11 New Books To Add To Your Reading List
11 New Books To Add To Your Reading List

11 New Books To Add To Your Reading List

If you’re after a new book, we’ve rounded up the best of the recent releases – from highly anticipated debuts to beach reads from some of our favourite authors…
By Heather Steele

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Love Letters To A Serial Killer By Tasha Coryell

In this dark and compelling debut thriller, an aimless young woman starts writing to an accused serial killer while he awaits trial. Recently ghosted and sick of watching her friends fade into the suburbs, 30-something Hannah finds community in a true-crime forum that’s on a mission to solve the murders of four women in Atlanta. After William, a handsome lawyer, is arrested for the killings, Hannah begins writing him letters. The exercise empowers her and even feels healthy – until William writes back. Hannah’s interest in the case goes from curiosity to obsession, leaving space for nothing else as her life implodes around her. When a fifth woman is discovered murdered, the jury has no choice but to find William not guilty, and Hannah is the first person he calls upon his release. The two of them quickly fall into a routine of domestic bliss. Well, as blissful as a routine can feel when one partner is secretly investigating the other for serial murder…

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Gold Rush By Olivia Petter

Podcast host and Forbes 30 Under 30 journalist Olivia Petter has written her first novel. Imagine you’ve just spent the night with the most famous man on the planet. Except you don’t quite remember it. That is what happens to Rose, a 20-something woman who seemingly has everything going for her. Working for one of the most powerful news outlets in the country, Rose spends her days doing PR for glossy magazines. There are tedious spreadsheets, fashion divas and many A-list parties. It’s at one of those parties that she meets Milo Jax, the world-famous, globally adored, British pop sensation. An unlikely flirtation turns into an even more unlikely evening and then Rose wakes up, unable to piece it all together. What happens next changes everything. 

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Long Island Compromise By Taffy Brodesser-Akner

We loved Fleishman Is in Trouble, so we’ve been waiting patiently for Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s second novel. Long Island Compromise is a darkly exhilarating tale of an American family and its inheritance. In 1980, a wealthy businessman named Carl Fletcher is kidnapped from his driveway in the nicest part of the nicest part of Long Island. He is brutalised, held for ransom and then returned to his family. Miraculously, Carl, his wife and his three kids are left to move on with their lives. But nearly 40 years later, when Carl’s mother dies, the trauma that has been bubbling beneath the Fletchers’ lives all this time surfaces at last. It becomes apparent that Carl has been quietly pursuing closure to the kidnapping for all these years, and his wife and children must accept that the money they believed had bought them safety was never actually capable of doing any such thing.

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Little Rot By Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi’s pacy new novel follows five people over the course of a weekend that brutally upends all their lives. When Kalu drops Aima at the airport, it marks the end of their four-year relationship. Shattered and broken open, he thinks that’s the last he will see of his girlfriend. But Aima is drawn back into Lagos, and to the scandalous, decadent nightlife of her best friend. Meanwhile, reeling from the breakup, Kalu accepts an exclusive invitation to one of his best friend’s sordid, global parties – a way to escape, if only for a night. Just as two Nigerian sex workers visiting from Kuala Lumpur collide into the scene, everything goes to hell when Kalu’s actions plunge them all into a whirling descent through the corrupt and glittering underbelly of the city.

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The Eyes Are The Best Part By Monika Kim

Ji-won's life is in disarray. Her father's affair has ripped her family to shreds, leaving her to piece their lives back together. So, when her mother's obnoxious new white boyfriend enters the scene, bragging about his flawed knowledge of Korean culture and ogling Asian waitresses in restaurants, Ji-won's hold over her emotion starts to strain. As he gawks at her and her sister around their claustrophobic apartment, Ji-won becomes more and more obsessed with his brilliant blue eyeballs. And as her fixation and rage grow, Ji-won decides that she must do the one thing that will save her family... and also curb her cravings.

