It’s Halloween and the creepy titles are out! Get into a trick-or-treat state of mind with three scary new releases.
Scott Carson (Atria / Emily Bestler Books)
Newly divorced and fired from his journalistic job at the newspaper, Nick Bishop frantically struggles to come up with a plan B. When an old college friend offers him a freelance assignment writing a puff profile of a new mindfulness app called Clarity, he takes the assignment. But when Nick agrees to test the beta version of the app on his phone, he is haunted by what he hears: “sleep songs” that seem much more ominous than relaxing, and which eventually lead to a deep sleep marked by terrible, realistic nightmares that appear to contain warnings. The more Nick starts digging, the more he reveals mysterious accidents that seem associated with the app. If you’ve ever suspected that your relaxation app was secretly trying to kill you, this is the book for you.
Lisa Unger (Park Row)
She met him on a dating app and it was love at first sight: two strangers with an instant connection. And then one day, nothing. He has joked to her and hung up his phone. She begins to trace his digital past and finds out that there were other ghosts – and that the path she follows can be dangerous.
Jennifer Wright (literature, Harry N. Abrams)
Scrape the surface of any violent crime, and there is generally a pretty good chance that there is a man behind it. So when women kill, there is always a strange fascination with the perpetrators; that’s not what women should do. In “She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women,” author Jennifer Wright takes a look at 40 female killers who killed for various reasons, from fear and revenge to pleasure. Some of them you may have heard of, such as the mad Hungarian aristocrat serial killer Elizabeth Bathory or the ax-wielding Lizzie Borden; most of them you will read about for the first time, with chapter titles like “Killing Queens”, “Murderous Mercenaries” and “Avenging Angels”.