Just picture it: You’re snuggled up by the fireplace in your living room with a warm cuppa in one hand and a gripping book in the other.
As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to fall we’ve already reached our quota of fluffy romance reads from the summer, so what should you reach for next?
Why not pick something a little darker and more suspenseful off the shelf that’ll have you on the edge of your sofa?
We’ve scoured the latest releases and bookwork approved favourites to come up with five perfect reads for the colder months.
From thrillers with bone chilling admissions to novels with love triangles that fizzle with sexual tension, we’ve got something for everyone.
Here are our top autumn picks.
The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont
Nina De Gramont has burst back into the world of thriller novels with her latest book diving into the mystery of Agatha Christie’s 11 day disappearance in 1926.
This is the devilishly clever story of Nan O’Dea who becomes Christie’s unlikely ally and as she disappears a dark secret is unravelled and a murder mystery unfolds.
Pre-order for £7.49 from Waterstones
Verity by Colleen Hoover
New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover has become the go-to novelist for heart wrenching romances and is best known for the Tiktok sensation It Ends With Us.
This book is a departure from her comfort zone as Verity tells the story of struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh, who is hired to complete the remining books of successful author Verity Crawford after she’s injured.
But Lowen uncovers Verity’s unfinished autobiography she never intended for anyone to read, which includes page after page of bone-chilling admissions.
As Lowen falls for Verity’s husband she realises the author’s devastating confessions may work in her favour, after all Verity’s horrifying truths would make it impossible for her husband to love her.
Buy for £4.50 from Amazon
The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
Autumn is spooky season and if you’re a fan of the Blair Witch Project then this thriller is a must read.
Swedish author Camilla Sten is known for this international bestseller in which documentary filmmaker Alice Lindestedt has been obsessed with The Lost Village where her grandmother’s family disappeared.
She gathers a small crew and travels there to make a film about what happened, but soon people go missing and one thing becomes glaringly clear.
They aren’t alone.
Buy for £11.99 from Amazon
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
A sizzling love triangle and an unspeakable tragedy.
Miranda Cowley Heller tells the story of Elle Bishop’s sudden passionate encounter behind a house as her husband chats to her mother inside.
Elle must decide over the next 24 hours whether to stay in the world she has made with her beloved husband Peter or to risk it for the lime she’d imagined with her childhood love before tragedy struck.
Buy for £7.49 from Waterstones.
Never Fall For Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath (Headline Eternal)
If a period drama is more your pace, perhaps you fell in love with Bridgeton like the rest of us then this pick may be more your style.
Virginia Heath dazzles with this historical romance which is perfect for fans of the fake relationship trope.
Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, definitely doesn’t want a wife but with his mother’s match-making antics he invents a fake fiancée. But upon hearing his mother is travelling to meet her he pays Minerva Merriwells to pose as his other half.
But as their relationship becomes more than just a ruse, is true love just one complication too many?
Buy for £8.15 from Amazon
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