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6 Books To Read This Halloween

MURDER MYSTERY

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club is the first book in the record-breaking series by TV presenter Richard Osman.

It has the nail-biting characteristic of a thriller, but with a bit of wit thrown in for good measure.

It tells the tale of four unlikely friends in a retirement village, who meet weekly to investigate unsolved murders – an unusual yet intriguing pastime.

The plot thickens when a brutal killing takes place on their doorstep and they find themselves in the middle of their first ever live case. Can Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron catch the killer before it’s too late?

They might be pushing eighty, but they’re certainly going to give it a go. A warm, wise and witty read that will keep you guessing.

 

Book cover of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

 

GAME CHANGER

Hide by Kiersten White

Squid Game was the survival drama series everybody was talking about in 2021. This year, it’s all about Hide – Kiersten White’s heart-pounding game of hide-and-seek that comes to life on the page.

This dark supernatural thriller follows 14 competitors who spend seven days in an abandoned amusement park.

The rules are simple… don’t be found, but as people begin to disappear one by one, Mack quickly realises that the competition is more sinister than she ever imagined. 

 

Book cover of Hide by Kiersten White

 

DARK & ADDICTIVE

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Get hooked on this haunting mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.

Hannah met April during their first term of university – she was the ultimate ‘it girl’ – vivacious, bright, bubbly.

A decade later, April’s killer has died in prison and Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking with new evidence that the man behind bars may have been innocent all along.

As Hannah delves deeper into the mystery of her friend’s death, she finds that friends she thought she knew all have something to hide. 

 

Book cover of The It Girl by Ruth Ware

 

A HAUNTING STORY

Beneath the Stairs by Jennifer Fawcett

A haunted house, a dark woodland and a traumatic childhood incident – it’s the perfect recipe for a gripping thriller and it’s the setting of Jennifer Fawcett’s Beneath the Stairs.

One summer’s night, Clare and Abby venture into Octagon House in search of mysterious clues. Clare came out, but a piece of Abby never did.

Years later, Abby attempts suicide at the house and now lies in a coma. Clare is left to uncover the darkness within Octagon House, which she believes is responsible for Abby’s accident. 

 

Book cover of Beneath the Stairs by Jennifer Fawcett

 

APOCALYPTIC TALE

And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin

This unsettling tale depicts a world reeling from an unusual plague where monsters lurk in the streets while terrified survivors arm themselves and roam the countryside.

Or perhaps something very different is happening?

When a disease affects how reality is perceived, it’s hard to be certain of anything.

Follow the story of Spence, one of the ‘cured’ living in a rehabilitation facility.

Haunted by guilt, he refuses to face the new world and is forced to figure out if he has earned redemption or made things worse.

 

Book cover of And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin

 

WHODUNNIT

Bamburgh by LJ Ross

Local author LJ Ross returns with another fast-paced whodunnit, this time set in the picture-perfect village of Bamburgh.

DCI Ryan is on the case when his wife finds the body of an old woman.

Shortly afterwards, another body turns up in the sand dunes at the base of the castle.

When DC Melanie Yates’ gets involved, she delves deeper into the secrets of the past to uncover the truth, and soon realises it lies much closer to home.

You simply won’t be able to put this one down. 

 

 


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