Devil s Day

Author: Andrew Michael Hurley
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781328489845
Release Date: 2018-10-02
Genre: Fiction

A gripping and unsettling new novel by the award-winning author of The Loney that asks how much we owe to tradition, and how far we will go to preserve it. In the wink of an eye, as quick as a flea, The Devil he jumped from me to thee. And only when the Devil had gone, Did I know that he and I'd been one . . . Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up, to help gather the sheep down from the moors for the winter. Very little changes in the Endlands, but this year, his grandfather—the Gaffer—has died and John's new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time. Each year, the Gaffer would redraw the boundary lines of the village, with pen and paper but also through the remembrance of tales and timeless communal rituals, which keep the sheep safe from the Devil. But as the farmers of the Endlands bury the Gaffer and prepare to gather the sheep, they begin to wonder whether they've let the Devil in after all.

The Loney

Author: Andrew Michael Hurley
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544746817
Release Date: 2016-05-10
Genre: Fiction

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award A Best Book of the Year, London Times and Daily Mail | An Exceptional Novel, Sunday Times Best Book of the Year, British Book Industry Awards | A Best Summer Book, Publishers Weekly “The terrors of this novel feel timeless . . . There are abominations here, and miracles.”—New York Times Book Review “An amazing piece of fiction.”—Stephen King “Completely terrifying.”—Paula Hawkins | “Vibrantly written.” —Entertainment Weekly “Stunning” —Jeff VanderMeer When Smith was a boy, he and his family went on an Easter pilgrimage with their local parish to the Loney, a bleak stretch of the English coastline, to visit an ancient shrine, in search of healing for Smith’s disabled brother. But the locals were none too pleased to welcome them, and the two brothers soon became entangled in a troubling morass of dangerous rituals. For years after, Smith carries the burden of what happened that spring. And when he hears that the body of a young child has been found during a storm at the Loney, he’s forced to reckon with his darkest secrets, no matter the cost. “The masterpiece by which Hurley will enter the Guild of the Gothic” (Guardian), The Loney marks the arrival of a remarkable new talent. “Fans of Shirley Jackson are sure to savor . . . Tight, suspenseful writing makes this masterful novel unsettling in the most compelling way.”—Washington Post

Upstairs Room

Author: Kate Murray-Browne
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1509837590
Release Date: 2018-05-17
Genre:

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial twenty-seven-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners - including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.

The Forbidden A Novel

Author: F. R. Tallis
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781605985923
Release Date: 2014-05-15
Genre: Fiction

The Alienist meets The Exorcist in Tallis’ new novel of psychological suspense, as an ambitious young doctor explores the dangerous border between science and the supernatural. 1873: When the ambitious Doctor Paul Clément takes a job on the island of Saint Sébastien, he has dreams of finding cures for tropical diseases. After witnessing the ritualistic murder of a young boy who was allegedly already dead, he is warned never to speak of what he has seen. Back in fin de siecle Paris, Paul’s attentions turn to studying the nervous system and resuscitation through electricity. Paul is told of patients who have apparently died, been brought back to life, and, while they lay between life and death, witnessed what they believed to be Heaven itself. Using forbidden knowledge he swore never to use, he attempts to experience what everyone else has seen, but something goes horribly wrong. When Paul returns to the land of the living, can it be possible that he brings something else back with him, an unspeakable evil so powerful it can never be banished?

The Unusual Death of Julie Christie and Other Stories

Author: Andrew Michael Hurley
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9780955981401
Release Date: 2008-09
Genre:

A fledgling love affair in Rhodes weaves in and out of different realities...a couple staying in a farmhouse in northern France try and find love for the child they were forced into wanting...a Polish immigrant confronts his fears in an alien city...two lovers find a simple truth about the people in their lives in a child's picture book. These and other stories in the collection navigate the strange landscape between endings and beginnings.

An Invisible Thread

Author: Laura Schroff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 145164292X
Release Date: 2011-11-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald’s across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy, Maurice, is married and has his own family. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be. An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.

The Winner Stands Alone

Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061872563
Release Date: 2009-04-07
Genre: Fiction

“[Coelho’s] special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once. The kind of spirituality he espouses is to all comers. . . . His readers often say that they see their own lives in his own books.” —New Yorker From the bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, comes an absorbing new novel that holds a mirror up to our culture’s obsession with fame, glamour, and celebrity.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501116841
Release Date: 2017-06-13
Genre: Fiction

When Joey Molina kills himself in the Bright Ideas bookstore's upper room, clerk Lydia's life comes unglued. As she untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood.

