysterious creatures on the shore and a deadly beast prowling the streets, it becomes clear that Aunt Alice and her friends are also not quite what they seem.  

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I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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You thought you had put your worst mistake behind you.

It’s still there. 

Molly wakes her mother to go to the toilet. The campsite is strangely blank. The toilet block has gone. Everything else has gone too. This is a place with no sun. No god.

Just four families remain. Each has done something to bring them here – each denies they deserve it. Until they see what’s coming over the horizon, moving irrevocably towards them. Their worst mistake. Their darkest fear.

And for just one of them, their homecoming. 

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