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Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

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Oh man, Our Kind of Cruelty is one of the creepiest books I have ever read, and that's saying a lot. I mean, I loved Helter Skelter, and that is a creepy book. Luckily, Our Kind of Cruelty is fiction, although I am sure there are many people out there like the main character of this book, so that almost makes it creepier.

Mike Hayes has everything when you look at him from the outside. He has a beautiful house; an amazing job; more money in the bank that he knows what to do with; and a gorgeous girlfriend, Verity, of nine years. But there is more than meets the eye. What he keeps hidden from the people who "know" him is that V actually left him a year ago and is married to another man. Despite what V says, Mike is positive that she still loves him, and this is all part of a game they used to play. He just has to watch for the signs, and when he gets it right, she will leave her husband and return to him and they will continue their lives together. Never mind that she doe…

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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I have wanted to read The Haunting of Hill House for a while now. It is one of the most well known horror stories since Jackson first published it in 1959. I was spurred to read it when I saw that Netflix is making an adaption of it that looks on point. With it coming out in October, I knew my time was limited to read it; luckily, it was a short book.

Hill House has never been a loving house, although that is what it was intended to be. The house has seen at least five deaths at the start of the book, and people never seem to stay for more than a few days. The original owner of the house purposely built the house just slightly off kilter; the doors a little off center, the stairs with a slight slant. Dr. John Montague wants to spend some time in the house, and has invited Eleanor Vance, Theodora, and Luke Sanderson (a member of the family that currently owns the house) to hopefully experience some of the hauntings that former tenants have said to experience. It is quite obvious to all…

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

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I cannot even begin to say how excited I am for this book. We all know how much I love the All Souls Trilogy, so it should come to no surprise. Time's Convert was what I needed to bring me back to really loving to read, after reading Sybil and Sybil Exposed which were incredibly depressing, I needed something completely unbelievably magical to make me fall in love with what reading is all about, and Deborah Harkness is always able to do just that.

Time's Convert follows the love story of Marcus and Phoebe, who met while Diana and Matthew were time walking through the 1590s. Both have fallen completely and irrevocably fallen in love with each other, so Phoebe has decided that she is going to follow the path of becoming a vampire. Following tradition, after Phoebe becomes a vampire, her and Marcus must spend 90 days apart as she learns how to not only be a vampire, but be a vampire in the de Clermont family, with the help of Miriam, her vampire sire (and therefore her mother), a…

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

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This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few months now, despite my want to read it, I got sucked into my Stephen King books. But I feel like The Broken Girls was the perfect book for this time of the year, with the perfect mix of mystery, suspense, and ghosts.

In 1950 Burrows, Vermont, there is an all girls boarding school for troubled girls, Idlewild Hall. It is here that Katie, Roberta, CeCe, and Sonia become friends. They bond over their wrongdoings by family that led them to Idlewild, and their run-ins with the schools ghost, Mary Hand, who somehow knows everyone's deepest, darkest secrets. Their friendship makes this horrible place a little bit easier, but when Sonia goes missing and no one looks for her, the girls are determined to whatever they can to find justice for their friend.

In 2014 Burrows, Vermont, Fiona Sheridan is having a hard time coping with the death of her sister, even though it has been 20 years and the killer is behind bars. These feelings become stro…

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

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I bought A Simple Favor on a whim when I saw that it was being made into a movie featuring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Well, technically when Blake Lively deleted everything from her Insta as a sort of promo for the movie. Besides, it was a psychological thriller, and that is right up my alley. I wanted to make sure that I read it before watching the movie. The book is almost always better than the movie, so I never want the movie to have a negative effect on if I read a book or not. Now, I am uncertain about seeing the movie (although I am sure I still will).

When Emily asks Stephanie to pick up her son, Nicky, from school, Stephanie thinks nothing of it. However, when Emily has not checked in or picked him up, she begins to worry. This is very unlike her best friend. By the next morning, Stephanie is in a frenzy. She even breaks down and calls Emily's husband, Sean, who is currently in London for business. Sean is not worried then, but when he arrives back home and there is …

Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan

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I purposely read these Sybil books back to back. While I knew the premise of Sybil, I wanted to read the book to know the differences before reading Sybil Exposed. I wanted all sides of the story before having all the walls torn down. I am glad I did. While I enjoy a good fiction novel, when I am reading non-fiction, I expect it to uphold the truth. I do not know what the truth is after reading Sybil Exposed; the only people who know that are Shirley Ardel Mason, Cornelia Wilbur, and Flora Schreiber. What I do know is that no matter what the truth is, these three women, most likely inadvertently, had a (mostly negative) impact on psychology, and DID (MPD originally) specifically, as well as women in the medical and journalistic fields.

In Sybil Exposed, Debbie Nathan delves into the lives of Shirley, Connie, and Flora and sets off to find out if the story behind Sybil, Shirley's story, is true, or a work of fiction. Through her intensive research, we learn the real past of Shirley…

Sybil:The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities by Flora Rheta Schrieber

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I cannot remember the first time I watched the movie, Sybil, but I remember enjoying it. The thought of a person having sixteen personalities was absurd to me; but I understood why a person would disassociate after going to the traumas that Sybil had gone through. I know there is a lot of controversy around the real story of Shirley Ardell Mason (known as Sybil in the book and subsequent movie). I plan on exploring those controversies when I read Sybil Exposed next. But for this review, I am not taking that into consideration. I am reviewing Sybil and the effects this book had on me. I strive to remain unbiased when reading non-fiction, and that is what I will do.

Sybil had always been odd. She had extreme mood swings; her personality would change drastically in unexplainable ways; she would lose chunks of time, anywhere from hours to years. Life for Sybil had been this way since she was three and a half. She knew she was different, but feared letting others in on this feeling. When s…

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

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I knew absolutely about Salem's Lot before I started it. The only thing I was told was that it was one of the scariest books the people had ever read. While I do not know about that, it was definitely a very interesting book that kept my interests piqued, for the most part.

Ben Mears, an author, has returned to what he considers his hometown, Jerusalem's Lot. But the Lot is not the peaceful, sweet town of his childhood. Just as he arrives, two brothers go missing while they are on their way to their friend, Mark's, house While the oldest son, Danny, is found but later hospitalized, the youngest son, Ralphie, is never found. Ben, the outsider, looks good for it. But there are two other new people in town, and they are even more mysterious than Ben: Richard Throckett Straker and Kurt Barlow. Barlow has yet to be seen, but Straker has opened up an antique store in town, and for a town as small as Salem's Lot, it is almost an unnecessary store. When more people in the town…

Carrie by Stephen King

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Carrie was one of the first scary movies I ever saw and I loved it. I have since watched it every Halloween, along with other times of the year. And I mean the original with Sissy Spacek, not the one that came out in in 2013 (Chloƫ Grace Moretz does a good job, but no one can hold a candle to Sissy). That being said, I am surprised I had not read the book yet. I knew it was based off of a King novel, I just had not picked it up yet. I was not disappointed in the book. And the fact that the audio book is narrated by Sissy Spacek made it that more brilliant!

Carrie White is a weird girl. She has an extremely religious mother who is mocked by the townspeople, and this ostracism has passed to Carrie. But her mothers behavior has nothing on the strange things that happen when Carrie is around. Things will fall off of desks, lights will go out, it rains rocks. When Carrie is bullied in the locker room after getting her period for the first time, it completely unlocked her telekinesis abilit…