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I Will Crash By Rebecca Watson

I Will Crash is the new novel from Rebecca Watson, one of the Observer’s best debut novelists of 2021 who was also shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize. It’s been six years since Rosa last saw her brother. She’s spent that time carefully not thinking about him. Not remembering their childhood. Not mentioning those stories, even to the people she loves. Now the distance she had so carefully put between them has collapsed. Can she find a way to make peace – to forgive, to be forgiven – when the past she’s worked so hard to contain threatens to spill over into the present? From the acclaimed author of Little Scratch, this is a moving, powerfully honest novel about how we love, grieve and forgive.

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I Want to Die but I Want To Eat Tteokbokk By Baek Sehee

When Baek Sehee started recording her sessions with her psychiatrist, her hope was to create a guide for herself. She never imagined she would reach so many people with her reflections. I Want To Die But I Want To Eat Tteokbokki became a runaway international bestseller, reaching a community of readers who appreciated its frank and vulnerable discussions of depression and anxiety. Translated from South Korean, Sehee’s new book contains further conversations with her psychiatrist, with her poignant personal reflections dotted among them – and it really is an original and taboo-busting demonstration of how dealing with depression and anxiety is an ongoing journey. In this second book, the inner conflict Sehee experiences in treatment becomes even more complex and challenging, demonstrating that grappling with everyday despair is part of a lifelong project.

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Swift River By Essie Chambers

On the sweltering streets of the dying New England mill town of Swift River, 16-year-old Diamond Newbury is desperately lonely. It’s 1987 and it’s been seven years since her father disappeared; while her mother is determined to move on, Diamond can’t distance herself from his memory. When Diamond receives a letter from a relative she’s never met, she unearths long-buried secrets of her family’s past and discovers a legacy she never knew she was missing. The more she learns, however, the harder it becomes to reconcile her old life with the one she wants to lead. So begins an epic story spanning the 20th century that reveals a much larger picture that will change Diamond’s life forever.

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Ordinary Time By Cathy Rentzenbrik

Ann is a reluctant vicar’s wife. She tries her best, but her husband only has eyes for God, her son is asking questions she struggles to answer, and it is all too easy to displease the congregation. So, when her brother needs her help, Ann travels from Cornwall up to London. There she meets Jamie, and a new world unexpectedly opens. Ann knows what the older women of the parish would say – she’s made her bed and now she has to lie in it. But once she has been led into temptation, it may prove impossible to resist. Ordinary Time is an unforgettable story of the joys and sorrows of everyday life – one that asks big questions about friendship, marriage, forgiveness, redemption, and the real meaning of love.

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Teddy By Emily Dunlay

This wildly entertaining debut novel follows the free-spirited wife of an American diplomat as she desperately tries to contain a scandal of her own making. It is the summer of 1969 and Rome is awash with glamour and intrigue: the stars of Cinecittà are drinking and dancing along the paparazzo-lined Via Veneto, where royalty, American expats and the occasional Russian spy rub shoulders. Teddy Huntley Carlyle has just arrived in Italy from Dallas, Texas, eager for a fresh start with her new husband, a diplomat assigned to the American embassy. She will be the soul of discretion; she will be conservative, proper, and polite. She keeps her promise, more or less, until 4th of July, when her new life explodes spectacularly. Now, Teddy is in the middle of a mess that even her powerful connections and impeccable manners can’t contain…

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Same As It Ever Was By Claire Lombardo

The Most Fun We Ever Had was a hit in the SL office over lockdown, and now Claire Lombardo returns with another brilliantly observed family drama, in which a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present. At 57, Julia Ames has found herself with an improbably lovely life. Despite her inclination towards self-sabotage, she has a husband she loves, two happy children and a quiet, contented existence in the suburbs. But, out of the blue, things begin to change. Her well-behaved son, Ben, is acting strangely, and will soon make a shocking announcement. Her beloved but belligerent teenage daughter is about to depart for college, leaving Julia unexpectedly terrified of an empty nest. And, in the local grocery store, Julia encounters a woman she hasn’t seen for 20 years. Consumed with her chequered past and the chaos of her present, Julia starts to spin out of control, at risk of destroying all she most loves. Same as It Ever Was examines the complete and complicated trajectory of one woman’s life and asks what it takes to make – and not break – a family.

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