It’s been a bit quiet here at the Dust Lounge for a while (for once, my excuse is study plus Christmas plus too many sausage rolls – I think that’s pretty decent as excuses go) but you didn’t think I was going to let New Year’s Eve get by without a best-reads-of-the-year post did you?Read More
Title: We have always lived in the castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
From the back: Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn’t leaving the Blackwoods alone.Read More
Title: Sea of Rust
Author: C. Robert Cargill
From the back: A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic robot western from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.Read More
Title: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
Author: Paul Tremblay
From the back: Late one night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace.Read More
Title: The Power
Author: Naomi Alderman
From the back: All over the world women are discovering they have the power.
With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death.Read More
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
From the back: “Am I a person?” Borne asks Rachel, in extremis.
“Yes, you are a person,” Rachel tells him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”Read More
Title: Shattered Minds
Author: Laura Lam
From the back: She can uncover the truth, if she defeats her demons
Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’s heading for self-destruction – until she has a vision of a dead girl.Read More
Title: The Boy on the Bridge
Author: M R Carey
From the back: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.
The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.
To where the monsters lived.Read More
Title: The End of the World Running Club
Author: Adrian J Walker
From the back: Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, under-performing husband and reluctant father – for Ed, the world may as well have already ended.Read More
Title: A History of British Serial Killing
Author: David Wilson
From the back: In this fascinating and informative new book, Professor David Wilson tells the stories of Britain’s serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case.Read More
Title: The Death House
Author: Sarah Pinborough
From the back: Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.Read More
Title: Mark A King
Author: Metropolitan Dreams
From the back: This is a tale of two cities.
Darkness and light.
Sinners and angels.Read More
Title: The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Author: Jason Arnopp
From the back: It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.Read More
Title: The Sheriff
Author: Simon Fairbanks
From the back: The Sheriffs wander the clouds to keep peace across Nephos.
Sheriff Denebola is recruited by young Toby to help rid his village of a winged demon. The demon has tormented the people of Angel’s Keep every night for the past week so Denebola vows to capture the creature.Read More
Title: The Garden
Author: James Kester
From the back: Throughout human history, the peddlers of certainty have reigned supreme. When Galileo first cast doubt about the place of the Earth within the cosmos, he was condemned . . . Either you believed that God’s Eden was the garden of all life, or you were a heretic.Read More