Before we say goodbye to October (and sun, and warmth, and Halloween… *cries*) , let’s take a look back at some of our favourite reads from last month.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
New from the bestselling author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! Take Stephen King horror, a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective, and add a dash of Pirates of the Caribbean for an utterly unique murder mystery on the high seas.
Snow by John Banville
The incomparable Booker Prize winner’s next great crime novel—the story of a family whose secrets resurface when a parish priest is found murdered in their ancestral home.
The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job. Needing to escape from it all, she agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.
When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor
An unforgettable new novel set in China during WWII, inspired by true events surrounding the Japanese Army’s internment of teachers and children from a British-run missionary school.
Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan
When a remote, ancient settlement is threatened, it is up to one girl to save her family and her community.
Immersing readers in a lost world of pagan traditions, Daughter of Black Lake is a transporting story of love, family, survival and the sublime power of the natural world.
An Orphan in the Snow by Molly Green
War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool’s Dr. Barnado’s Home cannot give up hope. An Orphan in the Snow is the perfect heartwarming saga to curl up with this winter.
Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy
An irresistible psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing. Goodnight Beautiful is a thrilling tale of domestic suspense that not only questions assumptions but defies expectations.
The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
Written with chilling, twisty suspense, a seductive debut thriller about greed, lust, secrets, and deadly lies involving identical twin sisters.
Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah
Powerful, explosive and important, Truth Be Told is a contemporary courtroom drama that vividly captures today’s society. You will not stop thinking about it for a long time to come.
The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman
From the bestselling author of The Home for Unwanted Girls, comes another compulsively readable story of love and friendship, following the lives of two women reckoning with their pasts and the choices that will define their futures.
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams.
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