7 Unputdownable Novels About Secret Societies

Bookish cults, deadly clubs, and crews of castoffs, oh my! Secret societies come in all shapes and sizes in these seven thrilling tales of murder, liberation, and ambition. At some time or another, we’ve all dreamed of what it would be like to get that exclusive invite or stumble upon the hidden world of a community bound together by something beyond our greatest imaginings. Consider this your invitation to join in on the secrets tucked between these pages.

1. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Before THE DA VINCI CODE, Dan Brown’s crime-solving professorial protagonist Robert Langdon went to the Vatican in ANGELS & DEMONS. In this intellectual, action-packed pager-turner, an ancient secret society has stolen powerful antimatter to create an apocalyptic time bomb that threatens the Vatican’s existence. To prevent the destruction, Langdon teams up with an Italian scientist to solve the clues that may be able to prevent the explosion, before it’s too late. Read More.
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2. The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino

In THE PARTING GLASS, two women struggle to embrace their true selves within the sharply stratified world of nineteenth century New York City. By day, Mary is an obedient maid to the wealthy socialite Charlotte. But by night, Mary unwinds by drinking with the dangerous members of a secret society while Charlotte pursues an affair with a stable boy, who happens to be Mary’s brother. Lush and provocative, this debut novel will appeal to fans of Sarah Waters’s historical fiction. Read More.
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3. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

What happens when the monsters of classic fantasy and science fiction’s most fearful scientists finally meet their creators? In THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER, Mary Jekyll is on a mission to hunt down her father’s partner, famed murderer Edward Hyde. Together with his daughter, Diana, and a handful of other female experimentations, Mary soon learns that her father, Hyde, and many others were members of a fearsome secret society, and it’s up to them to put a stop to the madness. Read More.
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