From mysteries to autobiographies, these new releases offer some great page-turning this October
1. The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow
Amy McCulloch & Zoe Sugg
This has been pre-ordered for a while now and we can’t wait for it to arrive. It’s likely to be a bit different to Zoe’s Girl Online days. Tragedy strikes at boarding school Illumen Hall when the body of a student is discovered on the beach – and on her back is a tattoo of a magpie. The school seems to hide plenty of its secrets and new student and her roommate are forced to investigate when a mysterious podcast airs. We’re sure this gothic thriller series will have us gripped – so expect a review coming your way soon.
Nina Dean is in her early thirties and a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her – things are pretty much perfect. But everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. This debut novel is sure to be both funny and relatable.
3. Life’s What You Make It
For forty years (or just over 20 in our case) we’ve watched Phillip on our tellies – and loved him. From This Morning and Dancing on Ice, we’ve loved him and his relationship on set with Holly but in Life’s What You Make It, for the first time he takes us behind the scenes of his career, and it’s guranteed to be interesting.
4. A Little Happier: Notes for reassurance
In A Little Happier Derren Brown draws out the essential discoveries from his bestseller Happy to help us lead our happiest life – and it’s just what we need right now. The 17 inspiring and reassuring lessons challenge us to think differently about the meaning of happiness.
There is an explosion at a military ball and the casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances – but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing and when he is eventually discovered three days later, he can’t remember a single thing. Admittedly, we’ve already read this book and having spoken to Leona for a recent interview for Living North, we can’t wait to read the next installment in her series.
6. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Fance, 1714 a young woman – in a moment of desperation – makes a bargain to live forever but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
The life of Addie LaRue is a dazzling adventure story that will play out across centuries, continents and history as Addie learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie meets a young man in a hidden bookstore who remembers her name.
7. Plain Bad Heroines
Emily M. Danforth
In 1902, two students Flo and Clara from the Brookhants School for Girls are obsessed with each other and a daring young writer, Mary MacLane. To show their devotion to the author they establish a private club called the Plain Bad Heroine Society and meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard. This is where their bodies will be found, with a copy of Mary’s book beside them. The school closes five years later, but not before three more people die on the property in mysterious ways.
Over a century later, the now abandoned school is in the news again when a young writer, Merritt Emmons published a book celebrating “the queer, feminist history surrounding the ‘haunted and cursed’ Gilded Age institution”. Her book inspires a horror film adaptation, which will be shot on the property reawakening the cursed grounds.
8. This Is All Your Fault
Aminah Mae Safi
When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there will be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with – and it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.
9. The Devil and the Dark Water
It’s 1634 and the worlds greatest detective, Samuel Pipps is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.
But no sooner than they start their voyage a twice-dead leper stalks the decks, strange symbols appear on the sails and livestock are slaughtered – and then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.
Seventeen-year-old Shae has led what appears to be a quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. Shae secretly keeps her fears at bay – such as the disease that took her brother’s life, how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her and of the group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of ‘Telling’ to keep her community safe.
When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.
Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.