9. 'The Witch Elm' (Oct. 9)
Blending literary-quality prose with taut suspense in her Dublin Murder Squad series, Irish author Tana French quickly became heralded as a star of the mystery genre. Now she tackles her first standalone, where a man recovering from a brutal attack returns to his family home only to discover a skull in an elm tree. The discovery launches an suspenseful character study that examines the shifting nature of identity and perspective.