It’s autumn’s peak showing-off time right now, when there’s a refreshing crispness to the air and the leaves are hitting their color-changing stride. Apple cider, sweaters and hikes through the trees—what could be better? But when the sun goes down and the chilly night closes in, our evening habits change as well, from a cold drink on a patio to a hot drink in front of a fire. It’s nearly time to hibernate, and that means fuzzy socks, blankets and books. So settle in with a cozy wrap and something great to read, like these five exciting new releases that will make you feel thankful that the longer nights are here.
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
The Salem Witch Trials may have ended two centuries ago, but there is one witch left in Massachusetts—she just doesn’t know it yet. This dark and moody gothic tale of three sisters deposed to a creepy estate in the countryside where the secrets of the past can’t seem to stay hidden, is a perfect read for a chilly fall night.
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
After Poppy’s husband was brutally murdered, her grief unmoored her so badly that she disappeared for a few days, finally returning in a dress she didn’t recognize and no memory of where she had been. A year later, Poppy’s life is just getting on track again when her blackouts return and a sinister presence enters her life. Make sure you’re in a comfy spot when you start this book, because you’ll be reading past your bedtime with this one.
Fury (The Menagerie Series) by Rachel Vincent
The final book in the Menagerie trilogy features paranormal beings, post-apocalyptic survival and a complex storyline that takes us from past to present in breathtaking intervals. A pregnant Delilah must find a way to end the human versus cryptid war and bring her baby into a world of some stability, but danger will meet her every step of the way. Get cozy under the covers and enjoy a wild ride.
The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol
If you’re a fan of Black Mirror, you’ll love this story about an invasive game of shadowing strangers—an extreme version of “following” someone on social media. One woman is dragged into the obsession when her boyfriend, whom she suspects has been involved with the “stranger game,” goes missing. Enlisting the help of a player with a reckless streak, they delve deep into the unsavory subculture where the lines between the online and physical world blur and danger seems unavoidable.
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
Is the wind blowing outside? Is a cold rain falling? Good, then you have the perfect backdrop for the chills you’ll find in Mary Kubica’s latest thriller about a woman embarks on the simple task of registering for college and is thrust into a shocking mystery about her identity, her past and the people in it. It’s a story of secrets and lies and at the heart of it all is a young woman who must navigate the unsettled waters of her life and everything she thought she knew about it.
Are you ready for some cold-weather reading? Let us know what books you’ll be picking up this fall!