Anti-Valentine’s Day Booklist: Romance Gone Wrong

Not everyone is in love with Valentine’s Day, so in addition to our Blind Date with a Book display, we have a collection of books that dwell on the dark side of romance and relationships. Below are featured descriptions of a sampling of the books on the list. To view the full booklist, and reserve a title (or three), follow the link:

Shocking Secrets

The New Husband | D.J. Palmer

“Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them. Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman… Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man.”

The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena

“Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.”

The Safe Place | Anna Downes

“Scott offers Emily what seems the perfect summer job as a housekeeper and nanny on his remote French estate. Emily is quickly enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and even his strange young daughter, and falls headlong into this apparent paradise. But before long, Emily realizes that Scott and his wife are hiding dangerous secrets. And if Emily doesn’t play along, the beautiful place they call home might turn out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape.”

Spiteful Stalkers

An Inconvenient Woman | Stephanie Buelens

“Claire Fontaine is convinced that her ex-husband killed their teenage daughter all those years back and believes he’s capable of killing again. When she sees him move in with another woman, to play step-father for a girl the same age as the one she lost, Claire tries desperately to warn the new bride of the danger her family is in.”

People Like Her | Ellery Lloyd

“A successful media influencer’s morally questionable relationship with the truth exposes deep psychological cracks in her marriage at the same time her family is targeted by a violently obsessed fan..”

The Wolf Wants In | Laura McHugh

“Henley dreams of a bigger world and a better life outside of Kansas. As she plots her departure, she begins dating the son of the wealthiest man in town. Henley is drawn to the idea of a rich, easy life, but the boy starts to get aggressive and suffocating–showing up at her home with hardly a moment’s notice, not letting her spend any time alone, and stalking her every move.”

Vintage Visciousness

Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier

“The unassuming young heroine of Rebecca finds her life changed overnight when she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome and wealthy widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Rescuing her from an overbearing employer, de Winter whisks her off to Manderley, his isolated estate on the windswept Cornish coast–but there things take a chilling turn…”

Loves Music, Loves to Dance | Mary Higgins Clark

“New York’s trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims. And if the killer has his way, decorator Darcy Scott will be his next ‘date.”‘

Strangers on a Train | Patricia Highsmith

“Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno a mysterious smooth-talker with a sadistic proposal: he’ll murder Haines’s wife if Haines will murder Bruno’s father.”