YES, DADDY, Jonathan Parks-Ramage. An aspiring playwright falls for an established writer, but when he visits the older man’s sprawling Hamptons estate, the relationship turns unsettling and violent. “A well-formed coming-of-age story, both erotic and chilling,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.
THE ALBUM OF DR. MOREAU, Daryl Gregory. In this sci-fi novella, a Las Vegas detective has only 24 hours to uncover who murdered Dr. M., the manager of the world’s only genetically-engineered human-animal hybrid boy band. Bookshop.
UNSETTLED GROUND, Claire Fuller. Middle-aged twins living in rural isolation face a reckoning when their mother dies. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, which calls it “a heart-stopping novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival.” Bookshop.
THE BETRAYALS, Bridget Collins. An elite and secretive magical academy that teaches its students how to compete in an arcane competition hires its first woman headmaster, an event that upends the school’s centuries-old traditions. Bookshop.
THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, Nancy Tucker. After killing another child, a girl changes her name and goes into hiding, but twenty years later, the past begins to catch up with her in the form of threatening phone calls. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a spectacular fiction debut.” Bookshop.
THE SUMMER SEEKERS, Sarah Morgan. Three women in different stages of their live embark upon an epic summer road trip. “Morgan’s latest, possibly her best yet, is the ultimate road-trippin’ beach read and just what we all need after the long lockdown,” writes Booklist in a starred review. Bookshop.
THE ATMOSPHERIANS, Alex McElroy. A once successful wellness influencer hopes to restore her image by becoming the face of a rehabilitation facility for misogynistic men run by her childhood best friend, but it soon becomes clear that horrors await her when she gets to the camp. In a starred review, Kirkus calls it “as uncomfortable as it is thought-provoking…Edgy, addictive, gruesome, and smart.” Bookshop.
PROOF OF LIFE, Daniel Levin. In this nonfiction narrative, an armed conflict negotiator goes on the hunt for a missing man in Syria. Bookshop.
THE HUNTING WIVES, May Cobb. A restless wife in small-town Texas finds herself drawn to an alluring socialite and her mysterious elite clique, but when the body of a young girl is found near where the clique regularly meets, the wife finds herself part of a murder investigation and her own life spirals out of control. “Wild plot twists keep the pages turning up to the unexpected ending,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review. Bookshop.
THE BREAK-UP BOOK CLUB, Wendy Wax. Three book club members support each other through major life transitions. Bookshop.
TOKYO EVER AFTER, Emiko Jean. A Japanese American teen raised by a single mother discovers that her father is the crown prince of Japan. “Jean’s effervescent third novel, Tokyo Ever After, is a fresh, funny, emotive, inspiring and empowering #OwnVoices triumph,” writes Shelf Awareness. Bookshop.
THE SOULMATE EQUATION, Christina Lauren. A DNA-based dating company pairs a busy single mother with the company’s surly founder, whom she can’t stand — right? In a starred review, Kirkus writes that “Readers won’t want to leave these characters or this world. A sexy, science-filled, and surprising romance full of warmth and wit.” Bookshop.
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