New Books: 26 October 2021

Carson, Scott: Where They Wait

(Simon & Schuster/Atria/Bestler 978-1-9821-0462-7, $27, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

Technothriller/horror novel about a deadly mindfulness app that gives users nightmares featuring a dead woman who whispers guidance—or threats.


Hannibal, James R.: Wolf Soldier

(Enclave Escape 978-1621841951, $22.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

Young-adult fantasy novel, first in the Lightraider Academy series. A shepherd and four young initiates quest to close an expanding portal before their land is invaded, but they need the help of a spy and his companion—a large talking silver wolf.


Lozada-Oliva, Melissa: Dreaming of You

(Astra House 978-1662600593, $25, 192pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

A young Latinx poet tries to bring her favorite pop star back to life. Written in verse.


MonCrieff, J.H.: The Restoration

(Flame Tree Press US 978-1-78758-705-2, $24.95, 224pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, October 26, 2021)

Horror novel. A woman and her young daughter move into an old manor house, planning to restore it, but the restoration goes wrong and dark forces won’t let them leave.


Morris, Mark, ed.: Beyond the Veil

(Flame Tree Press US 978-1-78758-463-1, $24.95, 320pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, October 26, 2021)

Original horror anthology, the second volume in a series, with 20 stories. Authors include Nathan Ballingrud, Gemma Files, Christopher Golden, Lisa Tuttle, and Aliya Whiteley.


O’Nan, Ryan: Winders

(JAB Books 9781625675378, $27.99, 344pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

SF novel. Juniper Trask discovers how dangerous Winding time back can be when she joins the Council and begins to question the Code which allows Winders to exist in secret among ordinary humans.


Ochse, Weston: A Hole in the World

(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1-781089149, $14.99, 432pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

SF novel, the first in the Preacher’s Daughter Saves the World series, set in the same world as Burning Sky and Dead Sky. Towns in the US and UK disappear and the few who notice are disregarded, until the Black Dragoons and Special Unit 77, clandestine military units who fight supernatural threats, start investigating.


Priest, Cherie: Grave Reservations

(Simon & Schuster/Atria 978-1982168896, $26, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

Humorous paranormal mystery novel involving an inconsistently psychic travel agent teamed with a Seattle PD detective.

Grave Reservations, a detective romp with a supernatural twist, shows Priest stretching in a new direction. Where her previous work tended toward the spooky and moody, Grave Reserva­tions is brisk and fun without being so lightweight it simply floats away. It’s the perfect book for a harrowing week/month/year because it only wants to entertain you.

Adrienne Martini, Locus, October 2021

Shea, Hunter: Faithless

(Flame Tree Press US 978-1-78758-621-5, $24.95, 304pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, October 26, 2021)

Horror novel. A priest leaves his ministry after hearing his family being murdered over the phone, but the house he retires to seems to have a dark presence in it.


Singh, Nalini: Archangel’s Light

(Penguin Random House/Jove 978-0-593-19814-8, $8.99, 400pp, formats: paperback, ebook, October 26, 2021)

14th novel in the Guild Hunter series. Illium and Aodhan serve together in China, but a secret discovered there puts their relationship in crisis.


Swallow, James: Star Trek: Coda, Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow

(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-9821-5854-5, $16, 368pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

Star Trek tie-in novel. The second in the Coda trilogy. The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse, as an unknown adversary attacks countless alternate and parallel universes.


Thompson, Tade: Far from the Light of Heaven

(Orbit US 978-0-7595-5791-8, $17.99, 384pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

When a generation ship arrives at its destination, some of the suspended travelers have been killed as they slept.

Like the Rosewater trilogy, it’s a book brimming with big ideas, imaginative flair, and memorable characters; and just as Thompson did with alien invasions, the novel also puts a new spin on one of the oldest sub-genres: the locked-room mystery.

Ian Mond, Locus, October 2021

Waggoner, Tim: Halloween Kills

(Titan Books US 978-1789096019, $8.99, 320pp, formats: paperback, ebook, audio, October 26, 2021)

Novelization of the movie. Laurie Strode escapes Michael Myers and thinks she’s killed him, but when he escapes from her trap she gathers a group of survivors to hunt him down.

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