“Killing Season” by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain – The All-Consuming Shadow

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain have made Violet Darger into a bit of a standout in the serial killer genre, and the second book in the Violet Darger FBI Mystery Thriller series, titled Killing Season, pits our heroine against an unprecedentedly efficient and brutal maniac. In a span of two days an individual has murdered fourteen people, and it’s up to Violet to slide herself in his head, anticipate his next moves, and put an end to his reign of terror.

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“The Oppenheimer Alternative” by Robert J. Sawyer – Manhattan Project Saviours

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Robert J. Sawyer, if his long list of awards is anything to go by, is one of the most unique and passionate science-fiction authors of the modern era, qualities he certainly hasn’t run out of yet as shown in his new novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative. Taking us to the middle of the twentieth century, we are shown an alternate reality where the world’s greatest scientists must come together to find a way to save the planet from its imminent demise at the hands of the sun by 2030.

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“All Clear” by Connie Willis – A Rescue Through Time

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Connie Willis began with Blackout something few authors dare to do: writing a book so long it has to be split in two. In an age of declining attention spans, it’s a risk few are capable of taking. In All Clear she continues the story from the first book, concluding the adventures of the three Oxford historians who travelled back in time to WWII Britain and became not only stuck there, but have also seemingly managed to change the course of history itself.

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“Blackout” by Connie Willis – Human History Glitched

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Connie Willis is perhaps one of the greatest time-travelling authors of the modern era, her novels often exploring the subject from unexpected and novel angles. In her novel Blackout, the first in the All Clear series, we follow the story of three time-travelling historians who, upon being sent back to WWII, notice something terribly wrong happening. History itself seems to be spinning out of control, and they seem to be on the verge of doing something everyone thought impossible: changing the past.

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“Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin – Nurturing Future Damnation

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Ira Levin has populated the realms of literature with some of the most original classics it has seen from the fifties to the end of the seventies, and Rosemary’s Baby is perhaps his best-known work, at least among horror aficionados. The story follows the titular Rosemary and her husband Guy Woodhouse as they move into an ominous apartment building where an elderly couple begins to take an unusual and uncomfortable interest in their lives.

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“Don’t Look Now” by Mary Burton – The Blind Detective

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Mary Burton has proven herself exceptionally capable at chasing after serial killers, at least where the realm of her novels is concerned. In her new thriller, Don’t Look Now, we follow Austin homicide detective Jordan Poe as she hunts for a serial killer who not only attacked her sister two years ago, but recently tried to claim her life as well, leaving her partially blinded, but ever-more determined to track him down.

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“Alejandro’s Lie” by Bob Van Laerhoven – Ballad of a Broken Soul

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Bob Van Laerhoven is the type of author whose works tend to defy traditional classification, more often than not merging elements from a number of different genres. In Alejandro’s Lie he tells a story part Noir, part historical fiction, and part human drama, following the story of the titular Alejandro, a broken musician desperately searching for meaning while living in a fictitious South-American dictatorship.

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“Price of Justice” by Robin James – Threatened by Pardons

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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Robin James has an excellent grasp on how to fuse together the worlds of thriller novels and the law, and the acclaim received by his Mara Brent Legal Thriller Series can only testify to as much. In the second book of the series, Price of Justice, Mara Brent is faced with an unusual scenario: violent convicts are suddenly going free in her small town and quaint town. More specifically, two vicious lunatics are suddenly released on bail, and Mara must race against the clock to stop their seemingly inevitably killing spree.

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“Agency” by William Gibson – Assistant to Destruction

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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William Gibson seems concerned with humanity’s impending future and our overreliance on technology more than most, and in the second book of The Jackpot Trilogy, titled Agency, he tells a new story centred on a development most of us are already familiar with. It follows an app whisperer, Verity Jane, who takes up a job as a beta tester for a new AI assistant, soon realizing it has capabilities beyond anyone’s expectations.

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“Formation” by M.R. Forbes – Homeless in Space

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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M.R. Forbes has begun an epic and promising saga with Foresight, the first novel in the Forgotten Space series, and in the second book, titled Formation, he picks up right where he left off. Captain Nicholas Shepherd and his crew have narrowly escaped total annihilation on Earth and have been flung halfway across the universe, where they come across a mysterious distress signal, which they can only hope is somehow connected with their arrival.

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“Exhume” by Danielle Girard – The Indomitable Revenant

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Danielle Girard has unexpectedly took the suspense genre by storm after proving herself as a romantic author, and the Dr. Schwartzman series is one of her most acclaimed works, beginning with the novel Exhume. It tells the story of Annabelle Schwartzman, a medical examiner for the San Francisco PD, and her foray into a case centred on a victim bearing strange resemblances to herself, leading on the trail of a killer far from finished in his work.

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“Citadel” by Marko Kloos – An Impossible Peace

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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Marko Kloos has evidently settled in for the long run with his grandiose and ambitious series, The Palladium Wars, and in the third book, titled Citadel, he escalates the conflict in the Gaia system even further. To begin with, Commander Dunstan Park has been given control of an experimental ship capable of turning the tides of war. Meanwhile, conflict is renewed on Gretia in the wake of a terrorist attack, the insurgents threatening the precarious peace established there.

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“Airport” by Arthur Hailey – Man Against Nature

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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Arthur Hailey was perhaps one of the best at taking a small field and populating it with an interesting and diverse cast of characters, a talent quite well exemplified in his bestselling 1968 novel titled Airport. It follows, over the course of seven hours, the staff working at the Lincoln International Airport in the face torrid blizzard, as well as a lone airplane desperately trying to reach its destination.

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“The Housemaid” by Freida McFadden – A Victim with Thorns

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Freida McFadden is a singular voice in the psychological thriller genre, able to concoct extravagant and offbeat scenarios almost faster than we can read them. In her latest offering, titled The Housemaid, she tells the story of Millie, a recently-paroled woman who takes on a live-in job out of pure necessity, in spite of the torment it might bring her. As the days go by her mistress seems to become increasingly unhinged, the strange occurrences multiply, and it seems to Millie as if she might have to bring her dark past back to life in order to survive the ordeal.

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“The Peripheral” by William Gibson – Time-Defying Connections

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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William Gibson hasn’t needed to prove his worth as an author for a long time now, consistently coming up with original, and perhaps even singular science-fiction stories, such as The Sprawl Trilogy. In 2014 he published The Peripheral, the first novel in The Jackpot Trilogy. The story follows Flynn Fisher and Wilf Netherton, separated by decades in the real world, but about to meet through a virtual world which seems to have sinister repercussions on real life.

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