If you’re anything like us then you’ve been patiently waiting for the season of cosy jumpers, hot chocolate and everything sprinkled with cinnamon. It’s finally autumn and we couldn’t be happier!
As the nights draw in, now is the perfect time to grab a hot drink, don your cosy blanket and curl up with one of these brilliant new releases. With brilliant books from Henning Mankell and Michael Connelly coming our way – not to mention the brand new Robert Langdon thriller by Dan Brown – October is set to be one of the best months yet.
Which of these wonderful novels will you be joyfully hiding away from the cold with?
The best books out in October:
Origin by Dan Brown
Dan Brown transports us to Spain this month in his hugely anticipated new Robert Langdon thriller, where the Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology must uncover the clues that will bring him face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has long remained buried – until now. This is a seriously addictive and highly recommended novel that you won’t want to miss. Read the first chapter here.
After the Fire by Henning Mankell
The final novel by Henning Mankell tells a powerful tale of love, loss and loneliness as an aging man whose quiet, solitary life on an isolated island off the coast of Sweden is turned upside down when his house catches fire. It’s a wonderful character study and a beautifully written, moving mystery, and we promise you’ll want to savour every last page.
Line of Fire by Andy McNab
Ex-deniable operator Nick Stone is back on home turf in Andy McNab’s brand new thriller – and he’s brought trouble with him. He’s on the trail world-class hacker – one so good that her work might threaten the stability of the western world as we know it. This is an action-packed, up-to-the-minute read that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Read an extract here.
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
Dead Good Reader Award winner Michael Connelly is back this month and at the very top of his game with a new Harry Bosch book that sees two unrelated cases weave and wind across each other to form a hugely compelling, fast-paced thriller. Another guaranteed bestseller that we’re certain will be loved by loyal fans and new readers alike.
Sleep No More by PD James
This short story collection from the queen of crime is perfect for the darker, colder months. It features six murderous stories, each with the dark motive of revenge at its heart, and combines Golden Age motifs with deep psychological insight to create gripping, suspenseful reads. If you love wonderfully crafted mysteries, you won’t be disappointed.
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
John Grisham’s intriguing new legal thriller takes us inside a law firm that’s on shaky ground. Highlighting the disturbing world of for-profit legal education, the book follows law students Mark, Todd and Zola as they go into battle with a billionaire and the FBI in an attempt to expose The Great Law School Scam and escape their crushing debt. A gripping novel that ripples with suspense.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
If you’re after a spooky Halloween read, look no further. Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is a delightfully creepy, unsettling gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down your spine and stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page. Prepare to be chilled!
The Other Woman by Laura Wilson
This darkly comic psychological thriller about a woman driven to extremes to keep her life and family together is an absolute page turner. With each page, the tension builds and builds, taking you on a wild rollercoaster ride full of unpredictable twists and turns that don’t let up until you reach the dramatic climax.
Deadlier: 100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected by Sophie Hannah
The brilliant Sophie Hannah brings together some of her favourite tales by female writers in this gorgeous, impressive book – from Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood. Whether you prefer your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.
The pick of the paperbacks:
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.
Have we missed any of the best books out in October? Let us know in the comments below!