So, I started writing this list with the intention of sharing a massive list of all of the new releases I was excited about for 2019. And when I had nearly 40 books on the list and I was only to March, I thought it would be best to split these up :) Here are the ones that caught my eye the most- I’ve got psychological thrillers to debut novels, own voices, and historical fiction.
Half of What You Hear | Kristyn Kusek Lewis | Release Date: December 31, 2018 | Domestic Fiction
A former White House staffer moves with her husband from DC to his hometown, which appears to be run on old money, family secrets, and gossip.
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding | Jennifer Robson | Release Date: December 31, 2018 | Historical Fiction
A novel about the creation of Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress and the fascinating women who made it. Perfect for any Royals obsessed Anglophile.
An Anonymous Girl | Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen | Release Date: January 8, 2019 | Suspense, Thriller
A struggling artist gets mixed up with an enigmatic psychologist though a research study about morality and gets more than she bargained for.
Sugar Run | Mesha Maren | Release Date: January 8, 2019 | Southern Fiction
A young woman sentenced for manslaughter when she was a teenager has just been released. She and her new, equally troubled girlfriend fight to create a new life in a small Appalachian town.
The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh | Release Date, January 8, 2019 | Dystopian Fiction
Gorgeous cover with polarizing early reviews. Three sisters live in seclusion at the hands of their parents who've been told that men are evil and – literally – toxic. Father disappears and three strange men wash ashore, leading the sisters into uncharted territory.
No Exit | Taylor Adams | Release Date: January 15th, 2019 | Suspense, Thriller
Four strangers get stuck at a rest stop during a Colorado blizzard. Darby goes to her car to try and get a signal, and she finds the van parked next to her has a little girl trapped in a cage inside. One of the four strangers is a kidnapper- but which one? I can’t wait to read this one- I think I’ll wait for the first big snowfall (when I’m safely indoors).
The Dreamers | Karen Thompson Walker | Release Date: January 15th, 2019 | Dystopian Fiction
Residents of a college town get afflicted by a mysterious illness that causes people to have life-altering dreams- and never wake up. I am always down for reading about a humanity ending epidemic!
The Suspect | Fiona Barton | Release Date: January 22nd, 2019 | Suspense, Thriller
Two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, sparking international interest. Kate Waters is a journalist who does what she can to be the first on the story- but this time, the subjects hit a little too close to home.
Golden Child | Claire Adam | Release Date: January 29th, 2019 | Psychological Fiction
This is the latest release by Hogarth- Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint. Paul and Peter are teenage twins in Trinidad. Their hardworking father has never fully understood Paul, this odd son of his, but as he comes to find out what happened to his world shatters- causing him to grapple with decisions that no one should have to make.
Once a Liar | A. F. Brady | Release Date: January 29th, 2019 | Suspense, Thriller
Peter Cain is a sociopathic Manhattan defense attorney who sets to acquit the worst of humanity- rapists, murderers, and pedophiles. He’s made some enemies along the way, and when his ex girlfriend and daughter of his professional enemy gets murdered, he finds himself as the primary suspect.
The Falconer | Dana Czapnik | Release Date: January 29th, 2019 | Fiction
It’s the early 90’s in New York City. Lucy is obsessed with basketball and has a crush on her best friend, Percy. This is a coming of age story about growing up female in a world with set expectations. It’s been getting a lot of praise, and Lucy has been getting comparisons to a female Holden Caulfield.
We Cast a Shadow | Maurice Carlos Ruffin | Release Date: January 29th, 2019 | Literary Fiction
In this family story meets satire about surviving racism in the near future, a father has to make a choice. Let his son embrace his blackness, which in this world means he might not survive, or give up nearly everything for an experimental procedure that will make his boy white. This is my most anticipated read from this list.
I have been finishing out the year by trying to get through some favorites of 2018 that I missed, so I’ll be excited to turn my attention to new titles in the new year. What are you excited to read in 2019?