Anticipated Reads: September Sizzlers
By Bayley Cornfield, Sarah Ernestine, Rebecca Ramlakhan, Meg Jones, Ellie Gibbs and Genevieve Bernard
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
14 Sep, Henry Holt & Co
Riveting, thrilling and gripping. Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Apples Never Fall is filled with mystery and suspense. The story follows the perfect Delaneys, a family who appear to live a dream life of success and happiness. The parents, Joy and Stan, are outstanding tennis players madly in love. And the four children – Amy, Logan, Troy and Brooke – are successful adults with the possibility of grandchildren on the horizon. When a bruised stranger turns up at the Delaneys' house one night, the Delaney’s warm-heartedly welcome Savannah into their home. But later, when both Joy and Savanah go missing, and only Stan remains, the children are forced into the difficult decision of holding their father accountable for the sudden disappearance of Savannah and Joy. Full of excitement and tension with each turning page, this contemporary novel is perfect for fans of the thriller genre.
No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull
7 Sep, Blackstone Publishing
North Carolina-based author Cadwell Turnball is releasing a thrilling new novel this September, No Gods, No Monsters. As the sun rises on an October morning, Laina learns that her brother has been killed by the police in Boston. A routine case of police brutality is soon revealed to be something even more sinister: monsters are real and they’re not hiding anymore. As monsters begin to emerge from the shadows to terrorize the public and pro-monster organisations begin to form, tensions rise and protests erupt around the world. Death rates rise and terror falls as a larger question rises to the surface: what forced the monsters out of the shadows, and why? No Gods, No Monsters is included in Marie Claire’s Must-Reads of 2021 and is a BookRiot pick of 2021 Black LGBTQ+.
Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney
7 Sep, Faber
The wait is almost over. Sally Rooney’s latest novel Beautiful World, Where Are You? lands this September. Following on from bestsellers Normal People and Conversations with Friends, it’s sure to be one to add to your reading list. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are young, free and living in the moment, but adult life is quickly catching up with them. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, a warehouse worker, and wants him to travel to Rome with her. Meanwhile, in Dublin, her best friend Eileen, recovering from a break-up, resumes flirting with Simon, a man she has known since her childhood. As their lives intertwine through desire, sex, friendship, love and the world they live in, we witness how at the end of the day human connection is all we have. It is up to us to value these relationships and choose to make the world a beautiful place.
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
17 Aug, Jo Fletcher Books
Velvet Was the Night is the latest hotly anticipated release from New York Times bestselling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Set in 1970s Mexico City, this gripping noir follows the suspicious disappearance of an art student and the people desperate to find her. Maite is a student seeking solace in passionate serial romances; Elvis is hoping to find a way to escape his life of crime. Following the clues to Leonora’s disappearance, both find themselves entangled in a web of radicalism and student protests. In each other, they find kindred spirits or lost souls united by the need to find Leonora first – before the government, hitmen and spies ensure Leonora’s secrets die with her.
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
16 Sep, Penguin
The sequel to Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club is almost here. Get your thinking caps on because it’s sure to be a bumpy ride. The Man Who Died Twice follows Elizabeth, a former MI5 operative now living in a peaceful retirement village, who enlists the help of some familiar faces: Joyce, a former nurse; Ibrahim, a retired psychiatrist; and Ron, a retired union leader. But what does she need help with? Elizabeth has been in contact with an old colleague who has made a big mistake … he’s stolen twenty-million dollars’ worth of diamonds and needs her help to evade the man who will kill him for them. Can the four friends solve the case, and maybe find some diamonds along the way? Fans of The Thursday Murder Club will want to find out.