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Take your reading to the edge this winter.

Reach into the lengthening shadows and you might discover the thrill of reading on the sinister side. From labyrinthine espionage to apocalyptic visions, historical horrors to domestic noir, this is where diversity rules and the chills are ranked on a sliding scale. Here are some winter reads that offer varying degrees of darkness, so you can test the limits of your comfort zone.

  • The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.

  • A world beyond hope. A girl with a secret. One chance for survival. The Passage meets Mad Max in this stunning debut.

  • The story of a nineteenth century court case involving Thomas Guthrie Carr, a notorious, larger-than-life character who made his living as a mesmerist, phrenologist, public speaker and some say charlatan.

  • 'I read this with awe. Spoils is a harrowing and incredibly powerful debut which shows war in all its complexity and viciousness and which attempts to humanise it through extraordinary and conflicted characters' Kate Atkinson

  • An electrifying global conspiracy-thriller from the internationally bestselling author of HHhH.

  • Harry Hole is back! The blistering Sunday Times number one bestseller

  • A heart-stopping novel of deception and delusion from an exciting new Australian author of domestic noir.

  • The power of a mother's love is tested in this race-against-time debut thriller, perfect for fans of ROOM and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN.

  • An enchantingly written story of four sisters, one long hot summer and a terrible secret that binds them.

  • A new novel for reading groups from international bestseller Fredrik Backman.

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