Strange fey images and vibrant prose make Kate Atkinson's wonderful new novel Human Croquet (HarperCollins, 3hrs, pounds 8.99) excellent listening, though Patricia Hodge reads a shade too meaningfully and the story is less empathetic than Behind The Scenes at the Museum.

How would you cope if your 17-year-old daughter was kidnapped by a psychopath? Deborah Moggach's spine-chilling Seesaw (Reed, c2hrs, pounds 8.99) is every parent's worst nightmare.

Josie Lawrence's compelling reading will keep you chewing your nails for every terrifying minute.

Not scared enough? A dramatisation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary (BBC, 3hrs, pounds 8.99) should see you right over the edge. Complete with gruesome groans and ominous traffic noises from the killer road that stimulates the vengeance of its ghastly "deadfall" of pets - and people - this is not for the faint-hearted, or for bedtime.

Christina Hardyment