The Scourge Between Stars by Ness BrownIntroducing: Jaclyn Albright, acting captain of the starship Calypso, which carries the last remaining humans from their failed space colony to a long-abandoned Earth.
What happens: Jaclyn must deal with both the Calypso's mutinous crew and an extraterrestrial intruder stalking the ship's passengers.
For fans of: S.A. Barnes' Dead Silence or the 1979 space horror classic Alien.
The Haunting of Alejandra by V. CastroWhat it's about: Philadelphia wife and mother Alejandra's seemingly picture-perfect life takes a turn when she finds herself plagued by visions of the Mexican folk demon La Llorona.
What happens next: Alejandra discovers that the women in her family have been haunted by La Llorona for centuries, and it's up to her alone to put a stop to the entity's menacing machinations once and for all.
Read it for: an urgent and thought-provoking meditation on the horrors of colonization and generational trauma.
Natural Beauty by Ling Ling HuangWhat it is: a surreal and satirical novel about an unnamed Chinese American woman who works for Holistik, a white-dominated wellness company.
Skin deep: The narrator discovers the sinister side of Holistik when her employer's products begin transforming her body to more closely resemble a Westernized beauty standard.
Book buzz: Ling Ling Huang's "incisive and disquieting debut" (Publishers Weekly) has already been optioned for a TV adaptation co-produced by Crazy Rich Asians actor Constance Wu.
Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick MedinaWhat it is: a richly detailed and atmospheric horror-thriller that grapples with the real-life issue of missing Indigenous women in the United States and Canada.
Starring: high schooler Anna Horn, who has a hunch that the disappearances of young women on the Takoda reservation are tied to the VIP suites at her tribe's casino, where she works as a cleaner.
For fans of: Cherie Dimaline, Stephen Graham Jones, and Erika T. Wurth.
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas1820s Mexico: Seeking a fresh start after the Mexican War of Independence, impoverished Beatriz marries widower Don Rodolfo Solórzano and moves into his country estate, the Hacienda San Isidro.
Welcome home? Plagued by strange dreams and superstitious staff, Beatriz suspects that Rodolfo's first wife was murdered, and, with the help of a priest, begins investigating the hacienda's haunted history.
Try this next: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. JacksonWhat it is: a reimagining of Stephen King's Carrie inspired by a Georgia high school that held a segregated prom until 2014.
Meet: Madison Washington, a light-skinned biracial girl who passes as white until a rainy day reveals her hair's natural texture. The bullying she suffers awakens her telekinetic powers. On prom night, revenge will be hers.
Is it for you? This bone-chilling, fast-paced horror novel is for readers prepared for intense depictions of child abuse, racism, colorism, gore, and police brutality.
Sundial by Catriona WardThen: Rob grew up isolated from the outside world at Sundial, her father's creepy and remote research commune in the Mojave Desert.
Now: Returning to Sundial with her disturbed teenage daughter in tow, Rob knows she must face her past to save her family's future.
Reviewers say: "a seething, hallucinatory tale of family, death and hereditary trauma that will keep readers guessing all the way to the devastating conclusion" (Publishers Weekly).
All the White Spaces by Ally WilkesWhat it is: author Ally Wilkes' suspenseful and atmospheric debut, set during a doomed Antarctic expedition after World War I.
Starring: trans man and stowaway Jonathan Morgan, whose coming of age is beset by dangers both human and supernatural as he and the stranded crew battle malevolent forces, subzero temperatures, and their own darker natures.
For fans of: Dan Simmons' The Terror.
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