October is usually a huge month for fiction, and this year is no exception. Organized by date, here are seven novels that are sure to be bestsellers. Are any of these authors (or series) on your list of absolute must-reads?


Dark Storm by Christine Feehan
Berkley, $26.95
Christine Feehan fans are obsessed with her high-stakes, sexy, passionate paranormal stories. Get ready for a battle of good versus evil in the latest installment of her Carpathian series, Dark Storm. Read Chapter 1 on Feehan's website.

Mad River by John Sandford
Putnam, $27.95
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers is after three teens on a killing spree in book #5 in John Sandford's series. Read Chapter 1 on Sandford's website.


The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Ballantine, $28
It feels like we've been waiting for the sequel to Cronin's The Passage for so long that I can't believe it's almost here—and we can finally check in on Peter, Alicia, Amy and the 12 original "virals." Get a spoiler-free preview in our review of the novel on BookPage.com, or read an excerpt on Cronin's website.

The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
Putnam, $28.95
I've heard of more than one reader refer to Cornwell's heroine, Kay Scarpetta, as a literary crush. Who wouldn't want to be like (or be with!) the brilliant Chief Medical Examiner of Boston? In Scarpetta's latest adventure, a woman has gone missing from a Canadian dinosaur dig.


Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
Berkley, $15
The market has been flooded with erotic novels since the success of 50 Shades of Grey—perhaps none more successful than Sylvia Day's Bared to You, the steamy (and explicit) story of Eva, a young woman making her way in NYC, and Gideon, the billionaire entrepreneur who pursues her. I know that fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on book #2 in the series. Read an excerpt on Day's website.

The Racketeer by John Grisham
Doubleday, $28.95
Grisham's latest thriller has a killer concept: Only four active federal judges have ever been murdered—until Judge Raymond Fawcett makes #5. The "Racketeer" knows who did it, but he's stuck in prison and the information comes at a price. If you already love Grisham's novels, I don't need to tell you why they're so addictive. Just make sure you clear a weekend before you dive in!

Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
Little, Brown, $30
In his first novel since I Am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe turns to a Miami setting in Back to Blood. The hero of this fast-paced story is Nestor Camacho, a Cuban-American police officer who wants nothing more than to live the American dream—but who becomes an outcast after he arrests (and saves) a Cuban refugee.

This is only a partial list of what you can look forward to reading this fall. For even more books for your TBR, revisit our 15 most anticipated fall releases and take a look at our October Top 10 newsletter.

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