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Kellsey wants you to read the unusual, the unexpected, the brilliant. Try some of these:


Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316506861
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Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

On the surface, Dawson's book is the historical account of the London Smog of 1952 and the horror the event wrought on the lower class families of the era. However, it is also an indepth telling of the government cover-up that followed the deaths of over 12,000 people, and a dangerous man who used the smog's chaos to commit insidious acts against the working girls of London. Fascinating, scary, and, unfortunately, familiar.

The Grip of It: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374536916
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Published: FSG Originals - August 1st, 2017

I read this book in one sitting. Classic psychological horror and, of course, a very creepy house. A couple moves away from the city and buys a house at a surprisingly low price and, of course, terror follows. A surprisingly scary story with a relatively simple premise. Read if you're a lover of horror and looking to fall into a book completely.


Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Strange and winding, Eileen is the novel of a young 20-something living with her alcoholic father in her childhood home. She works at a boys home for juvenile delinquents and all is unextraordinary until a new, fabulous woman begins working with her, and Eileen's life changes forever. Dark, bizarre, and brilliantly written. 

I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126949
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 21st, 2017

Reid's debut novel is terrifying…and it's hard to explain why. In its simplest form, it's the story of a woman who is setting out to meet her boyfriend's parents for the first time. But something feels wrong from the very first page. The novel builds slowly, always moving forward, but not always clearly, to the final psychological twist that will leave you reeling. Read with the lights off on a dark, snowy night.

Half Wild: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062444400
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Published: Ecco - May 9th, 2017

I'm a sucker for a collection of intertwining short stories. MacArthur's collection takes place in the Vermont wilderness, and in the words of the blurb, span the lives of "adolescent girls, aging hippies, hardscrabble farmers, disconnected women, and solitary men" over a forty year period. I just fell into this book both crying and laughing the whole way through. Read if you want to feel that deep, pit of the stomach, "life is fleeting but lovely" feeling.

A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062088147
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Published: William Morrow - April 17th, 2012

Set in a small town in North Carolina, Cash's first novel is the story of misplaced faith and the way singular events have a way of unraveling our lives. Jess Hall's little brother Stump sees something he was not supposed to see, and what seems like an event that could have disappeared into the boys' heads as another adventure in adolescence, quickly propels Jess into adulthood in a heartbreaking way he never saw coming. A dark story with memorable, full-hearted characters.