We love a good scary story here at One Book Lane so we couldn’t resist sharing the tales of witchcraft, haunting and murder that we’ll be curling up with this All Hallow’s Eve. Don’t read alone . . .
Kate Mosse’s The Taxidermist’s Daughter
The enthralling new Sunday Times bestselling Gothic novel from the author of Labyrinth.
1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead.
As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years . . .
The Taxidermist’s Daughter is out now in paperback, ebook and audio. Read an extract now.
Catriona Ward’s Rawblood
For fans of Daphne du Maurier and Susan Hill, a chilling ghost story set on Dartmoor.
Eleven-year-old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are the last of their name, isolated from the world due to a family curse.
When Iris is fifteen, she breaks her promise to hide from the world. She dares to fall in love. And only then do they understand the true horror of the Villarca curse.
Rawblood is out now in hardback, ebook and audio. Read an extract now.
Diana Bretherick’s The Devil’s Daughters
The gripping new historical thriller from Diana Bretherick, author of City of Devils and winner of the 2012 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING first novel competition.
1888. When young Scottish scientist James Murray receives a letter from Sofia Esposito, a woman he once loved and lost, he cannot refuse her cry for help. Sofia’s fifteen-year-old cousin has vanished but, because of her lower-class status, the police are unwilling to investigate.
Murray returns to the city of Turin where he was once apprenticed to the world-famous criminologist, Cesare Lombroso. As he embarks on his search for the missing girl, Murray uncovers a series of mysterious disappearances of young women and rumours of a haunted abbey on the outskirts of the city.
When the body of one of the girls turns up bearing evidence of a satanic ritual, Murray begins to slot together the pieces of the puzzle. But as two more bodies are discovered, fear grips the city and a desperate hunt begins to find a truly terrifying killer before he claims his next victim.
The Devil’s Daughters is out now in paperback, ebook and audio. Read an extract now.
Stacy Schiff’s The Witches
A Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian breathes new life into one of history’s most enduring mysteries: the Salem witch trials.
It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.
The panic spread quickly, Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other.
Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff’s magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how a band of adolescent girls brought the nascent colony to its knees, and how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control.
The Witches is out on 26th October in hardback, ebook and audio. Read an extract now.
Saul Black’s The Killing Lessons
The most frightening serial killer thriller since The Silence of the Lambs.
When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper’s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it’s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it’s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go before their work is done.
But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn’t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena’s 10-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she’s running from.
The Killing Lessons is out now in paperback, ebook and audio. Read an extract here.
Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty
A delightfully fiendish crime thriller from the bestselling author of The House of Silk. Sherlock Holmes is dead and darkness falls . . .
Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, Chase must hunt down this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.
The game’s afoot!