Arts & Culture

The Book-It-List October

The Bullet That Missed

by Richard Osman

Released: out now

This is the third instalment in the Thursday Murder Club Mystery series and fans will not be disappointed. 

Trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart. To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed. While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?

Fairy Tale

by Stephen King

Released: out now

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding new novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher – for their world or ours. 

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale about another world than ours, in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy – and his dog – must lead the battle.

The cold evenings are starting to set in so this 592-pager will certainly keep you busy whilst you snuggle up under the duvet with a cuppa.

The Atlas Paradox

by Olivie Blake

Released: 25 October

Here we have the much anticipated sequel to the best-selling The Atlas Six. In this thrilling next instalment, the secret society of Alexandrians is unmasked. Its newest recruits realise the institute is capable of raw, world-changing power. It’s also headed by a man with plans to change life as we know it – and these are already under way. But the cost of this knowledge is as high as the price of power and each initiate must choose which faction to follow. Yet as events gather momentum and dangers multiply, which of their alliances will hold? Can friendships hold true and are enemies quite what they seem? 

The second part of Olivie Blake’s spectacular magical saga ups the ante on excitement and adventure. Well worth a read, even if this is not your usual genre.

No Plan B

by Lee Child & Andrew Child 

Released: 25 October

The third scintillating Jack Reacher thriller co-written by Lee Child and his younger brother Andrew finds our charismatic hero probing the expansive conspiracy behind an apparent suicide. 

Gerrardsville, Colorado. One tragic event. Two witnesses. Two conflicting accounts. One witness sees a woman throw herself in front of a bus – clearly suicide. The other witness is Jack Reacher. And he sees what really happened – a man in grey hoodie and jeans, swift and silent as a shadow, pushed the victim to her death, before grabbing her bag and sauntering away. Reacher follows the killer on foot, not knowing that this was no random act of violence. It is part of something much bigger…

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