Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall series

Hex Hall series

A few years after Sophie learned she was a witch, she finds herself in a scrape after a spell goes wrong at prom and her dad ships her off to an isolated reform school for paranormal teens. Someone has been attacking students at Hex Hall and her only friend is the top suspect. Toss in an ancient secret society and things are about to get really interesting.

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The Wife Upstairs

The Wife Upstairs

Longtime readers know I'm a sucker for a classic retelling. Jane Austen is my usual catnip, but I'm glad I took a chance on this updated Jane Eyre, set in contemporary Birmingham, Alabama, in the Thornfield Estates neighborhood of Mountain Brook. In Hawkins's version, Jane becomes a dog-walker with a troubled past she'd prefer to keep hidden, Bertha the owner of a Southern home and fashion empire that put me in mind of Draper James, and Eddie the handsome, grieving widower looking to rebuild his life after tragedy—or so he says. A dark kind of fun.

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