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Five Novels That’ll Raise Your Blood Pressure

A list of five books that delve into horror-tinged family experiences. Image features a black and white close-up photo of a person holding hands to their face.

This October, we’ll publish our first translation, the psychological family thriller Daniil and Vanya, by Marie-Hélène Larochelle, translated from the original French by Giller Prize finalist Michelle Winters. Chatelaine calls it an “unflinching psychological horror story, both sinister and awe-inspiringly good.”

Read an excerpt here.

Pre-order the book now, and in the meantime, check out some other titles that delve into family relations gone awry. 

The Lost Sister, by Andrea Gunraj (Nimbus Publishing)
Partially inspired by the real-life experiences of a former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, The Lost Sister bravely explores the topics of child abuse, neglect, and abduction against a complex interplay of gender, race, and class dynamics.

The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall (House of Anansi Press)
A local schoolteacher is charged with sexual misconduct, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.

Bone Black, by Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Nightwood Editions)
Wren StrongEagle is devastated when her twin sister, Raven, mysteriously disappears after the two spend an evening visiting at a local pub. When Wren files a missing persons report with the local police, she is dismissed and becomes convinced the case will not be properly investigated. Something within Wren snaps and she decides to take justice into her own hands.

No Going Back, by Sheena Kamal (HarperCollins Canada)
The third novel in a series Roxane Gay calls “dark, moody [and] complex”, No Going Back features the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter’s back.

With notes from the publishers.

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