Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

hexTitle: Hex

Author: Olde Heuvelt, Thomas (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 384 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, , ISBNs 9780765378804, 9781466864580, 9780765378811

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Translation, disturbing, gruesome, descriptive

Why I picked it up:  I’d heard very good things about it, and liked the idea of a town just coming to accept something horrible in their midst.

S.I.A.S.: The residents of Black Spring are used to Katherine, a 300-year-old witch, wandering around, but some people want things to change.

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Thr3e, by Ted Dekker

thr3eTitle: Thr3e

Author: Dekker, Ted (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian fiction, Christian romantic suspense

Bibliographic: Thomas Nelson, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $16.99, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.20, Unabridged Audiobook List Price $24.49, Abridged Audiobook List Price $15.11, Audiobook CD List Price $34.99, ISBNs

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

Rating: ★★☆☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Plot-driven, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: Genreflecting identified it as a “must read” Christian novel, and my library had a copy available.

S.I.A.S.: Kevin has been given three minutes to confess his sin or suffer the consequences, and that’s just the beginning.

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Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry

goodasgoneTitle: Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense

Author: Gentry, Amy (Author’s Website)

Genre: Suspense

Bibliographic: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages, Hardcover List Price $23.00, Audiobook LIst Price $20.99, Audiobook CD List Price $24.99, ISBNs 9780544920958, 9780544916074

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, flawed characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: It was one of the October selections for the Book of the Month Club, and I am an absolute sucker for stories inspired by Martin Guerre.

S.I.A.S.: Eight years ago, Julie was kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint, but now she’s home — if it’s really her.

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The Devil in Silver, by Victor LaValle

devilinsilverTitle: The Devil in Silver

Author: LaValle, Victor (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror, Psychological Suspense

Bibliographic: Spiegel & Grau, 412 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook List Price $34.99, ISBNs 9781400069866, 9780812982251, 9780679604860

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡(The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Fast-paced, disturbing, melancholy, compelling

Why I picked it up: I got it as a part of a surprise subscription box, and thought the combination of an actual monster with the powerlessness of a mental institution would make a good mix of things to discuss.

S.I.A.S.: Pepper doesn’t belong in this mental institution, and will do almost anything to escape the monster inside.

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

crookedletterTitle: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Author: Franklin, Tom (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Southern Gothic

Bibliographic: Harper Collins, 304 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.95, ISBNs 9780060594664, 9780060594671, 9781410435019, 9780062048745

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Atmospheric, moody, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to described it as being very well-written, with imagery evocative enough that the setting — rural Mississippi — almost became another character.

S.I.A.S.: Larry Ott always claimed he didn’t murder that missing girl, but now someone else has disappeared.

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