Hell Bent by Leigh BardugoWhat it is: the highly anticipated 2nd book in the Alex Stern paranormal fantasy series, following Ninth House.
What it's about: With her mentor, Darlington, trapped in hell, Yale sophomore Alex assembles an unlikely team of allies to help her plot a dangerous rescue, though their efforts require sacrifices Alex isn't sure she can make.
For fans of: dark academia, immersive world-building, and cliffhangers.
A History of Fear by Luke DumasMeet... Grayson Hale, a sensitive if neurotic grad student studying in Edinburgh. A childhood fraught with neglect and religious fanaticism has left him ill-prepared for adulthood.
What happens: Grayson reluctantly agrees to ghostwrite a book about the devil. His teetering sanity soon dissolves, leading to a brutal crime. Did the devil make him do it?
Try this next: The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell.
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady HendrixHow it begins: Estranged 30-something siblings Louise and Mark Joyner have a tense reunion in their South Carolina family home following the mysterious deaths of their parents.
What happens next: As the pair squabble over inheritance and prepare to sell the house, their mother's prized puppets and dolls seem to take on a life of their own, forcing traumatic family secrets out into the open.
Read it for: an unforgettable villain in maniacal puppet Pupkin.
Bad Cree by Jessica JohnsWhat it's about: Shortly after her sister's tragic death, grief-stricken Cree woman Mackenzie is haunted by vivid dreams that take shape in the waking world. She returns to her family in Alberta in hopes of putting her nightmares to rest, but something has followed her.
Want a taste? "Before I look down, I know it's there. The crow's head I was clutching in my dream is now in bed with me."
For fans of: White Horse by Erika T. Wurth and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones.
Zodiac Station by Tom HarperSole survivor? Rescued from an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic, scientist Thomas Anderson paints a baffling picture of his escape from the Zodiac Station outpost, where foul play and an explosion claimed the lives of the other researchers. But something's not adding up, and when other survivors are discovered, they tell a much different story...
Read it for: gripping, page-turning prose and an unpredictable ending.
Don't miss: evocative nods to classic works of horror and science fiction including Frankenstein, Alien, and The Thing.
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahonWhat it's about: After her mother goes missing, 19-year-old Ruthie discovers the diary of Sara Harrison Shea, a woman whose flayed body was found at Ruthie's Vermont farmhouse in 1908. As Ruthie sets out to find her mother, using the diary for clues, she fears her mother's fate may be linked to Sara -- and that history is repeating itself.
Try this next: Karen Novak's Five Mile House, another small-town New England thriller featuring a centuries-old mystery.
Travelers Rest by Keith Lee MorrisWhat it's about: A snowbound family finds themselves separated from each other in the maze-like Travelers Rest, a remote Idaho hotel that exists in multiple places and times simultaneously.
Read it for: an atmospheric, steadily unraveling plotline reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining.
Reviewers say: Keith Lee Morris' weighty, suspenseful writing style envelops the reader like "a curtain of drifting snow identified too late as an avalanche" (Publishers Weekly).
Wonderland by Zoje StageWhat it's about: Eschewing life in the Big Apple for a fresh start upstate, the Bennett family discovers that the remote paradise they now call home is anything but, as malevolent forces lurk in the trees -- and in their minds.
Read it for: creeping paranoia, an intensifying pace, and evocative writing from award-winning Baby Teeth author Zoje Stage.
For fans of: Brendan Duffy's House of Echoes.
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