Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just when I like a certain prompt or can twist it in some fun way.
This week we got “Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020”. Pretty straight forward, I’m not doing anything different today. Below you will find all the shiny new releases coming out from January to June that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Most of them are thrillers because as you might know, it’s my favorite genre and I can’t seem to get enough of it lately.
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson || January 21st || The first book’s synopsis: Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.” Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. […]
I lovelovelove this series and I can’t wait. I might have to re-read the second book though.
Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani || January 28th || Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess. But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power… one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world. […]
This just sounds epic and I would love to read more books set in Japan. The name Kira instantly makes me want to like it (because Death Note).
Dead to her by Sarah Pinborough || February 11th || Being the second wife can be murder… “Once a cheat, always a cheat,” they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason, truly interested. So, when Jason’s boss brings home a hot new wife from his trip to London, the young Mrs William Radford IV isn’t quite the souvenir everyone expected. […]
I read Sarah Pinborough’s first book last year and was impressed. It was very fast paced and surprising, though I know it’s not for everyone.
Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis || March 3rd || The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone – and far off trail. […]
I have never really read a thriller about being lost in the woods. I’m very curious!
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson || March 3rd || Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. […]
A book about a murderer who copies murderers from books? My mind is already blown.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendriks & Sarah pekkanen || March 3rd || You probably know someone like Shay Miller. She wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated. You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters. They have an unbreakable circle of friends. They live the most glamorous life. They always get what they desire. Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers. […]
Last year I read both of their collaborative books. The Wife Between Us was one of my favorite thrillers of the year, while An Anonymous Girl really wasn’t for me. I’m excited to try more of their stuff! The synopses for these always sound so mysterious.
A Phoenix First Must Burn by 16 Authors, edited by Patrice Cladwell || March 10th || Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. […]
This book sounds like all any of us could ever ask for. And more?
He Started it by Samantha Downing || April 28th || Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance. But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone. […]
I just finished Samantha Downing’s debut novel yesterday and I enjoyed it. This whole sketchy cast of characters coming together sounds great!
The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda || June 23rd || Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.” Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. […]
I loooooved Megan Miranda’s first adult mystery/thriller novel All the Missing Girls. I haven’t read any of her other stuff but this synopsis sounds the most appealing to me anyways. Side note… I wonder if this putting “GIRL” in the title thing is ever gonna go away? Ever since Gone Girl there has been no escaping them.
The Swap by Robyn Harding || June 23rd || Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, a once-famous social media influencer who now owns the pottery studio in town. After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging… that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. […]
I couldn’t put the whole synopsis because it’s too long but basically, people swap partners for a night for fun but someone gets pregnant. That his sounds intense!
Those were my picks for this Top Ten Tuesday prompt. Now I to hear from you…
Are you anticipating any of these releases?
If you could magically make any book set to be released in 2020 appear in your hands right now, which one would it be?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!