We will meet in the community room of the library. If you would prefer to join us by Zoom, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to save your place. We look forward to discussing these heart stopping thrillers. The selection is available on the hold shelf before the discussion date.
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Thursday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.
In 1915, “The Birth of a Nation” cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan’s ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable.
Luckily, Maryse Boudreaux has a magic sword and a head full of tales. But to confront this ongoing evil, she must journey between worlds to face nightmares made flesh–and her own demons.
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Thursday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.
A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious, a victim and a hero. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her? Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized-someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again. But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife . . . they will never, ever give up”–
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemi Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find–her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemi knows little about the region. Noemi is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemi; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemi, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemi digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer
Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
As soon as Lussi Meyer arrives at the prestigious Blackwood-Patterson publishing house, she finds herself the target of mean-spirited pranks by her coworkers. After receiving a strange present during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, her coworkers begin falling victim to horrific accidents, and Lussi suspects her gift may be involved.
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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Not every gift is a blessing. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special girl. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The girl with all the gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.