* FridgeHorror: The quirks of a couple of certain characters become much, much HarsherInHindsight when the identity of the killer is revealed. Specifically, [[spoiler: Dr. Lezander's habit of giving people temporary nicknames. He did the same thing for Jews on the way to the gas chambers. And remember his wife's cute little ceramic birds? Made with human bones.]]
* NightmareFuel: ''Literature/BoysLife'' is a SliceOfLife novel about a year [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the life of a boy]]. It switches between sweet and heartwrenching, but overall it's a peaceful story (well, apart from the horrific murder that sets off the plot but nevermind that for now) and for the most part free of NightmareFuel- except for "Case #3432". You will never regard UnexplainedRecovery and DisneyDeath the same way ever again.
* TearJerker: You won't get through this book without shedding at least a few tears...
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Who is finally able to put an end to the [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} hellish]] spider monkey Lucifer? Why, a man named Gabriel, of course.
* TheWoobie: Tom Mackenson becomes one over the course of the story, being horribly scarred by the murder and experiencing horrifying nightmares about the victim sinking and ''calling him''. To add insult to injury, Tom [[spoiler: loses his job as a milkman]] due to the construction of a supermarket and is [[spoiler:forced to become a dishwasher]].
** Cory's friend Ben could count, too, what with being a prevailing dork even by his friends' standards and [[spoiler: having to deal with his alcoholic dad]].