When September rolls around, you know you are entering the season of the blockbuster. And this fall starts out with a real bang. The four books highlighted below tell different types of stories, but they are all Big Books that pack mystery, suspense, and thrills. For more books like these, check out our complete list of the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of September. If you are a lover of the mystery & thriller genre, this is your season.
The Chestnut Man: A Novel by Soren Sveistrup
Anyone who has watched the American television show The Killing, based on the Danish show The Crime, is familiar with Soren Sveistrup's work. Although this is his first novel, Sveistrup has been creating creepy crime drama for some time now—The Crime being his best-known work to date. That might change with The Chestnut Man. In this novel, a psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a "chestnut man" made of matchsticks and two chestnuts, which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. A pair of detectives must set aside their differences in order to piece together the clues and stop a killer.
The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King
King's latest novel marks a return to stories that place kids at the center of the action--and for that reason the book has been compared to It. But The Institute shares only a casual similarity to It. Late one night, Luke Ellis's parents are murdered and he is whisked off to a place full of gifted children—but this isn't Hogwarts. It's something much darker, a place run by evil people with ill intentions. Longtime readers of King's work will find vintage King lurking inside this book as well.
A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
One of the joys of fall is having another book by Louise Penny to look forward to. Unfortunately, things aren't going too well for Inspector Gamache in this new novel. He's been demoted. There's record flooding in Quebec. And he's being attacked on social media. When a body washes up in the flood waters, Gamache thinks he knows the identity of the killer. But a twist in the case causes him to examine his own motivations and judgement.
The Nanny: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
Although Jocelyn Holt grew up with the trappings of the well-to-do, she spent much of her youth feeling bitter and distant. The detachment she felt was due in no small part to her beloved Nanny's disappearance when Jocelyn was just seven years old. Now grown, she has returned to her parent's fading estate, where she must confront her troubled past with her mother. But the nanny will return to her life—and the pain that Jocelyn is trying so hard to bury will be resurrected, along with some very dark secrets.
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