Some common phobias humans possess include claustrophobia, fear of being buried alive, fear of no escape/exit, fear of darkness, and fear of death. Imagine being a miner trapped hundreds of feet below the surface faced with uncertain conditions—not knowing if you'll be rescued. In this gripping, true story about 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days, they experienced all these fears. The relationships among the trapped miners and the interactions of the families and authorities above the surface are an interesting social experiment and experience. The author does an outstanding job of describing the event, the impact on the miners, and the story behind the miraculous rescue.
Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar
Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch
Jason Dessen made a life-altering decision when he chose to forego his research in a cold, sterile lab to marry Daniela, the woman of his dreams, and have a son with her. He gladly pursued a career as an ordinary college physics professor, reveling in the time spent with his family. Before he’s knocked unconscious by a masked abductor one night while walking home, he’s asked, “Are you happy with your life?” Jason gains consciousness in a room where he’s strapped to a gurney and surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. They know him but he doesn’t know them. And, his life is not the one he knows—he’s a renowned genius who has achieved something remarkable but he has no wife and son. Which of these lives is real and how can Jason return to the family he loves? This immensely entertaining book is “for anyone who has wondered what their life might look like at the end of the road not taken.”
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Mike Noonan is a very successful author who unexpectedly loses his wife. Widowed and grief stricken he returns to their vacation cabin in Maine looking for peace but instead he is haunted by his wife’s memory, voice, and a few ghostly spirits.
Shortly Mike finds himself embroiled in a custody battle with the town's wealthiest resident, Max. Max is fighting against the mother of his three-year-old granddaughter and Mike is drawn to protect both mother and daughter. Even though Mike is over his head in emotional situations, his writing ability returns. But the more time Mike spends writing in the cabin, the further his psyche falls under the power of the ghostly inhabitants.
A deeper read than it appears, Bag of Bones is more than a ghost story but it is a tale of loss, despair, and let us hope, redemption.