Some books are meant to be read slowly, in small, thoughtful doses. And some are meant to drag us gasping through time and space, so immersed that for hours nothing else exists.

These are the books we can’t put down. They are a sudden and essential part of who we are for a few thrilling hours. Anything other than the need to find out what happens next is an annoyance, something to get to later.

For now, we need our fix, our roaring trip through the lives of others. How much more can they endure? Will he escape? Can she get there in time? Sometimes we guess, and sometimes we are deliciously defeated.

When one book ends, we run back to the bookstore for another. As fast as we can.

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Best Kind of People, The

By Zoe Whittall
Categories: Fiction
Series: Thrill

National Bestseller

2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist

National Post 99 Best Books of the Year

Indigo Best Book of the Year

Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016

What if someone you trusted was accused ...

Dead of Winter, The

By Peter Kirby
Categories: Fiction
Series: Thrill

Inspector Luc Vanier is drinking his way through Christmas Eve when he is called out to investigage the murder of five homeless people. His investigation takes hin into the backrooms of the Catholic Church, ...

Dishonour in Camp 133

By Wayne Arthurson
Categories: Fiction
Series: Thrill

Captain Mueller is dead. Hanged, apparently by his own hand. But ex-police officer and war hero Sergeant August Neumann doesn't think it's quite so simple. How could it be with blackshirts, legionnaires, ...

Five Roses

By Alice Zorn
Categories: Fiction
Series: Thrill

2017 Evergreen Award, Forest of Reading — Nominated

A sister. A baby. A man who watches from the trees.

Fara and her husband buy a house with a disturbing history that reawakens memories of her own family ...

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

By Iain Reid
Categories: Fiction
Series: Thrill

You will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It’s always there. Always.
Jake and I have a real connection, a rare and intense ...