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Small town? DARK SECRET? Let's round up these books please.

I was listening to a true crime podcast this morning on my walk to work, and one of the hosts was talking about a "small town community with a daaaark secret" and my immediate reaction was "I LOVE small town communities with dark secrets!"

And probably of dark secrets.


And who. does. not. love them. So, in the interests of gathering up potentials, DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OF THESE BOOKS.


I read The Fever by Megan Abbott last year, which was in that vein. There's also Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, which I read in my early teens and thought was the cat's pajamas.


The internet suggests Salem's Lot, but any mention of Stephen King horror novels terrifies me, so I'm just not sure that's gonna fly, internet.

I can handle Willow and that's about it

There's also Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, which I've only heard of because there was a movie in the 1950s starring Lana Turner, but if it's small town/dark secrets, I will read it.

I guess Shirley Jackson's The Lottery? Which I've never read, but doesn't everyone know the Dark Secret at this point? If you don't, you should read it. I'll bet that'd be fun and shocking.

ANY OTHERS? Gotta be a small town. None of this contemporary YA bullshit of a corporation or a giant city secretly doing things for reasons. I demand idyllic on the surface but super not that way in reality

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