New Releases for January

It’s a new year and time for new book releases. So excited to see what the publishing world has for us. Here are the books I’ve received thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the review copies.

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. This was released last year in the U.K. and was even shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but it’s now coming out in the U.S. This is a story of a complicated mother – daughter relationship and I’ve heard great things about it so I’m very excited about this one.

Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez. The stories in her new collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken—fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history—with bracing urgency. I don’t read a lot of short stories so that’s why this one interested me.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name. Sounds like a thriller with a promising premise.

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce. An audacious novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history–and the men who drove her to it. Sounds chilling.

Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey. In the follow-up to the acclaimed series debut The Missing American, PI Emma Djan investigates the death of a Ghanaian fashion icon and social media celebrity, Lady Araba. I haven’t not read the first book but I’m a bit more relaxed about reading books in order than I used to be so I look forward to this one.

Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling. It’s the summer of 1996 and school’s out forever for four friends. When Andy’s alcoholic mother predicts the apocalypse, the four teenagers decide to see out the end of the world at a deserted manor house, the site of a historic unsolved mystery. Who doesn’t want to read a book with a deserted manor as a setting?

Sounds like a lot of great reads to kick off the year. Is there one that sounds good to you? Which one would you pick up?

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