Hot new books of October

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The spookiest time of the year is reflected in this month's literary releases, including Susan Hill's supernatural thriller Dolly and Abigail Gibbs' vampire-led love-story The Dark Heroine. There's plenty of whimsy too, as Simon Tofield revives his famous pet in Simon's Cat Vs. The World! and William Kuhn imagines an incognito royal's clandestine day out in Mrs Queen Takes The Train.

Take a look at the best book releases of this month, below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section or on Twitter

  • The 13th Sacrifice, Debbie Viguié

    The month we celebrate Halloween seems an appropriate time to delve into a "terrifying Witch Hunt trilogy." New York Times bestseller Debbie Viguié brings us the tale of a witch-turned-cop who reluctantly goes undercover in a black magic-loving Salem town to solve the gruesome occult-linked murders of two students.

    Release date: 25 October

  • The Dark Heroine, Abigail Gibbs

    The pagan theme continues with 18-year-old British author Abigail Gibbs' debut novel, "that will make you fall in love with vampires all over again."

    Violet Lee - the UK Defence Secretary's daughter - is kidnapped by a group of vampires she witnesses committing mass murder in Trafalgar Square, but as she is being used as leverage in negotiations between the unearthly killers and humans, she finds herself enamoured by the future King of the vampire world - as well as his best friend.

    Release date: 25 October

  • Dolly, Susan Hill

    We've been introduced to a new set of witches and vampires, so it's fitting that October's literary frightfest continues with a supernatural thriller from the author of The Woman In Black. Leonora and Edward are two young cousins sent to spend the summer with their elderly aunt and her spiteful housekeeper in a remote, decaying house in the English Fens. When Leonara does not receive the dolly she wants for her birthday, affairs take a dark and life-changing turn for the worse.

    Release date: 5 October

  • The Bone Bed, Patricia Cornwell

    What better way to continue the month's gore-geous reading list than with Patricia Cornwell's latest Kay Scarpetta tale? A female palaeontologist disappears while digging a dinosaur bone bed in remote Canada, yet the only evidence of her vanishing comes through emails to Boston-based Chief Medical Examiner Scarpetta, who soon links them to an horrific series of local crimes.

    Release date: 16 October

  • Back To Blood, Tom Wolfe

    The controversial creator of The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full focuses on immigration, simmering racial tensions, class divides and corruption in the party city of Miami. A cop of Cuban descent rescues a fellow countryman at sea, leaving him facing deportation to Castro-led Cuba.

  • Astray, Emma Donoghue

    The bestselling author of Room and The Scarlet Letter presents a compassionate collection of 14 fact-inspired short stories focusing on an enthralling group of characters who have all "gone astray" as they push society's boundaries in their own ways.

    Release date: 25 October

  • The Bat, Jo Nesbo

    Published in English for the first time, Jo Nesbo's first Harry Hole adventure sees the Oslo Crime Squad cop head to Australia when a young Norwegian woman is found dead at the foot of a cliff in Sydney.

    He's not supposed to get too involved, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

    Release date: 9 October

  • Citadel, Kate Mosse

    The bestselling writer's highly anticipated final novel in the Languedoc trilogy is a passionate, fast-paced mystery set in WWII's Nazi-occupied France, where a cell of resistance fighters, codenamed Citadelle, fight for their beliefs and unlock an astonishing, long-hidden secret.

    Release Date: 25 October

  • The Twelve, Justin Cronin

    The bestselling author of The Passage brings us the story of 12 death-row prisoners selected for a secret experiment "to create something more than human."

    Now the hopeless criminals with no future ARE the future - and humanity's worst nightmare has begun.

    Release date: 25 October

  • Simon's Cat Vs. The World!, Simon Tofield

    Offset October's dark and heavy reads with a visit from Simon's cat - the first book in four years from the best-selling series.

    With a new kitten and Simon's new girlfriend to contend with, it's time for the nation's favourite puss to reclaim his rightful position as Top Cat in 100 original full colour cartoons and 100 hilarious encounters.

    Release date: 4 October

  • Mrs Queen Takes The Train, William Kuhn

    Hop aboard the charming tale of the bored Queen's unscheduled solo day out on a public train in Scotland and the unlikely group of people who attempt to find her Majesty and return her to the palace before M16 realise she is missing. Favourably compared to Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, Kuhn's novel is endearing, witty and inventive.

    Release date: 16 October

  • Lost At Sea, Jon Ronson

    From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats comes a collection of Jon Ronson's best adventure stories, from meeting a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen, to investigating a high school mass-murder plot.

    Release date: 7 October

  • Building Stories, Chris Ware

    Comics artist-come-writer Ware, the award-winning creator of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth follows up with an astounding work of art that comes in the form of 14 different mediums - such as flyers and posters - which must be constructed by the reader. The unconventional novel is without a clear beginning or end and each reader's creation will present it in a unique sequence.

    Release date: 4 October

  • Oh Dear Silvia, Dawn French

    Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife?

    Silvia Shute's past holds a dark and terrible secret, and now she is in a coma, her hospital visitors are set to discover who she really is in Dawn French's dark comic novel.

    Release date: 25 October

  • One Hundred Names, Cecelia Ahern

    Scandalised journalist Kitty takes solace with her terminally ill mentor, editor and friend, Constance, who tells her the story that she always wanted to write is buried in a file in her office. Kitty finds the file, but it contains only 100 names and Constance dies before she can find out more, leaving Kitty to embark on the biggest, most important story of her life.

    Release date: 11 October

  • The Daughters Of Mars, Thomas Keneally

    Inspired by the journals of Australian WWI nurses, The Daughters of Mars , from the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's Ark, tells the moving tale of the Durance sisters, who leave Australia - and their guilty secret - to nurse the wounded in Europe.

    Release date: 25 October

  • Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures, Emma Straub

    Elsa Emerson, 17, is plucked from obscurity in 1920s Hollywood and turned into glamorous, Oscar-winning star of the silver screen, Laura Lamont - but at what cost? Straub's debut novel takes us on a difficult journey with Elsa/Laura as she loses her fortune, her marriages fail and her weaknesses are exposed.

    Release date: 11 October

  • The Testament Of Mary, Colm Tóibín

    In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief.

    An exiled and fragile Mary does not believe her crucified child is the Son of God, is furious with his disciples, and does not want to co-operate with writing of the Gospel, in Tóibín's provocative and imaginative portrayal that ultimately shows her to be "a figure of immense moral stature."

    Release date: 25 October

  • The Vintage Teacup Club, Vanessa Greene

    A heartwarming, quintessentially British tale of how three very different women embark on a friendship that changes their lives forever.

    The group meet when they all spot the same vintage China tea set at a car boot sale in Sussex and decide to share it, with each character's desire for the tea set driven by their own personal issues.

    Release date: 11 October

  • Married By Christmas, Scarlett Bailey

    All she wants is perfect Christmas Eve wedding...

    But Anna finds out two weeks before the big day that her groom is already married. Not that this bombshell will drag the bride-to-be away from the altar in this light-hearted, festive chick-lit.

    Release date: 25 October