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Here’s Northern Life’s daunting reads to get you in the spirit and keep you up all night. Light the pumpkin and let yourself disappear in these eerie-sistible novels, they’re the pick of the patch!

DEATH AWAITS IN DURHAM BY HELEN COX

When librarian and budding private investigator Kitt Hartley visits her ex-assistant Grace Edwards in Durham, she soon learns of an unsolved murder. A year ago, Jodie Perkins, a Mechanics student,
disappeared after her student-radio broadcast was cut short with a deafening scream. The police suspect Jodie was murdered although her body was never found. Can Kitt and Grace uncover the truth? This book is a relaxing (mostly) read, perfect for those sit back and chill moments. The fact this book was the fourth
in a series did not matter as it is also a superb stand-alone book too. The mystery and excitement in this novel makes it a joy to read. £8.99. Published by Quercus

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT BY SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA

If you have never read a Mexican Gothic novel before, make this your first. In 1970’s Mexico City, students are protesting and political unrest consumes the city. Maite is deeply envious of her neighbour, Leonora, a beautiful art student who lives the life of excitement Maite craves. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite jumps at the chance to uncover her secrets. But she is not the only one searching. Elvis, a gangster who loathes violence – although he is very good at it. As they uncover the secrets, they can no longer escape the danger consuming their own lives which are becoming more passionate than a pop song and stranger than pulp fiction. £16.99 Published by Del Rey

THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS BY CHUCK WENDIG

A family returns to their hometown and to the dark past that haunts them still. This is a masterpiece of literary horror. Nathan, Maddie, and their 15-year-old son Ollie are given an opportunity to leave the city behind when Nate’s abusive father passes away and leaves him the family home for a measly $1.00. Nate would rather never return but Maddie insists this will be what’s best for the family and so he agrees. Odd things start to happen as soon as they arrive in the house. Nate begins seeing the ghost of his late father. Maddie’s sculptures begin to come alive. Ollie meets a new friend, the mysterious Jake, whose intentions seem less than genuine. A brilliant and fascinating supernatural horror story! £16.99 Published by Del Rey

THE HIDING PLACE BY AMANDA MASON

Some secrets can never be concealed. Nell Galilee, her husband, and 12 year-old stepdaughter Maude rent a holiday cottage by the sea, needing time and space away from home after Maude became involved in some troubling events. Nell grew up in this small, wind-blown town and has mixed feelings about returning, and it isn’t long before she is recognised by a neighbour, seemingly desperate to befriend her. The cottage too has been empty for some time, and from the start Nell feels uncomfortable there. Something isn’t quite right about this place. A brilliant, unsettling, and chilling novel of mothers and daughters, truth and deception and the lengths people will go to, to obtain power over their own lives. A cleverly plotted novel keeping the reader on the edge of their seat till the very end… £12.99. Published 14th October 2021 by Zaffre

THE NOISE BY JAMES PATTERSON

In the shadow of Mount Hood, 16-year-old Tennant is checking rabbit traps with her eight-year-old sister Sophie when the girls are suddenly overcome by a strange vibration rising out of the forest, building in intensity until it sounds like a deafening crescendo of screams. From out of nowhere, their father sweeps them up and drops them through a trapdoor into a storm cellar. But the sound only gets worse. The Noise is a terrifying, dark and very unsettling read and a wonderful psychological suspense novel. £20. Published by Century