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Revival by Stephen King review Stephen King returns to the horror genre

Dont be lulled by the vivid descriptions of ordinary life: this tale of a Methodist ministers descent into darkness will catch you outRead a chapter from RevivalLate in this novel, a character we have come to care about, who is dying, painfully, of lung c

Dark Tides by Chris Ewan review Halloween chills, Manx style

Drawing on classic horror films, this Isle of Man-set thriller avoids schlock cliches to deliver a chilling readIt is 31 October on the Isle of Man. Eight-year-old Claire Cooper is out with her mother, celebrating Hop-tu Naa, the Manx version of Halloween

An Event in Autumn review Henning Mankells lugubrious detective Kurt Wallander is back, briefly

Published in English for the first time, Mankells delightful novella finds Wallander in typically dejected formHenning Mankells lugubriously lonely detective Kurt Wallander is back briefly. Originally written for a Dutch crime festival, the novella An Ev

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb a melancholic hero fights again

This unexpected return to the adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer is modern fantasy at its irresistible best.

One Kick review Chelsea Cain's dark, dangerous journey into evil

Chelsea Cain's compelling new heroine Kick is complex and clever with a chilling back story.

Kate Atkinson to publish companion volume to award-winning Life after Life

A God in Ruins will focus on Ursula Todd's younger brother in new tale of renewal and second chancesKate Atkinson is set to return to the world of Ursula Todd, the heroine of her acclaimed bestselling novel Life After Life who lived her own life over and

The Dark Meadow review Andrea Maria Schenkel's murder mystery 'packs a lingering punch'

Schenkel returns with an excellent dark tale set in rural community and based on real eventsAndrea Maria Schenkel's debut, the short, brutal The Murder Farm, told of a murdered family in a German village after the second world war: old man Danner, his wif

Touched review Joanna Briscoe's creepy tale of a house that harbours secrets

Children go missing from a cottage that resists renovation in a wonderfully claustrophobic horror.

Alex by Pierre Lemaitre - review

If Winston Smith's Room 101 nightmare in Nineteen Eighty-Four proved too disturbing an image for you, then it's probably best to steer clear of Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, the first thriller by this popular French author to be translated into English. The ep

Carlos Acosta leaps into Waterstones' spotlight as debut novelist

Revered dancer's Cuban saga joins 10 other first books picked by bookseller as 'debut literary stars of 2013' After enthralling audiences around the world with his dancing, Carlos Acosta is making his entrance on to a different stage with a debut novel,