Sophie Hannah’s The Orphan Choir was not an obvious Book of the Month: I hate anything spooky and this is a terrifying supernatural story. But it really is good if you like that sort of thing. This is part of a new series of novels by established, much-loved writers, trying out a new style for Hammer, the publishing arm of the film company. (Warning: very scary.) Also featured this month: Appetite by Philip Kazan, a foodie version of Perfume; Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux, a tale about identity and forgery; and The Movement of the Stars by Amy Brill, a novel based on the life of America’s first female astronomer. My not-so-secret favourite? I’ve already gone on about it enough: Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother, her tour-de-force novel about a sister forced to choose between her marriage and her overweight brother.