The Haunting of Hill House - by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House - by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a fictional thriller that follows Eleanor Vance, a thirty two year old woman ruinously navigating some major life changes (though her life to this point has been unusually depressing), as she is gradually permeated by the malicious assemblage of a house believed by some to be “haunted”. Invited to the house by Dr. John Montague because of her interactions with a poltergeist in her childhood (and her resilience to it), Eleanor explores the vertigo-inducing estate with a small cast of characters as her sanity is slowly and inconspicuously eroded.

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Sharp Objects - by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects - by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is a dramatic fictional novel that follows the protagonist, Camille Preaker, a newspaper journalist, as she reintroduces herself to the town of her tumultuous childhood to report on the murders of two young girls. American Civil War history, small-town politics, family dynamics, and psychological trauma are woven into a storyline that is unpredictable to the end.

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The Architects are Here - by Michael Winter

The Architects are Here - by Michael Winter

Unlike the times that I have been to Newfoundland, you can actually inderstand what people are saying to each other in this book. Whether it's having a time zone that is off by half an hour, or weather that never makes up its mind, there are many reasons that Newfoundland makes for an interesting backdrop. Though, I do understand why the characters in this book make a habit of consistently leaving the island.

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Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - by Haruki Murakami

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - by Haruki Murakami

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami is a surrealist, fictional stroll through the ideas of consciousness and reality. There are two main plots that follow the same protagonist – who isn’t named – along alternate phases of his existence, or consciousness. Bizarre, dream-like scenes are criss-crossed by unexpected items such as Librarians and Unicorns.

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