Ah, September – back to school for many, but for us a fantastic excuse to refresh our bookshelves and make sure we’re up to date with our essential reading.
So it’s out with the old and in with the new as we fill our shelves with some of the brilliant books being released this month. We’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for Harlan Coben’s Don’t Let Go and John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies – plus we have Ann Cleeves’ new Vera Stanhope mystery and Martina Cole’s new DCI Kate Burrows thriller to look forward to as well.
Which of these new releases will take pride of place on your bookshelf?
The best books out in September 2017:
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
Mistaken identities, dark family secrets and mysterious conspiracies lie at the heart of this twisty new thriller from one of our favourite authors, Harlan Coben. This is a writer who understands pace, plot and character like no other, serving them up with a sprinkle of his trademark wit to produce a novel that will hold you in its grip until the very end. Read the first chapter here.
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
This month John le Carré returns to the Cold War for the first time in thirty years, bringing back the unforgettable characters we know and love from The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Weaving together the past and present so that each may tell its own story, le Carré has created a tense, ingenious and thrilling tale that you won’t want to miss.
The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz
David Lagercrantz brings back Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist with his latest continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, which sees Lisbeth in prison, continuing her relentless fight for justice and still trying to solve the mysteries that haunt her. Can she finally unlock the secrets of her childhood? We can’t wait to find out.
The Seagull by Ann Cleeves
Corrupt communities and fragile family relationships are the focus of the brand new Vera Stanhope novel, which is coming our way this month. There are so many winning elements in this mystery – it’s atmospheric, with wonderful characters, a brilliant sense of place and a tight plot. We can’t recommend it enough.
Damaged by Martina Cole
When the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up, former DCI Kate Burrows is dragged out of retirement. As the body count grows, it’s a race against time to track down the serial killer before another girl dies. This is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
This unique collaboration between a thriller master and his author son promises to be an incredible, absorbing read. The story explores a world without women: where they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze when they sleep, and the abandoned men – left to their increasingly primal devices – are fighting each other. We can’t wait to read it.
The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen
This dark, suspenseful book is the latest instalment in the Department Q series featuring Copenhagen’s cold cases division, and sees Detective Carl Mørck trying to connect seemingly unrelated acts of violence. If you love a cracking police procedural, make sure you pick this up – we promise you’ll find yourself reading long into the night.
The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith
Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency return this month in another engrossing mystery. This charming series never fails to delight us, and we can’t help but finish each novel with a smile on our face. The characters really shine in this book, and will leave you desperate to find out what happens to them next. Prepare to be hooked!
Hades by Candice Fox
Hades is a dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you gripped from its atmospheric opening to its shocking climax. It’s the first book in a brand new series and introduces us to homicide detective Frank Bennett and his new partner Eden Archer – who may turn out to be as dangerous as the killer they’re hunting.
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 September? Let us know in the comments below!