The Girl in the Red Coat

Author: Kate Hamer
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 9781612195001
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction

Originally published: London, England: Faber & Faber Ltd., 2015.

The Silent Companions

Author: Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781524705282
Release Date: 2018-03-06
Genre: Fiction

“If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don't plan on leaving your bed anytime soon.” —Lyndsay Faye, bestselling author of Jane Steele When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . . When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her. A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves. “A perfect read for a winter night . . . An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” —The Guardian

The Skull and the Nightingale

Author: Michael Irwin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062202376
Release Date: 2013-07-30
Genre: Fiction

Michael Irwin’s The Skull and the Nightingale is a chilling and deliciously dark, literary novel of manipulation and sex, intrigue and seduction, set in 18th-century England. When Richard Fenwick returns to London, his wealthy godfather, James Gilbert, has an unexpected proposition. Gilbert has led a sedate life in Worcestershire, but feels the urge to experience, even vicariously, the extremes of human feeling: love, passion, and something much more sinister. It becomes apparent that Gilbert desires news filled with tales of carousing, flirtation, excess, and London’s more salacious side. But Gilbert’s elaborate and manipulative “experiments” into the workings of human behavior soon drag Richard into a Faustian vortex of betrayal and danger where lives are ruined and tragedy is only a step away. With echoes of Dangerous Liaisons, Michael Irwin’s The Skull and the Nightingale is an urgent period drama that seduces the senses.

The Blood Miracles

Author: Lisa McInerney
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN: 9781444798913
Release Date: 2017-04-20
Genre: Fiction

The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies 'Fast paced, compelling, and thrilling, Lisa McInerney writes the type of fiction that is both beautifully crafted and immensely enjoyable' Louise O'Neill 'The Blood Miracles has all the brio, street smarts and vicious linguistic verve of The Glorious Heresies, but with this follow up Lisa McInerney also reminds us just how brilliantly accomplished and ruthlessly focused a storyteller she is' Colin Barrett Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn't accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss's ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he's made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.

Blue All Rise Our Story

Author: Antony Costa
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780008222192
Release Date: 2017-10-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

For the first time, more than 15 years after four boys from London were first thrown together to form what would go on to become one of the most successful and infamous groups of the boyband era, Lee, Antony, Duncan and Simon tell their full, no-holds-barred story in their own inimitable words.

Foxlowe

Author: Eleanor Wasserberg
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101993095
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Genre: Fiction

An astonishing literary debut about a young girl’s coming of age in the haunting, enchanting world of an English commune—a modern gothic novel with echoes of Room and Never Let Me Go Foxlowe is a crumbling old house in the moors—a wild, secluded, and magical place. For Green, it is not just home, but everything she knows. Outside, people live in little square houses, with unhappy families and tedious jobs. At Foxlowe, Green runs free through the hallways and orchards, in the fields and among the Standing Stones. Outside, people are corrupted by money. At Foxlowe, the Family shares everything. Outside, the Bad is everywhere. At Foxlowe, everyone in the Family is safe—as long as they follow Freya’s rules and perform her rituals. But as Green’s little sister, Blue, grows up, she shows more and more interest in the Outside. Before long she starts to talk about becoming a Leaver. . . . Building inexorably to its terrifying climax, Foxlowe tells a chilling, irresistible story of superstition and survival, betrayal and redemption, and a utopia gone badly wrong. Praise for Foxlowe: “Mesmerizing, gripping, and beautifully written. It completely sweeps you up from beginning to end. I loved it.” —Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat “An excellent debut . . . Wasserberg has a strong and distinctive voice.” —Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Testament of Vida Tremayne

Author: Sarah Vincent
Publisher: Three Hares Publishing
ISBN: 1910153109
Release Date: 2014-11-07
Genre:

A lonely novelist, A devoted fan, A journal that speaks of unspeakable things... Author Vida Tremayne lies silent in a hospital bed. The forces which brought about her terrifying decline are shrouded in mystery. Meanwhile, her estranged daughter Dory is forced to abandon her fast paced city life to be by her mother's bedside. Dory is resentful. She hates the country and she and her mother were never exactly close. Luckily Vida already has a carer, the enigmatic Rhiannon Townsend. A long-standing fan of Vida's, Rhiannon is happy to take care of the bedside vigil. Dory is free to resume her life. Or is she? Then she discovers her mother's journal. Vida's chilling testament reveals the trigger for her spiralling into madness. It also reveals the danger that still lurks close by. A danger that will call on Dory's every reserve of courage if she's to free her mother, and maybe in doing so, to free herself.