Most Anticipated May Releases

Hey, Savvy Readers! I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. I don’t know about you, but it feels like April is flying by. I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through another month. May will be here before we know it, so it’s time to add some more books to your TBR!

May 5th

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The War Widow by Tara Moss

The war may be officially over, but journalist Billie Walker’s search for a missing young German immigrant plunges her right back into the danger and drama she thought she’d left behind in Europe. A thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in glamorous post-war Sydney.


Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan

Bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with a life-affirming exploration of love, loss, and how families come in all shapes and sizes.


Truth: A Brief History of Total Bullsh*t by Tom Phillips

This is a book about truth—and all the ways we try to avoid it—from the bestselling author of Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up.


A Short History of Falling by Joe Hammond

A Short History of Falling is a searingly beautiful, profound and unforgettable memoir that finds light and even humour in the darkest of places.


All We Left Behind by Danielle R. Graham

A powerful and incredibly moving historical novel inspired by an untold story of the Second World War.


Just for the Summer by Sue Moorcroft

The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday.

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The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel The One and Only Ivan (soon to be a major motion picture!) in this incredible sequel, starring Ivan’s friend Bob! 

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A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

May 12th

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Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa

The unforgettable, haunting story of a young woman’s perilous fight for freedom and justice for her brother, in the first novel published in English by a female Kurdish writer.

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The Girl He Left Behind by Beatrice MacNeil

The Girl He Left Behind is a moving story about how confronting life’s greatest uncertainties is often the only way forward.


This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…


Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

For fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, a spellbinding story of impossible love set against the backdrop of the Nazi regime.

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The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

A remarkable story of the heroic and unbreakable bond between a father and son that is as inspirational as The Tattooist of Auschwitz and as mesmerizing as The Choice.

May 19th


The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper

If you love Jennifer Robson or The Crown you will love New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper’s novel about Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

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The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

The bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish returns with a psychological thriller, filled with chilling serpentine twists, about a woman fighting to hold onto the only family she’s ever loved—and how far she’ll go to preserve it.

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These Women by Ivy Pochoda

From the award-winning author of Wonder Valley and Visitation Street comes a serial killer story like you’ve never seen before—a literary thriller of female empowerment and social change.

May 26th


Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Beauty. Wealth. Success. She’s got it all. And it all should’ve been mine.


East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter

Childhood friends Hannah, Maya, Blue and Renee share a bond that feels more like family. Growing up, they had difficult home lives, and the summers they spent together in Montauk were the happiest memories they ever made. Then, the summer after graduation, one terrible night changed everything.

Well that brings us to the end of our most anticipated May releases! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on these amazing books. What books are you adding to your TBR? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

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