Everyone loves a good listicle, right? And who doesn’t love to get excited about new releases?! With August right around the corner, we figure it’s about time that we tell you which new releases we’re most excited to read! So, without further ado, here are the August reads that are making us shiver with anticipation.
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
This one is about as twisted as it comes. When a young woman steps out in front of Emily and gets run over by a car, she finds herself unable to move on. The woman – Rose – was a happily married young mother with a seemingly perfect life. Throwing logic to the curb, Emily decides she’ll take up the mantle – she’ll be Rose. It’s the least she could do, after all. Right? Things go predictably downhill from there. Also, their names are Emily and Rose. Care for another screening of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, anyone?
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
Okay, technically we’re cheating with this one, as A Simple Favor was released in 2017, but it’s being turned into a film this year, so the movie tie-in edition totally count as a new book. In the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, a single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend mysteriously vanishes… That’s all we want to say about the book because we don’t want to spoil anything, but the film stars two actresses we’re totally in love with – Anna Kendrick AND Blake Lively. Sometimes the world does give us wonderful things… Check out the trailer here if you haven’t already!
Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey
Combining humour and heartache is no easy task, but Claudia Dey certainly makes it look easy. When outsider Billie Jean Fontaine disappears in her bare feet with only the keys to her truck and a tracksuit, those closest to her join a frantic search to find her. Honestly, just get a load of these character names: Billie Jean Fontaine, Pony, The Heavy, and Supernatural. Right?! Oh, and there may or may not be a somewhat psychic killer dog. This is likely going to be the wildest book we read this month, and we can’t wait!
Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison
If you loved Lie to Me as much as we did, then we know you’re going to love Tear Me Apart! When superstar competitive skier Mindy Wright suffers a scary downhill crash that threatens both her career and life, the last thing she expected to hear from her surgeons was that she’s also suffering from a severe for of leukemia and that a stem cell treatment is her only hope (talk about a bad 24 hours…). Her parents are tested, of course, and a startling revelation comes to light: Mindy is not their daughter. What follows is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter, even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.
Perfect Silence by Helen Fields
Helen Fields returns to her beloved DI Callanach series with a particularly gruesome story. What could be worse than discovering the body of a young girl that was dumped on a road on the outskirts of Edinburgh? What about finding a doll carved into the victim’s skin?
Yeah. We know. Can’t get worse than that, right? Well, how about if I told you that detectives are stumped… until they find a DOLL MADE OF SKIN BESIDE AN ABANDONED BABY?! This is going to be one messed up read, and I am SO here for it!
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
Despite a troubled childhood, Cat Kinsella (great name, better at sleuthing) is a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force. When she’s called to the scene of a grisly murder right near the pub that her estranged father operates, the ghosts of her past start to resurface. But she’s getting more than she bargained for with this case – a mysterious phone call links the victim to a teenage girl who went missing eighteen years earlier… right after Cat had met her. The suspect in that disappearance? Her father. This is one debut novel you do NOT want to miss!
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
Poirot is back! And, thanks to Murder on the Orient Express, I can’t not see him as Kenneth Branagh’s glorious mustache.
This time around, Poirot returns home to find a woman berating him for accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy (another great name!). The twist? Poirot has never met this woman and has never even heard of the man with a great name. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he enters his home to find another visitor waiting for him – this time, a man named John McCrodden – who also berates Poirot for accusing him of the murder of, you guessed it, that Pandy fellow. Is there someone out there pretending to be Poirot, or is something sinister at work here? Either way, it’s a new case for (probably) the world’s greatest detective!
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
Speaking of everyone’s favourite characters being back, everyone’s favourite 100-year-old man, Allan Karlsson, is back and ready to get up to some shenanigans again. What do a hot air balloon trip, three bottles of champagne, a North Korean ship, Angela Merkel, 45, and a suitcase full of contraband uranium have in common? Seeing as this is a Jonas Jonasson book, everything, of course! This is going to be another hilarious romp for Allan Karlsson, and is the perfect light read for those late summer evenings.
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Looking to dive headfirst into another series? Look no further than These Rebel Waves! Told from the perspective of three very different characters – Adeluna, a soldier who helped her island overthrow its oppressor; Devereux, a pirate who scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market; and Benat, a heretic who doubles as the crown prince of Argrid with a secret obsession with forbidden magic – this incredible new fantasy series is full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world. So, yeah, it has a little something for everyone, and we’re super excited to check it out!
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
If you haven’t read Karin Slaughter before, do yourself a favour and read some Karin Slaughter books – she is the master of the psychological police procedural. We all think we know everything about our moms, right? Like, they’re moms… It’s not that complicated. But what if your mom wasn’t who she said she was? What if she’s been hiding her true identity for more than 30 years, and she just accidentally let it slip in front of you? These are the questions that drive Pieces of Her, a provocative, electrifying story more suspenseful and more thrilling than anything she’s ever written.
The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien
LOOK 👏 AT 👏 THAT 👏 COVER 👏 I played a lot of Magic: The Gathering back in the day, and this cover brings me right back to that time of my life. Return to Middle-earth with this sweeping, stunning tale of bitter rivals, undiscoverable cities, elves, Orcs, dragons, and ugly betrayals. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien himself, The Fall of Gondolin was “the first real story of this imaginary world.”
What August releases are you most excited for, Savvy Readers? Did your most anticipated read make the list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!