April is the Cruelest Month…Enjoy these titles with cruel themes and epic villains!

The Robber Bride / by Margaret Atwood
Set in contemporary Toronto, The Robber Bride revolves around the lives of three fascinating women. Classmates from university, Roz, Charis, and Tony all shared the seductive and destructive experience of a past friendship with the flashy, sensuous, smart, irresisible Zenia. As the novel opens they are twenty years past their college days and have met at Zenia’s funeral. At lunch, after the funeral, they spot Zenia – not dead at all and up to no good.

Jaws / by Peter BenchleyAs a great white shark terrorizes a small Long Island town, marine biologist Matt Hooper and Police Chief Martin Brody must find a way to stop the shark before more people are killed.

Jane Eyre / by Charlotte Brontë
Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood, hated by her aunt and cousins and then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life there improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. At Mr. Rochester’s house, where she goes to work as a governess, she hopes she might have found them.

The Witches / by Roald Dahl
A throwback for adults – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witch’s plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.

David Copperfield / by Charles Dickens
A young orphan deals with hardship in his early life at a boarding school and living with a controlling aunt, until he finds friendship and love as he pursues his ambition of being a writer.

Rebecca / by Daphne du MaurierA classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house’s first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

Geek Love / by Katherine DunnOlympia, an albino hunchback dwarf, tells of a carnival family who breeds and trains their children for their freak show.

American Psycho / by Bret Easton EllisIn a black satire of the eighties, a decade of naked greed and unparalleled callousness, a successful Wall Street yuppie cannot get enough of anything – including murder.

Red Dragon / by Thomas HarrisWill Graham’s unusual, fearful ability to project himself into the minds of psychopaths puts him on the trail of Francis Dolorhyde, whose bizarre and bloody murders of two suburban families have been triggered by his viewing of a William Blake watercolor

The Talented Mr. Ripley / by Patricia HighsmithIn order to convince his son to come home, Herbert Greenleaf, a rich shipbuilder, sends Tom Ripley to Italy, but is unaware of his son’s friend’s criminal activities.

The Children of Men / by P. D. James
In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest / by Ken KeseyMcMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity, is admitted to a mental hospital where he challenges the autocratic authority of the head nurse.

Misery / by Stephen KingPaul Sheldon, author of a series of historical romances, wakes up in a secluded farmhouse in Colorado with broken legs and Annie Wilkes, a disappointed fan, hovering over him with drugs, ax, and blowtorch and demanding he bring his heroine back to life.

Lolita / by Vladimir Nabokov
A novel that studies the moral disintegration of a man whose obsessive desire to possess his step-daughter destroys the lives of those around him.

1984 / by George Orwell
Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a “Negative Utopia,” watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by.

Frankenstein / by Mary Shelley
Tells the story of a scientist who discovers the secret of generating life from lifeless matter, and puts this knowledge to use by creating a monster being.

East of Eden / by John Steinbeck
This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California’s Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families–the Trasks and the Hamiltons–whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / by Robert Louis Stevenson
Good and kind Dr. Jekyll concocts a formula to eradicate his evil nature but the result is a physical transformation into a murderous alter ego known as Mr. Hyde. This sinister side of his personality starts to take over his life and the chemical antidote Jekyll uses to switch personalities gradually becomes less effective.

The Secret History / by Donna Tartt
Richard Papen, a relatively impoverished student at a New England college, falls in with an exclusive clique of rich, worldly Greek scholars and soon learns the dreadful secret that keeps them together.

Vanity Fair / by William Makepeace Thackeray
Two heroines–one humble, the other scheming–meet in boarding school and embark on very different lives, both experiencing affairs of love and war and the rise and fall of fortune, in a classic study of the dogged pursuit of wealth and status.The Picture of Dorian Gray / by Oscar Wilde
The handsome appearance of dissolute young Dorian Gray remains unchanged while the features in his portrait become distorted as his degeneration progresses.