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5 Shocking Reads That Will Make You Say OMG!

From remarkable stories about fighting against the odds to stay alive to schoolyard scandal turned murder investigation, these five books are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. They’re weird, they’re shocking—and some of them are even true!

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1. All in Her Head by Sunny Mera

After a rough childhood, Sunny Mera is on the verge of the perfect life. She has everything she has ever wanted: she’s getting married, buying a house, enrolling in graduate school, and pregnant with her first child. But when the birth of her daughter triggers a rare psychological phenomena called orgasmic labor, Sunny grasps at her sanity while battling delusion and paranoia. Struggling to determine what is real and what is not, Sunny must rely on her friends and family to keep her grounded in love and truth.

2. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

It doesn’t get much weirder than the town of Night Vale, where ghosts, aliens, angels, and shape shifters are a normal part of everyday life. To top it off, there’s a mysterious man running around leaving cryptic notes about a place called King City, but no one can remember anything about the stranger. Then, there’s Diane Crayton, Night Vale PTA treasurer, whose son, Josh, is a shape shifter and becoming desperately interested in his father’s disappearance years ago. As citizens are hurled together when disaster strikes with the hope that King City is the answer to their problems, you won’t be able to put down this bizarre, stunning novel.

3. Tough As They Come by Travis Mills and Marcus Brotherton

United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills didn’t think he’d survive the IED blast that severely injured him just days before his twenty-fifth birthday, but against all odds he survived, and became one of five soldiers to live through a quadruple amputation during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Coming to terms with living life without arms or legs—and with the life he always imagined no longer in the cards—wasn’t easy, but Mills shocked the world with his incredible endurance, faith, and recovery.

4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The smallest lies have a habit of snowballing into tragic accidents. Madeline and Celeste are the type of brilliant, perfect, passionate women all the other moms want to be. Jane is a new, young single mother with a sad and mysterious past. When the women’s paths collide, relationships fall apart in the wake of schoolyard scandal, someone ends up dead, and Madeline, Celeste and Jane find themselves in a shocking, tragic situation.

5. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel

Here’s some scary food for thought. Imagine no power, running water, or sewage for days, weeks, or months. In the age of cyberwarfare, Ted Koppel investigates the possibilities of what a cyberattack on the United States’ power grid would mean for tens of millions of citizens who would be left with dwindling food and medical supplies when law and order is tested. As Koppel argues that the government is gravely underprepared, he sheds light on the possible progression and outcome of such a cyberattack on the country. Get scared—and maybe even prepared—for what Koppel says is an inevitable national panic.

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