With nights drawing in and the air getting colder are you feeling the need to curl up with a page-turning book? Now is the perfect time to get sucked into a face-paced thriller or supernatural story (especially with Halloween approaching). So, here are 10 new book releases we are excited to get into this season!
1. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Released at the start of October, V.E. Schwab’s latest novel mixes together history, mystery, and fantasy. Schwab (Shades of Magic series) tells the story of Addie LaRue who makes a bargain to live forever at the price of being forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie lives through centuries as she tries to leave her mark on the worlds, until one day, she bumps into a young man who remembers her name.
2. The Searcher by Tana French
October is the perfect month for a gripping thriller, luckily Tana French (In the Woods) has released her new novel just in time. The Searcher follows retired detective Cal Hooper as he moves to a remote village in Ireland. Hooper sets to work fixing up his old cottage and settling into a slower way of life. Then one day, a boy begs for help to find his missing brother and Hooper finds himself sucked back into playing detective.
Pre-Order on Hive: £11.55
3. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
The first book in a trilogy, Rebecca Roanhorse’s new novel is inspired by the civilizations, cultures, and religions of the Pre-Columbian Americas. An alternate reality interwoven is with prophecies and magic, beginning with a solar eclipse that may unbalance the world.
Pre-Order on Book Depository: £17.53
4. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
Plain Bad Heroines begins with a series of mysterious deaths at an all-girls school in the early 1900s. A century later, a bestselling book on the “cursed” school is being adapted into a horror film. We jump between the past and present as things become increasingly unsettling. A gothic horror with black-and-white period illustrations by Sara Lautman, this is a perfectly creepy read for the Halloween season.
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5. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Author of the bestseller Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi is back with Transcendent Kingdom a tale about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. We follow Gifty as she finds herself caught between her childhood faith and her scientific studies at the Stanford School of Medicine. Gifty has devoted herself to studying the neural circuits of depression and addiction to better understand her own family’s struggles yet finds herself pulled back to the evangelical church and its promise of salvation. With themes of faith, science, and family, this should be a powerful and emotional read.
Pre-Order on Hive: £11.55
6. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Young adult author, Tiffany D. Jackson (Allegedly) a contemporary mystery. Grown focuses on Enchanted Jones, who wakes up with blood on her hands and no memory of what happened the day before. All Enchanted knows is that Korey Fields, her friend and famous R&B artist, is dead. Things don’t look good, and Enchanted finds herself at the centre of the police investigation into Korey’s death. As the truth is exposed, we unlock a horrific insight into rape culture and the treatment of black female survivors.
Book Depository: £10.65
7. Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett
If you enjoyed The Girls by Emma Cline, then Jennifer Moffett’s debut young adult novel might just be for you. Those Who Prey follows Emily, a freshman struggling to make friends at university when an on-campus group invites Emily into their exclusive company. The group opens up doors to Emily including an exciting social life, love, and a summer trip to Italy. When the true manipulative nature of the group becomes apparent, Emily is already trapped. With themes of the pulls and dangers of cults who prey on vulnerable and isolated individuals, Those Who Prey should make for a thrilling and unsettling read.
Pre-Order on Book Depository: £13.85
8. Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates
Feminist Laura Bates (Everyday Sexism) is known for her journalistic look at themes of sexism and misogyny. Her latest read tackles the concerning growth of online extremist groups that hate women, including incels and pick-up artists. Laura talks with ex-incels, trolls, academics studying the incel movement, and the men fighting back against the online hate against women. Men Who Hate Women also explores how the extremist views in these toxic communities have trickled down into mainstream media, society, and even the government. The topic makes for a necessary but disturbing and upsetting read.
9. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Sci-Fi author, P. Djeli Clark’s new novel intertwines themes of fantasy, historical fiction, and the supernatural. Ring Shout is set in the US during the prohibition era with the Ku Klux Klan reigning terror across the nation. Maryse Boudreaux must travel through parallel universes armed with her magic sword to save her country from the ‘Ku Kluxes’ and their hatred.
10. The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
Stanley Robinson (New York 2140) is back with another novel centred on climate change. The Ministry for the Future, established in 2025, is an organization trying to protect future generations from the effects of climate change. Uniquely told through a series of eye-witness accounts, the novel explores the politics, tech, and human behaviours surrounding climate change. Exploring a near-future to show what saving our earth might take, it offers hope alongside a call for action.
Are you excited for any of these titles? Let us know in the comments below!